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Superman save us 2011/01/24 09:36:42
Back home, tea partiers clamoring for the debt-ridden government to
slash spending say nothing should be off limits. Tea party-backed
lawmakers echo that argument, and they're not exempting the military's
multibillion-dollar budget in a time of war.

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  • scbluesman13 2011/01/26 22:03:00 (edited)
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    Our country is in a perpetual state of war, with one country or another. While I support our troops and honor their sacrifice, our government has turned war into a business.

    But more to your specific issue of spending cuts, nothing is off the table. Historically defense spending was always considered sacred, but it is no longer. It's a huge portion of our annual and national debt, and our maintenance of the military industrial complex needs a serious overhaul if it's to continue to be sustainable.

    Ron Paul is one of the more ardent supporters of this kind of fiscal responsibility. He was in support of getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security entirely, as he felt it was redundant bureaucracy over the CIA and FBI. He also supported these types of measures because much of our spending on the military side goes to building permanent bases in foreign countries that we have no business permanently occupying. His philosophy of true conservatism was a non-interventionalist foreign policy, so I have to assume were he president we'd have been out of Afghanistan and Iraq already, and instead relying on cooperating with foreign governments and sharing intel more readily to catch and detain terror cells.

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  • scbluesman13 2011/01/26 22:03:00 (edited)
    scbluesman13
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    Our country is in a perpetual state of war, with one country or another. While I support our troops and honor their sacrifice, our government has turned war into a business.

    But more to your specific issue of spending cuts, nothing is off the table. Historically defense spending was always considered sacred, but it is no longer. It's a huge portion of our annual and national debt, and our maintenance of the military industrial complex needs a serious overhaul if it's to continue to be sustainable.

    Ron Paul is one of the more ardent supporters of this kind of fiscal responsibility. He was in support of getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security entirely, as he felt it was redundant bureaucracy over the CIA and FBI. He also supported these types of measures because much of our spending on the military side goes to building permanent bases in foreign countries that we have no business permanently occupying. His philosophy of true conservatism was a non-interventionalist foreign policy, so I have to assume were he president we'd have been out of Afghanistan and Iraq already, and instead relying on cooperating with foreign governments and sharing intel more readily to catch and detain terror cells.
  • Superma... scblues... 2011/01/27 22:16:51
    Superman save us
    Yes I agree if Ron were president we would be out, but he isn't and we are not out. The media tells us we have everything under control over there, but the troops are say something different. We should cut defense in the final months of the operation.
  • scblues... Superma... 2011/01/27 22:20:12 (edited)
    scbluesman13
    My point of discussion on defense is that there are so many facets of the military industrial complex that can be cut, without taking a dime away from how we fund actual military campaigns or how we fund the necessary services for our soldiers and their families. But the way defense cutting has been continually presented through the media is that defense cuts = soldiers fighting in underwear with no healthcare for their families.
  • Superma... scblues... 2011/01/27 22:25:27
    Superman save us
    I can't think of anything, could give me an example?
  • scblues... Superma... 2011/01/27 22:34:41
    scbluesman13
    Research defense contracts. Our congress spends (without restriction and very little oversight) billions of dollars a year funding new research designs proposed by private defense companies that overcharge us through our ears. We need to do a better job of accounting and oversight with these private defense contractors, instead of paying them whatever they demand of us.

    Private military contracts. We spend billions of dollars hiring companies like Blackwater to run covert operations when we should be relying on our military to do it.

    Budgets of bases stationed in countries like Korea, Germany, Italy, or East-Asia that have been overstaffed and over funded for years.

    Those are the first 3 that come to mind. And none of them are necessarily tied to the direct funding we do for on-the-ground active combat operations.
  • Superma... scblues... 2011/01/28 09:01:09
    Superman save us
    I'm speaking cutting fund from our military not defense. They are not look for things like that, they are looking at the military.

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