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To: Walts Ice Pick
"... we have to be realistic about what we need to spend for an adequate defense."

Well - I agree wholeheartedly - and I won't quibble numbers much, but when I think of 13 trillion dollars evaporating over just the last five years or so - one ten thousandth of which is $13,000,000,000 - I think we could pay our soldiers at least triple what they currently get.

But more important than salary for soldiers is the equipment we give them to fight with. INHO, our 'leaders' have allowed that to stagnate to insufferable levels.

25 posted on 12/17/2010 2:21:29 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.
"INHO" shb IMHO

fumble-finger preview to no avail! LOL

26 posted on 12/17/2010 2:32:01 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.
Yeah, I understood you to be talking about 1/10,000 of what we are taxing. I used the estimate of 2.165 trillion in federal tax receipts for 2010 and divided that number by 10,000, yielding about 216 million for national defense. I then divided that number by the 1.431 million folks who are active duty members of our armed forces.

About $150 per head.

Defense is expensive!

27 posted on 12/17/2010 2:32:41 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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