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  •  Cutting Defense Spending Is Very Complex (3+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, wader, nodular

    and I say this as somebody that spent almost 20 years working as a consultant for a number of defense contractors (yeah I know, I know). And also as somebody that knows way more about the federal/DoD procurement process then I care to admit.

    Now with that said I agree the budget needs to be cut. But it is just not that easy. A major weapons system can take 20 years to develop. Billions invested before the first item is delivered. We're still developing stuff to fight the Soviets. Nobody in the DoD wants to cut these programs.

    IMHO there are entire programs/budget line items that could just be zeroed out. But alas nobody wants to do that. Obama doesn't want to be "painted" as weak on defense and Congress doesn't want to cut the programs either cause it means hundreds of millions of not billions to contractors in their state/district.

    Alas, we're never going to see a change in my lifetime and I'm only 40.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 09:50:55 AM PDT

    •  Cut bases in Europe, Japan & Korea (3+ / 0-)
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      wader, BigAlinWashSt, allenjo

      Europe, Japan and Korea all have economies strong enough for them to defend themselves.  Cut back on these bases by 50 to 80%.

      In addition to reducing US spending, these countries should take up more of the responsibility and expense of providing for world security.

      At the same time when the US spends on these bases large fractions of the spending goes to benefit foreign suppliers rather than US suppliers.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 10:24:00 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks Web. Its all true, of course, but (0+ / 0-)

      these cuts will all get easier after we initiate a Great Depression due to our budget collapse.  I wish we could avoid it, but it doesn't look that way.  I'm just trying to frame that discussion in advance.

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