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  •  Problem solved: (13+ / 0-)

    Cut the military budget by 75 percent, targeting ONLY missiles and other hard objects. (Do Not Target military personnel.)

    Cut Congressional budgets by at least 50 percent. Do Not Allow any outside money: let 'em live on their paychecks, like the rest of us.

    Tax the rich. Funnel it down to the poor.

    Tax the rich some more: back to Eisenhower levels. Funnel THAT down to the poor also.

    Corporations get no tax breaks. Take them to court for hiding their money in the Caymans et al. Settle for billions in back taxes.

    Funnel corporations' back taxes to the poor.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:26:55 PM PST

    •  Can we cut by 75% w/o getting into payroll? (2+ / 0-)
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      VPofKarma, Youffraita

      I have no idea how operational costs for our military break down, or any good idea where to get trustworthy #s, but it seems as though payroll's gotta be over 25%.

      Again- that's a gut feeling, I have no actual data.

      •  actually, I was thinking mostly (0+ / 0-)

        of a fighter jet or ship that the military doesn't even want (or so I have read) but Congress keeps funding b/c pork barrel.

        But one could begin by firing all the Blackwaters (Xes if you will).

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 11:43:06 PM PST

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    •  Let's funnel some of that money (9+ / 0-)

      into infrastructure programs as well, so that people can find jobs. Eisenhower put through the Interstate Highway system -- we could do the same with nationwide rail (high speed for long distance routes, slower speed for feeder routes), broadband Internet access for more areas (the way we got rural electrification), modernizing schools for the 21st century, etc.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 01:58:12 PM PST

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    •  We have too many goddamned bases (2+ / 0-)
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      VPofKarma, BusyinCA

      with personnel sitting pretty and doing......what?
      If they're not actually fighting, what are they doing? Do you know what the taxpayers cough up just to house everyone? The "host" (do they have a choice?) countries take full advantage of those exorbitant allowances, too.

      "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
      Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
      Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

      by OleHippieChick on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 02:12:01 PM PST

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