Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 23 of 23

Thread: Why is Military Spending Such a Sacred Cow?

  1. #16
    Chief Antagonist Ninjahedge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Rutherford
    Posts
    12,773

    Default

    I always love it when people site "jobs" as a reason to not cut military spending.
    So instead of spending $500B on schools, infrastructure and other domestic improvements, we pay it to equip and ship 200,000 (or more) of our citizens to the four corners of the world to either sit there and do nothing or get shot at by people who don't like them very much.

    The reduction in military spending WILL have an impact on our economy, but you do not use that as the reason for spending money making a (largely) non-productive product.

  2. #17
    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    7,476

    Default

    They could put the soldiers to work building all that wonderful, productive infrastructure . If they did it right, there'd likely still be jobs for the taking to help with the unemployment statistics, too. Slap me, I'm so damned idealistic .

  3. #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BBMW View Post
    ^Just in time for him to be replaced.
    Really? By who?

    EDIT: Just read Scumonkey's comment. What he said.

  4. #19
    Chief Antagonist Ninjahedge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Rutherford
    Posts
    12,773

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    They could put the soldiers to work building all that wonderful, productive infrastructure . If they did it right, there'd likely still be jobs for the taking to help with the unemployment statistics, too. Slap me, I'm so damned idealistic .
    I know. I always values the ACoE over gun-toters in most situations.

    What is the use of sending soldiers to disaster zones? Why do we need so many people standing around NYC with guns? We have the DUMBEST system of utilization and expenditure of resources.

  5. #20
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    Maybe for the same reason NYPD needs to send 20 guys to stand around on the street where a film crew is shooting. Saw this yesterday on MacDougal Street. Lots of guys doing NOTHING.

  6. #21
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    2,129

    Default

    There are some legitimate needs for a foreign US presence in the world. The oil supply in the Middle East must be protected, the North Koreans must be deterred, and the Chinese must be kept in check. Aside from those, I don't see why the US should have more than maybe 1 strategic base here and there anywhere else. Close the hundreds of bases/camps/air strips in Europe except leave one in Italy & Germany, close half the bases in Kuwait/Japan, and just plain get out of the world's business in general. The taxpayers shouldn't have to waste their resources on all this muscle flexing.

    The US spends almost $700B annually on defense, and #2 is China at $115B. The next closest is half that $60B. If we slash everything by half to $350B we will be all right. Nobody is going to invade or be stupid enough to launch ICBMs at us, and the oil supply won't go anywhere. It's called priorities

  7. #22
    Chief Antagonist Ninjahedge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Rutherford
    Posts
    12,773

    Default

    What about having to hire a cop to direct traffic? I can understand some things, but this is where our OT money gets spent. Send a cop out to sit in his car watching a bunch of guys trim tree branches away from electrical wires.

    YAY!

  8. #23
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    Turns out the mass of NYPD on MacDougal yesterday was there to guard Van Halen ...

    Van Halen Rocks Greenwich Village's Cafe Wha?


Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software