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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Exactly, and if you're trying to balance a budget, adding expenses is not the way to do it.

    The government getting involved in manufacturing brings to mind a word, one that is not too popular in the USA, one that starts with an S.... let's see.... what was that word again? has something to do with government ownership of the means of production.

    Hm.. Can't think of it right off hand. Can you?
    Oh, I know that word. Lets not get the nutters going though. We're. Mixed economy and likely to stay that way. Bu I keep cautioning people on calling on the government act. They will. And if they are going to be blamed, and taking credit is a plus, they will do something.

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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Oh, I know that word. Lets not get the nutters going though. We're. Mixed economy and likely to stay that way. Bu I keep cautioning people on calling on the government act. They will. And if they are going to be blamed, and taking credit is a plus, they will do something.
    No doubt they will do something. No matter what it is, someone won't like it.
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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Exactly, and if you're trying to balance a budget, adding expenses is not the way to do it.

    The government getting involved in manufacturing brings to mind a word, one that is not too popular in the USA, one that starts with an S.... let's see.... what was that word again? has something to do with government ownership of the means of production.

    Hm.. Can't think of it right off hand. Can you?

    Read it and weep my left wing friend....that was 500 billion over 10 years.


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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Obama has increased the debit almost 7 trilion dollars and as far as the military goes he originally cut it 500 billion and wants to cut another 500 billion......Even his own SECDEF was protesting that to the congress.......Those are the facts......He is trying to turn our military into a 3rd rate organization.



    If the U.S. defense budget was cut in half it would still be more than China and Russia combined spend, with a good bit left over.

    How is that 3rd rate?

    You need to explain that one.

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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post

    Read it and weep my left wing friend....that was 500 billion over 10 years.


    Panetta warns of degraded military readiness from spending cuts - CNN.com
    Baloney. Panetta is talking about "sequestration" once again. The "cuts" are not really cuts at all, but reductions in the rate of increase.

    One would expect some real reductions as troop levels decrease in Afganistan and troops are brought home from Iraq.

    This so called "cut" is nothing but a liberal smoke and mirrors exercise in creative mathematics. First, you propose a 10% increase in spending, then lower that to only 5%, and claim it was a 5% cut over what was planned to be spent.

    The government does the same thing with non military spending as well. When has the actual spending ever been less than the year before for anything? As long as the big government statists are in power telling the right wing we must continue to expand the military, and the left wing that we must continue to increase social spending, the government will never be reigned in.
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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Baloney. Panetta is talking about "sequestration" once again. The "cuts" are not really cuts at all, but reductions in the rate of increase.

    One would expect some real reductions as troop levels decrease in Afganistan and troops are brought home from Iraq.

    This so called "cut" is nothing but a liberal smoke and mirrors exercise in creative mathematics. First, you propose a 10% increase in spending, then lower that to only 5%, and claim it was a 5% cut over what was planned to be spent.

    The government does the same thing with non military spending as well. When has the actual spending ever been less than the year before for anything? As long as the big government statists are in power telling the right wing we must continue to expand the military, and the left wing that we must continue to increase social spending, the government will never be reigned in.


    Pretty much on the money.

    Cutting the rate of increase is not a real cut.

    If we spent $700 billion on 'defense' last year, and we want to cut our defense spending 10%, this year's spending must be no more than $630 billion.

    Like you say slapping on a 10% increase and then cutting that 5% is no cut at all.

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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    If the U.S. defense budget was cut in half it would still be more than China and Russia combined spend, with a good bit left over.

    How is that 3rd rate?

    You need to explain that one.
    good point.

    Military expenditure by nation ....

    US: 41%
    China: 8.2%
    Russia: 4.1%

    the US spends more of its GDP on the military as well ...

    US: 4.7% (second largest by % GDP)
    China: 2.0%
    Russia:3.9% (third largest by % GPD)

    although ... Saudi Arabia spends almost double what the US does in GDP terms .... 8.7%

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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Not in the U.S.A.,no more war's because of lies, being told to the American people.


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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Pretty much on the money.

    Cutting the rate of increase is not a real cut.

    If we spent $700 billion on 'defense' last year, and we want to cut our defense spending 10%, this year's spending must be no more than $630 billion.

    Like you say slapping on a 10% increase and then cutting that 5% is no cut at all.
    No, no, no. This is not how it works.

    Here:

    The right hand of the State submits a proposal:

    "Let's build a laser cannon capable of blowing away the planet of Jupiter. The intelligence is incomplete at this point, but doesn't this "Red Spot" give you the creeps? According to our back-of-the-envelope calculation, it will cost us mere $666 trillion dollars over the next 777 years. Can we afford NOT to do it?"

    The left hand of the State levels its scathing criticism: "This is totally, absolutely, preposterously insane. You people are unbelievable. Six trillion over the next seven years, inflation adjusted, and not a penny more"

    Both hands, in unison: "It took a lot of personal courage and bipartisan cooperation, but look: We just have cut our defense spending by more than 90%!"
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    Re: Is the world a better place without Saddam Hussein?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post

    I know the difference between the debt and the deficit and Obama has increased the debit almost 7 trillion dollars and as far as the military goes he originally cut it 500 billion and wants to cut another 500 billion......Even his own SECDEF was protesting that to the congress.......Those are the facts......He is trying to turn our military into a 3rd rate organization.
    How about an iota of honesty, Navy....what you are expressing so loudly is only your opinion.
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