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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    But then what do we do with the money we have not spent on the military?

    Save the money and reduce the deficit, or spend it on other more important things like infrastructure or healthcare?
    Infrastructure, job creation/programs, research & development, paying down the debt/deficit - things like that.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    I would expand our commitment to veterans, and then cut it down to a peacetime force. Interventionism would end except in the direct of circumstances. I'd use the savings to nation build here in the states.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    What would you do with our defense spending? Would you downsize it? Increase it? Leave it the same? Please explain each of your choices.
    I would moderately increase it and dramatically shift our emphasis away from COIN and small wars. The war fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has left our conventional priorities in serious need of attention.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    What would you do with our defense spending? Would you downsize it? Increase it? Leave it the same? Please explain each of your choices.
    I would cut spending but I would choose which programs that get the ax and adjust the cuts based on that. I would cut the navy from buying bio-fuel. I would replace many of the POGs with their civilian counterparts if it is cheaper to hire them instead of using military for that job.I would cut any CIA programs that outside of foreign spying.I would cut all domestic spying and ban phone companies and ISPs from storing certain information so that the government has nothing to demand to demand from those companies. I would also close all over seas bases and move them along our borders to use force to secure our borders.I would ban military aid for other countries.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I'd decrease it close to 80%. The military industrial complex has eaten up enough of taxpayer money.
    You cant just say "decrease it by 80%". When you do something like that, invariably, the soldier and family members suffer. Cut 20% and you will cut 20% of service and Soldier functions. You wont touch contractor and cost excesses.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    I would increase military spending, but only in areas where it is needed: soldier pay and benefits, and technological advancements. I am a Democrat, but I believe, as I have stated in other threads, that we must maintain the most powerful military in the world so that we do not have to use it. Simply put, if we are strong enough, no one will challenge us.

    Now, that being said, I also feel that we should not use that might in order to just gain access to oil reserves and the like, but rather to defend our values of freedom and human rights around the world.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Decrease it by at least half. Even with half of the resources we would still have the wherewithal to put together a massice military force in time of need.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    You cant just say "decrease it by 80%". When you do something like that, invariably, the soldier and family members suffer. Cut 20% and you will cut 20% of service and Soldier functions. You wont touch contractor and cost excesses.
    We wouldn't really have soldiers. I'd end the wars, pull all of our military bases, and end all entangling alliances. Essentially when I get done, we won't have a need or a want for a standing army. Should we get invaded, which would be highly unlikely, then people will sign up for the military and fight. However, considering most of the population is armed and would be even more so if I also had the power to abolish all standing gun control legislation...I find that highly unlikely.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    We wouldn't really have soldiers. I'd end the wars, pull all of our military bases, and end all entangling alliances. Essentially when I get done, we won't have a need or a want for a standing army. Should we get invaded, which would be highly unlikely, then people will sign up for the military and fight. However, considering most of the population is armed and would be even more so if I also had the power to abolish all standing gun control legislation...I find that highly unlikely.
    And the sky would be purple, and everyone would have a pony, and there would be rainbows during sunny days, and pooh would smell like flowers.

    Dangerous world out there. You arent going to stand up an army when you need it. When you need it it will already be too late.

    "Water is wet, the sky is blue, and old Satan Clause...he's out there and he's just getting stronger. Be prepared. That's my motto."

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    And the sky would be purple, and everyone would have a pony, and there would be rainbows during sunny days, and pooh would smell like flowers.

    Dangerous world out there. You arent going to stand up an army when you need it. When you need it it will already be too late.

    "Water is wet, the sky is blue, and old Satan Clause...he's out there and he's just getting stronger. Be prepared. That's my motto."
    No country would attempt to or succeed at invading a fully armed populace. When nearly every man and woman in the country has a gun, you're f*****. No one would even try it.

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