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  •  We spend too much money on DoOffense especially (8+ / 0-)

    On hardware, the people not so much which is another very rotten American tradition since the so-called American Revolution.

    Don't pay the people who actually fight during or after is a really rotten disrespectful way to run a military.

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    by a2nite on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:34:46 PM PST

    •  but we don't care about deficits (1+ / 0-)
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      and while there are wiser uses, the military does invest in research and technology.  The money does get into our economy, it isn't just adding to wealth of the less than one percent. The military provides education to lower income teens, and gives those teens a future. it's been non-racist for years, not non-sexist, but non racist.  

      We need to spend more on everything else, not less on the military. In a smarter country we'd we could spend more rationally, but we don't have a smarter country, and the only place where there is agreement is on the military.  The military is the head start program for talented poor teens.  It's all there is for many of them.  

      •  No problem with paying humans but we spend (4+ / 0-)

        TOO much money on stuff, the stuff that doesn't dork but makes the evil MIC richer.

        But America hates humans which is why killing people in war is so easy.

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        by a2nite on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:03:41 PM PST

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      •  I can't get behind the military as stimulus (3+ / 0-)

        I would rather have no stimulus at all than get duped into the idea that wasting more and more money on an already overly bloated MIC is somehow our only hope.  That's like just asking for a coup.  If we haven't already had one, which I suspect we have.  CT aside, all the money is going to the Pentagon and Defense Contractors--none of it to the soldiers.  If Congress approves the funding for an extra, oh, 50,000 troops, watch what happens.  I'll bet they won't employ even one additional soldier and the money will instead be funneled back to the contractors.  They'll just say they had "more pressing needs".  Remember, once they get their money, it doesn't matter what they said they needed it for; they get to spend it anyway they want.  And the idea that the additional funding will someone get used to stimulate the economy is laughable to me.

        This is, basically, what we always feared and figured:  in the end, Congress won't allow cuts to military spending, but they're happy as sh#t to cut food stamps, unemployment insurance, head start, etc., etc.  You know, all those "useless" programs that give money to people sitting on their couch eating bon bons (according to them).  Time to play the same damn game.  No more for the military--hell, cut them deeper--until and unless Republicans relent and restore generous spending on the people who really need the help and who WILL stimulate the economy.  I can't say this with any more passion or conviction...F#@K THE MILITARY (and the horse they rode in on).  Time to play hardball and stop begging for GOP crumbs while giving them everything they want.

        "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

        by costello7 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:57:16 PM PST

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