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Defending Defense: How the GOP Can Escape the Budget Box Canyon

ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 11:08 AM
In order to corral our spending, the first thing (though by no means the last) to cut is our insane "defense" budget. Of all military spending worldwide, almost half (41%) is done by the United States. That's nuts. We should start by dumping the F-35 which is unbelievably expensive and fraught with technological problems. Not only do these suckers cost in the neighborhood of $200 million apiece (and the Pentagon wants 2,500 of them), they're projected to cost in excess of $50,000 PER FLIGHT HOUR to operate. That's about the same as the median household yearly income in this country.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 11:09 AM
The GAO has characterized the F-35 operating costs (approx. $1.1 trillion over a 30-year service life) as "unaffordable and simply unacceptable in the current fiscal environment".

I don't see any reason the Pentagon budget can't be cut by 30% with no danger to national security.
3129 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 1:55 PM
If you really want to save money, abolish all those regulatory agencies created by FDR and LBJ. Let the Federal payroll be reduced and the government emplyee union members find real jobs. Viva la revolucion.
ericynot Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 5:24 PM
3129,

You don't think stuff like pharmaceuticals, nuclear plants, and food safety ought to have any government oversight?

Pharmacies could then sell any sort of "medicine" with no one to validate the safety or efficacy of the product -- "Here, just take this pill and it will cure your pancreatic cancer!"

Safety inspections of nuclear plants? Who needs that? Meltdown? Oh, well ....

Massive e. coli breakout killing hundreds because of tainted meat? Tough luck, citizens.

There's a reason we have regulatory agencies -- without them we'd live in chaos, unable to trust in anything we buy.

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