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Steve Benson

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    And just out of the picture is the Mt. Everest of social welfare spending that dwarfs that…

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    Hmmmm, one budget is for killing and destroying everything and the other is for keeping people alive.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    @Darsan54

    No Darsan, one is for killing people with weapons the other is for killing them just as dead with kindness.

  4. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    No kidding. Join the rest of the world instead of fixing to subdue it.

  5. Duane Ott

    Duane Ott said, over 2 years ago

    Scaling back our military needs to be done, but it needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. The first President Bush cut too deeply after his success in Iraq. Who knew that his son would need the extra 50,000 soldiers( the Surge) that should have been sent in the first place. Had “W” listened to his first generals, he could have closed out the Iraqi campaign and brought the military home before his administration ended. That would have probably cut over a trillion dollars(a conservative estimate) from the cost and made scaling back less urgent. We need to examine which cuts will be most effective for saving money and maintaining a ready military. This means looking closely at each program and not just flailing away at the entire structure.
    Argument for welfare cuts follows the same argument. It needs done but carefully and effectively.
    Actually, there is a argument here that applies to our entire government.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Like the Obama administration speaks from experiance? Obama never served. I doubt he could pick an M-16 from an AK 74. Hagel is pick for Secretary of Defense was a sergant in the Air Force.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    masterskrain,
    Yes, I would think that Bush knows the difference, unlike Obama. What that has to do with everything is that Obama is a military illiterate in both technical and strategic knowledge. He knows nothing of foreign policy as applied using military power.
    True, there was no draft when Obama graduated from high school and, his addmitted drug use may have precluded military service had there been. But, Cheney was never President and is not in public office today so he’s really irrelevant for the most part.
    Hagel was a junior enlisted. He didn’t deal with officers. He did what the senior NCO’s, ones like me, told him to do. Senior NCO’s know deal with officers and are the technical experts in the military not junior enlisted like Hagel.
    If you were in the Navy as you imply, you should know that. Some E-1 to 5 doesn’t deal with officers much. The Chief’s do. That’s why they wear Khaki.
    .

  8. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    You mean that massive 10% of government budget spent on welfare

    Or maybe the whooping 3% of GDP, Those horrific moments where 3 cents on the dollar is spent on trying to help people at varying degrees of need

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/percent_gdp

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    @Duane Ott

    Actually, Bush II did NOT need the surge, because we did not need to be in Iraq in the FIRST place.
    Otherwise, agree with general reasoning.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    You wrote: “the Mt. Everest of social welfare spending that dwarfs that…”
    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Defense and “international security assistance” = 20%
    Benefits for veterans = 7%

    Social Security doesn’t count, because we pay in money for that.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everything-chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    That Eisenhower; hippie peacenick. Ptoo. No WONDER he was a Democrat.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    @Duane Ott

    Well stated.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    It’s notable that our only reliable bomber, the B-52, designed starting in 1947 and first flown in 1953, having to prove it could do the job before being purchased, is still our most reliable. The current “troop cut” cuts benefits and troops, personnel, but barely touches the sacred cow of contracting for more junk that doesn’t work. It’s that spending, not troops, that pushes our REAL “defense budget” to well over a TRILLION DOLLARS a year! Yes let’s get rid of the PX system that allows troops on food stamps to purchase cheaper food and products, but don’t tough Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, or tank builders ripping us off through all those civilians and generals in the Pentagon, playing with their very costly “Legos”…

  14. janenevis80

    janenevis80 said, over 2 years ago

    Well said Eisenhower a prescient mind who’s intelligence and informed reasoning has been completely ignored ever since.

    One day less of war would pay for your ‘Mt Everest’ of social welfare programs.It is impossible to kill anyone with kindness, but bombs, tanks, drones, machine e guns yeah well we all know what the USA ‘powers that be’ prefer.

  15. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish said, over 2 years ago

    @janenevis80

    Well said.
    Email me? sellingyourlinfo@wellspring.com

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