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Focus needed on spending

July 26, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon’s civilian worker....

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Jul-29-13 5:57 PM

Have you noticed that when money problems are faced by the U S Government, the first thing to happen is the laying off of employees. No reduction in Research and Development. No parking of government vehicles. No cut back on monies given to foreign countries. Just cut the pay to the workers who can least afford it. Why are we stationing Marines in Australia? Why is Obama taking another monthly vacation? Is Camp David still around or did Obama gut it to fund his 100 million dollar African trip?

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Jul-28-13 9:36 PM

President Eisenhower said "beware of the military/industrial complex". We ignored his advice and companies like Halliburton are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Jul-28-13 8:23 AM

The truth of the matter is that America gets involved in world problems that do not concern us. All the money spent in Iraq. For what? Look at Afghanistan. KArazi has been setting the rules for years and gets money from us every year. We use the term fighting for our freedom. What threat does Afghanistan pose to the USA? Billion perhaps trillions of dollars wasted while our bridges and roadways fall apart. Even the prisoners in GITMO get a better quality of life than some taxpayers yet we allow it to go on. Russia could not beat the Afghans and they were right next door not 5,000 miles away. America is no longer respected among the countries of the world yet we continue to send money to these countries. Insanity? Yes.

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Jul-26-13 11:52 PM

Toad-eeeeew, we spend more on defense than the next 50+ countries -- including Russia and China -- combined.

Only in your ignorant bizarro world, when Iran does something directly against us -- or N Korea, for that matter, before being B-slapped by the Chinese for messing with their largest trading partner -- does your opinion begin to encroach upon feasible.

Who knew your GED made you such a master at geopolitics...

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Jul-26-13 11:47 PM

Start with the GOP/RW/TP Congress -- ask the head of the appropriation committee, a GOP-TPer from OH, why are M1 Abram tanks still being built, over the objections from the Pentagon, and only to be mothballed in a NV desert?

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Jul-26-13 7:06 PM

Marcia is anti everything that made America great. She is even further left then Obama.

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Jul-26-13 5:20 PM

joew, Why do we have to spend to defend Europe and Asia? We are not the police of the world. If they want us to only be a part of NATO or a UN force, fine, but we should not be the main country to use it's resources and people to defend these countries. It hurts our economy and country when so much spending goes into defense instead of infrastructure, education, etc.

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Jul-26-13 3:47 PM

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this week that if Congress did away with sequestration for the next 13 months the level of real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product would increase 0.7% and the economy would add 900,000 jobs.

Great job, Congress, for getting us all into that mess...

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Jul-26-13 3:21 PM

The defense budget could be cut considerably, the problem is if it's done it will be politicians deciding what to cut and not military commanders.

Consider the V-22 Osprey, despite not a single branch of the military wanting it Congress demanded it be researched and built, with an initial cost estimate of $2.5 billion Congress has now spent over $50 billion on this aircraft.

Or look what happened with the whole base closure commision. The military listed it's excess bases and/or bases they wished to close and then Congress basically through that list out and came up with it's own, afterall we can't close bases in areas with high powered representatives.

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Jul-26-13 1:47 PM

Marcia-please do tell what that extraordinary amount would be and which bases would you close and why. Will the Chicoms and Russians do the same? Of course we can save money but what is it that you propose specifically? What is it we should do about Iran and the peace loving North Koreans?

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Jul-26-13 10:46 AM

Agreed. We could cut military spending by an extraordinary amount and still be safe. We need to close military bases around the world. Make those other countries responsible for their own defense. Get rid of the congressional pork for military hardware that the Pentagon doesn't want or need. Unfortunately, under the terms of the sequester, they could only cut certain things.

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