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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Cutting it in half sounds great...to be sure. And the 20-30 million military, civilian, contractor, support, and other personnel...well...its not like unemployment would be a problem. To say nothing of the devastation to local economies across the country.

    'cutting' isnt a simple proposition. It can be done...but not without some real thought.
    There will always be people employed supporting any subsidized industry. But if you take away the subsidy then they will find better jobs due to the growth in the economy from less tax and the fact that what they are then doing is actually wealth creating. It would take a little time but that's got to happen some time.

    When you are spending more on war than the rest of the world combined you have a problem. When you have the best tec and a vast quality advantage over your foes as well you have a fixation. When there is no real threat to the political situation and your vast armed forces are chasing shadows they them selves probably created you have lost all sanity and there is a con going on.

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    At this point it appears the Ukraine is falling to harsh words and rudeness from the ruskies. Certainly not yet. I would think the US should get involved about the same time our European allies do.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim the plumber View Post
    There will always be people employed supporting any subsidized industry. But if you take away the subsidy then they will find better jobs due to the growth in the economy from less tax and the fact that what they are then doing is actually wealth creating. It would take a little time but that's got to happen some time.

    When you are spending more on war than the rest of the world combined you have a problem. When you have the best tec and a vast quality advantage over your foes as well you have a fixation. When there is no real threat to the political situation and your vast armed forces are chasing shadows they them selves probably created you have lost all sanity and there is a con going on.
    Many would say ensuring peace against would be tyrants by never firing a shot is well worth the cost. History has also shown it is more risky and even expensive to stand up to meet challenges than it is to maintain preparedness. WHt is undeniable is that while we know the cost of maintaining peace, we can only speculate as to the world picture had the US not done so since WW2.

    Which isnt to say there shouldnt be cuts...just that you cant be an idiot about how you decide on and implement those cuts.

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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 decrease it and give the money to 1) Low income kids who need money for college. That way they wouldn't have to take out loans. 2) Low income older folks who need help paying for living expenses, medical expenses and medicine.
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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 decrease it. Our time to rule the world is over. We need to slowly and methodically hand over the reigns to China. It's their turn. This is a good thing. This will allow us the luxury to start solving some of our domestic issues without being saddled down with the burdnesome expense of policing the world.

    We're not even good at it any more. Examples: Vietnam, Somolia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Cut 90%.

    Pay off Debt

    Create USA jobs,

    Jail all wall Street criminals............and thats about 500,000 convictions.............
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    I would leave it the same.

    Then I would start a massive downsizing of the civilian sector of the DoD, and increase the number of people in uniform. Probably 2/3 of the civilians and contractors are not needed, so cut them away and let them find jobs in the civilian sector. Keep the needed ones in skilled areas, and get rid of the deadwood.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by 274ina View Post
    Cut 90%.

    Pay off Debt

    Create USA jobs,
    Uh, create jobs by laying off over 3 million people?

    Pay off the debt, where even with 100% of the DoD budget it would take over 30 years to pay off what we have now?

    Think much, you do not.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    Uh, create jobs by laying off over 3 million people?

    Pay off the debt, where even with 100% of the DoD budget it would take over 30 years to pay off what we have now?

    Think much, you do not.
    Create jobs doing something useful is much better than making over priced war junk.
    Building bridges, factories, roads, hospitals is needed in USA, not IRAQ..............(thank our moron in chief BUSH2)

    No it would pay off the debt in say 10 years............... including ALL defence spending.

    Facts much, you do not.
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    Re: What would you do with our defense spending?

    Quote Originally Posted by 274ina View Post
    No it would pay off the debt in say 10 years............... including ALL defence spending.

    Facts much, you do not.
    Defense Budget: $683 billion

    US Debt: $17.5 trillion

    After 10 years, that would still have paid off only $6.8 trillion of the debt. Of course, you have also not found a solution for the over 3 million people out of work, which would cost even more.

    As I said, think much, you do not. Facts, less you have of.
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