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My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: Itís a Good Thing

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GTOlover
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Re: Manufacturing is stimulation
GTOlover   7/3/2013 10:52:19 AM
Zippy,

While investing in infrastructure is a noble need for all citizen, the issue is the same political leaders get to decide which infrastructures get money. Even worse, they write rules into the spending bills so that only well connected cronies win the contracts. Politicians do not block the spending of our tax dollars, they just quible over which campaign donor wins the contracts. So how does wasting money on crony capitalistic infrastructure help citizens? Unless you happen to be one of ten people that has to cross a billion dollar bridge. I do not disagree with the need for this spending, I just do not think current political leaders are smart enough (or morally benevolent) to use the money for the citizens. They are all crooks!

Seems this is the same point we are making for military spending, it is bloated and inefficient. We love our military and cost be damned (so to speak).

Watashi
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Re: Manufacturing is stimulation
Watashi   7/3/2013 10:54:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Evidently you don't live in Virginia.  If you really want to spead a lot of money and have little to show for it; you give it to VDOT!

phgphd
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Military spending or over spendng?
phgphd   7/3/2013 11:08:25 AM
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Military spending is good, but overspending is not.  The Democrats overspend on social programs, the Republicans overspend on military programs. That is why we are trillions in debt. Spending is good, but overspending is not good.

J. Williams
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Re: Manufacturing is stimulation
J. Williams   7/3/2013 11:30:15 AM
Oh, they have lots to show for it all right.  The work on Virginia approaches to the new Wilson Bridge on the south side of the beltway was positively glacial in its progress.  They must have taken six years to 'finish' that portion. 

Then, they widened the beltway but just to be sure traffic would still be as bad, they now charge you for the privilege of driving on those two extra express lanes.  Just feels like a bald face money grab, gasoline taxes be damned.

Watashi
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Re: Manufacturing is stimulation
Watashi   7/3/2013 11:52:54 AM
I would rather not have any 'stimulus' by the government. However, defense spending is defined as one of their constitutional duties, whereas the massive entitlement state is not.  If you eliminated entitlements from federal spending, we would probably not be having this conversation.

As for our military's preparation you are correct. We are the big dog on the block and are just trying to protect our lead. We could probably do with less, but with the social engineering that has killed our military capability on the personnel front; we need every technological advantage we can get!

And I'll somewhat agree with your last point - When you have cool toys; you want to use them! With a lack of moral and ethical leadership, which we suffer from, there is the danger of the arbitrary use of power.

Paxton
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When you make arms you need to use them
Paxton   7/3/2013 12:52:00 PM
I have problems with making guns, bullets and bombs. Much of our growth is predicated on the military industrial complex. The problem with making these items is that you have to use them up to make more. This forces us into more involvement in war and supporting more wars.

I would rather see real growth in this country not based on arms. We need peace in the world and the proliferation of arms only supports war. It does not make us safer, even at home.

Guatemala has really suffered from the amount of guns dumped into the country by the US to combat the supposed guerilla insurection in the 1980s. the war ended in 1996 but all the arms left inthe country made it a much more lawless place, and it is still suffering.

GTOlover
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Re: When you make arms you need to use them
GTOlover   7/3/2013 2:02:19 PM
Ah yes, the good old "beat your sword into a plow" utpoia. Go ahead. The barbarians of the world will then come and take your plow, your cow, and your life! Contrary to your belief, the reality is men are not peaceful creatures. Civil society only exists because we choose to organize and enforce rule of law. Take away the rule of law and you get the lawlessness you described. Doesn't matter how they are armed. History has abundant proof!

My second amendment rights are all the safety I need at home!

56ml
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Beware the Military-Industrial Complex
56ml   7/3/2013 2:44:44 PM
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Zippy said it very well.  As General, Presidential Eisenhower saw the horrors of war.  No doubt that is why before he left his second term, he warned of the military-industrial complex.  It's well worth reading what he said.  By having less arms, we are in danger of having a balance of terror, which would unsettle a lot of Americans.  But is not being vastly superior a bad thing?  It would cause us to pause long and hard before getting into any armed dispute.  Instead we have draft evaders like President W and Dick Cheney who never personally engaged in combat thowing away precious lives just to show the world what "Shock and Awe" looks like.  How many of our young men and women's lives have been shattered by their misadventures?  Anyone who thinks being a great military power is so great can look back throughout history to see why seemingly dominant countries and empires flame out.  I found the decline of Sparta most intriguing.  They ran out of fighting men!

Paxton
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Re: When you make arms you need to use them
Paxton   7/3/2013 2:54:49 PM
I am not talking about second ammendment rights although I would like to see a lot more responsibility along with those rights.

Economic growth in our country is  based a lot on how many bombs, missiles and international arms and support systems we can make and sell.

And to make more one needs to use those arms and weapons up. This cycle fosters more war and is not healthy to our society and our planet.

GTOlover
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Re: Beware the Military-Industrial Complex
GTOlover   7/3/2013 3:00:34 PM
"Shock and Awe" that is continued with the current administration. But good of you to exclude that inconvientent truth!

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