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    Default This is for you, UGLY

    UGLY,

    I just wanted to point out this article so you could see how well your plan for eliminating cost overruns with defense spending might work....See the bold type at the bottom.

    WORLD VIEW

    Fareed Zakaria


    Is Robert Gates A Genius?


    When a true genius appears," the English satirist Jonathan Swift wrote, "you may know him by this sign; that all the dunces are in confederacy against him." Genius might be a bit much as a description of the secretary of defense, but Robert Gates's budget proposal has certainly gathered all the right opponents. There are the defense contractors, worried that decades of fraudulent accounting are coming to a halt; the Beltway consultants for whom the war on terror has been a bonanza; the armed services, which have gotten used to having every fantasy funded; and the congressmen who protect all this institutionalized corruption just to make sure they keep jobs in their state.
    If you're wondering where to come down on the Gates plan, here's a simple guide: John McCain, the most thoughtful, reform-minded legislator on military issues, "strongly supports" it. Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe—who has compared the EPA to the Gestapo, Carol Browner to Tokyo Rose and environmentalists to the Third Reich—warns that it will lead to the "disarming of America." You choose.
    In recent decades, defense budgeting has existed in a dreamland, where ever-more-elaborate weapons are built without regard to enemies, costs or trade-offs. In 2008 the General Accounting Office said cost overruns for the Pentagon's 95 biggest weapons programs—just the overruns!—added up to $300 billion. The system has become so pervasive and entrenched that most people no longer bother to get outraged.

    Here's the link to the entire article:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/193487
    Your ignorance is painful to witness.....

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    Default Re: This is for you, UGLY

    Imagine if the defense contractors had to eat that 300 billion plus 10% off the top of their gross profit. It would make them highly accountable. I dont like that they make defense spending bad. We only spend around 4-5% of GDP on defense. I cant argue with the need to reign in the wasted spending though.

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    We supposedly spend 50% of the total world spending on defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    We supposedly spend 50% of the total world spending on defense.
    We spend 4-5% of our GDP on defense, I dont care how it compares to the rest of the world. We could cut it back, but the first thing that gets cut is soldiers and bases not weapons or research.

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    Default Re: This is for you, UGLY

    It may not be significant to you, but it is to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    It may not be significant to you, but it is to me.

    Why? What does the rest of the world have to do with us? Why do we care what they do? Their policies should never affect ours unless our interests are directly tied to a certain policy. Our defense policy is tied to nothing but our security.

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    I'm not going to explain this to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    We supposedly spend 50% of the total world spending on defense.
    Clone do you have a source for this. I would be curious to see a ranking of who spends the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    I'm not going to explain this to you.

    Why not? Why would you say something like that if you did not want to expound on it. It makes no sense to me to tie our defense spending to what other countries are spending on defense. If that is the case maybe we should tie our educational funding what they fund in Guinea, Africa.

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