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Barack and Mitt: The War for the U.S. Navy Has Just Begun

MiddleclassMom Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 1:58 AM
It is not just oil that travels through the chokepoints. How many items in your home were made in china, India, Taiwan, etc. Things like iPhone/pad/pod, or clothing (most are sewn in Asia). Any US exports also have to travel the seas unless they are going to Canada or Mexico. Do you like fresh fruits and veggies in the winter? Those are usually grown south of the equator in countries like Chille and Argentina, and arrive in the USA by ship. There are many aspects of our very comfortable middle class lifestyle that depends on international trade.
canetoad Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:03 PM
Exactly he who buys the product should be responsible for the cost to get it to market.
canetoad Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:02 PM
Bull! Domestic oil production has increased under the present administration along with CAFE standards for automobiles, something that repubs have blocked for decades. If you weren't so thick you would realize this actually saves you money at the pump.
Joseph64 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 4:13 PM
As the largest economy, the United States is the largest beneficiary to keeping the sea lanes open, so the duty falls on us to use our military to keep them open.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 11:12 AM
most of your bike parts came from Japan or China. it's tires,too.
Curtis108 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:46 AM
OK, then. Shipping companies are entitled to arm their ships, and use those weapons as they seem fit to defend their ships?
Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:10 AM
Shipping lanes need to be secure, but that doesn't mean it's the US Government's job to do it, or the taxpayers duty to fund it.

The owner of the ship needs to provide for their own security. Armed personnel, a security escort, whatever.
Happy Jake Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:39 AM
So, let's see, you produce 100% of your electricity, you grow 100% of your own food, you make 100% of your own clothing, you either built your own dwelling or live in a house that's over 100 years old, you own no electronics of any kind, you cook with wood fires, you've made your own furnature, everything you use is made of wood or plant-based cloth which you carved or wove yourself.

If you purchase anything from any manufacturer, have anything that is plastic or electrically operated, get mail, or have a job, you have used energy that was likely produced by oil. Our sitting President has refused to allow American companies to expand their access to North American oil.
nimh1 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:15 AM
Oil is used for much more than energy.
You sound like one of those rabid environMENTALists that thinks that the way you live should be imposed on everyone else. You and your type would cram "the unwashed masses" (most of us) into soviet-style high-rise apartments in cities while you and your types would be the only ones to experience "nature".
I suggest that you and your limp-wristed, birkenstock-wearing, prius-driving, dolts go to hell. Humanity is part of the equation, NOT a "pestilence" as you state.
canetoad Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 2:33 AM
I grow most of my own vegetables or buy locally grown. Why should I have to subsidize your lifestyles with my tax dollars. Buy American made, support our farmers, our manufacturers, too many people are willing to sellout for cheap imports over quality home produced products. I have no problem with international trade so long as the prices reflect their actual cost, without having to be subsidized by those of us who buy locally, produce our own power and conserve when it comes to fossil fuels. Socialized trade does not reflect a free market.
Monday night's final 2012 presidential election debate included a brief but fierce naval battle. The candidates exchanged close-combat broadsides over the size of the U.S. Navy, then fired provocative salvos in the direction of two complex subjects, the capabilities of modern weapons and the deleterious effects of funding cuts required by sequestration on the defense budget, especially planned ship-building programs.

Gov. Mitt Romney opened the engagement. "Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We're now under 285. We're headed down to the low 200s if...