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To: SkyPilot

Sorry, but the DoD is loaded with fat and wastes money with the best of them. They need to get their haircut like everyone else. (Other agencies need limbs removed or to be extinguished totally, but the DoD can do with a significant haircut.)

We’re broke. We can’t afford this crap anymore. Get out of Afghanistan, get out of Europe, get out of Japan. Bring our people home, and let the rest of the world start paying their share of the load.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 10:30:15 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

I have no problem getting out of paying for the defense of other countries and pumping U.S. dollars into their economies. But bring our people home to what, rampant unemployment? This is exactly what the democrats want, to throw the country into turmoil and dissent so they can ride to the rescue by removing and curtailing our liberties. They will tell us the only way to get back on track will be to give the government absolute control of our lives!


7 posted on 01/20/2013 10:43:43 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: bigdaddy45
Sorry, but the DoD is loaded with fat and wastes money with the best of them. They need to get their haircut like everyone else. (Other agencies need limbs removed or to be extinguished totally, but the DoD can do with a significant haircut.)

How much of a haircut have they had already? Shouldn't our defense, one of the constitutional primary roles of the federal government, be based on a risk/threat assessment and the protection of our strategic national interests?

National Defense Spending Would Plummet Under Obama's Budget

President Obama's lean defense strategy would create a hollow force and exacerbate today's readiness crisis. Decreases in funding for the core defense program mean losing capabilities that are crucial for the military to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense.

PERCENTAGE OF GDP

Since President Obama took office, more than 50 major weapons programs at a value of more than $300 billion were cut or delayed. On top of this, the Administration told the military to cut almost $600 billion more over the next 15 years. And that’s before any cuts under the Budget Control Act take place.

Defense Budget is Being Cut: By Any Way You Look at It

9 posted on 01/20/2013 11:02:42 AM PST by kabar
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To: bigdaddy45

“Sorry, but the DoD is loaded with fat and wastes money with the best of them. They need to get their haircut like everyone else. (Other agencies need limbs removed or to be extinguished totally, but the DoD can do with a significant haircut.)

We’re broke. We can’t afford this crap anymore. Get out of Afghanistan, get out of Europe, get out of Japan. Bring our people home, and let the rest of the world start paying their share of the load.”

I totally agree with you. And we don’t need $8,000 hammers.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 11:27:36 AM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: bigdaddy45
We’re broke.

We are. We are borrowing.

Whenever someone tells me "we're broke" however, I ask them: "If we are broke, then does that mean we should make significant cuts in Medicare and Social Security - now?"

I always get an answer that those programs are not "entitlements" (even though they fit the exact definition by law) and that people need to get "their money" out of it first.

All Social Security payments are funded by more borrowing and by payroll taxes on current workers. Period. There is no magic "vault" of money. Yes, politicians may have spent it and replaced it with IOUs. Welcome to the club.

We are now going to borrow about 2 Trillion more, and none of that money will take care of stopping sequestration. That would take a relative pittance ($80 Billion this year). But, entitlements just keep on a rolling along. All of the. SS and Medicare. Also Medicaid. Those 3 eat up the majority of the budget. Add welfare to the mix, and almost 70% of all Federal outlays are direct payments to individuals.

21 posted on 01/20/2013 11:34:44 AM PST by SkyPilot
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