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Defense Spending

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by amboy49, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. amboy49

    amboy49 Well-Known Member

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    Just got my American Legion magazine for this month and there was an article about defense spending for various nations for 2009. U.S. = 608 Billion. No other nation, including China, is spending more that 50 Billion annually.
    ( Although there was a disclaimer that China's number is subject to discussion ) So - when do we curtail invasions into Iraq and Afganistan and cut back on military spending ( among others ) and bring home troops ? I guess the reason I ask is that Indiana has two soldiers that were KIA this past week and I will be attending their funerals.

    Before you blow me up completely, I've never voted any other way but Republican in any election since starting to votte in 1968 including absentee ballot during a little trip to southeast asie in 1970.

    Maybe we could put the funds to a better use ? Stopping illegal immigration, actual infrastructure improvement, propping up SS., medicare,medicaid, or . . . . . ?
     
  2. highflyer

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    We shouldn't be wasting all that money in other countries when we can waste it here. We spend billions on defense. We could add that money to the trillions the government wastes here at home. I don't think our government is spending enough money.
     
  3. amboy49

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    Guess what I should have added - is that spending should be be reduced on all levels. But until someone somehow convinces the 536 that control the destiny of 300 million we will still have to accept what we have !

    Maybe, just maybe, some of us are beginning to wake up to the reality of our current status and finally do something about it.
     
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    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    If it hadn't been for 9/11, we could have saved buckets of cash for the items you list. Last time I looked, those savages still want to take us down. On the other hand, someone just spent 800 billion last March on what?
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

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    Bigunn, I hope you're mistaken on that. That's just plain nuts!
     
  6. crusha

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    Amboy, what do you think about this?

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    Unfriendly Skies
    Congressional Quarterly Weekly (02/14/10) Oliveri, Frank

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is facing a number of challenges to his
    efforts to transform the U.S. Air Force into a branch of the military that
    is focused on winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously
    anticipating the needs of future conflicts. Those obstacles exist primarily
    in the form of lawmakers who are hesitant to go along with Gates' efforts
    to cut weapons systems that the Air Force does not need. Among the weapons
    systems that Gates would like to see cut is the C-17 cargo plane. Although
    the Air Force has said that it does not want the planes, in part because
    they are expensive to maintain and because studies have shown that the Air
    Force will not need additional airlift capacity in the near future,
    lawmakers who represent the 44 states where C-17 parts are made are
    resisting any effort to end production on the aircraft. Among them is Sen.
    Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who said the planes are necessary to respond to
    sudden natural disasters. Although lawmakers like McCaskill will likely try
    to appropriate money for the planes in this year's Defense bill, Gates has
    urged President Obama to veto the entire legislation if it includes funds
    for the C-17. Gates is facing a similar problem in his efforts to end
    production on a second, alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike
    Fighter. The Pentagon says the program should be cancelled because the
    second engine is too expensive, though some lawmakers say the engine is
    necessary because the first engine could develop problems. Gates has also
    called on President Obama to veto any Defense bill that includes funding
    for a second F-35 engine. Defense analysts say there could be consequences
    for national security if Gates and President Obama lose the battles to
    eliminate these programs, since the Air Force will be forced to spend large
    amounts of money for weapons that it does not need.
     
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