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Stuart Carlson

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  1. Bill Ewing

    Bill Ewing GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The largest threat to ANY society’s well being and survival is a second best military.

    In many ways we are there and giving it away by the hand fulls for nothing in return.

    We are doomed!

  2. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 2 years ago

    Not as long as there arent any actual military threat large enough to cause issues. Besides a military isn´t supposed to be large – just efficient enough.

  3. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Question…how many teachers could we pay for one year with what a single Aircraft Carrier costs?

  4. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I agree with you Masterskrain. Do we really need 11 Carrier groups to protect the US. Or do we need that many so the President (whichever party) can export Death and Destruction whenever it is politically expedient.

    I have always been opposed to the government serving as the great equalizer (Transferring wealth and hobbling the best and brightest to make it easier for others to compete). But I am in favor of the government using it’s resources to create opportunities for all: Good Education, Good Infrastructure, etc.

  5. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 2 years ago

    @Bill Ewing

    The largest threat to the military appears to be that his arms are stuck to the table.

  6. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 2 years ago

    To be fair, you can’t entirely blame the military for this. How many times have we read about Congress pushing for this or that weapons system that the Pentagon says it DOESN’T need?

  7. derfplik

    derfplik GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Bill Ewing

    Yeah, I’ll just bet Osama et al are thinking the same thing right now. You will sing a different tune when you are 62.

  8. derfplik

    derfplik GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    As always, hilarious and poignant at the same time. Stu!

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    OK, let’s look at this sensibly.
    A significant amount of “military” expense goes to overpriced “consultants” (because they are for-profit) like Blackwater.
    A huge amount goes to the “military-industrial complex,” which Eisenhower rightly warned against.
    There is a massively stupid redundancy taking place because of political maneuvering between the three armed forces, meaning that the Army, Navy, and Air Force all have their own specialized nuclear weapons, technology, etc., when it is quite possible to consolidate and put together a best-in-class set for far cheaper.
    And there is a LOT of fat in the budget. It’s stupid to talk about “the second-best military” fear when we are a long, long, long way away from that in terms of expense. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute indicates that in 2010 we spent over $687 billion, which is six times what China spends, which you may recall is four times our size. In one sense we spend 24 times what China does, our largest competitor, corrected for size.
    We also spend a lot of our GDP: 4.7%, which is money lost to building our economy, as military expenditures are essentially made to be destroyed.
    So let’s not claim that ANY cuts will threaten our national security. Nonsense.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

  10. D-squared

    D-squared said, over 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    …when it is quite possible to consolidate and put together a best-in-class set for far cheaper.


    but as you said, where is the profit in that, and thank you for citing Eisenhower, the last intelligent Republican president (Nixon not withstanding)

  11. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago

    When we have citizens in need of help at home, help with food and healthcare, how is it that spending money on that is wrong but to keep the same people “safe” from the threat of invasion is an unrestrained given.

  12. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    Sadly, you are talking about Military Funding during an ELECTION YEAR!
    “Sensibly” is the very last way ANYONE will talk about the budget now!

  13. Nohwear

    Nohwear said, over 2 years ago

    here’s the real fun, there has long been a problem in that military forces have shared a budget with vet benefits.

  14. cainmustwin

    cainmustwin said, over 2 years ago

    the military provides jobs, employs people, pays taxes and pays into the social security system. The social security system is the world’s biggest ponzi scheme – ever. Plus there is fraud in the SS system. Cut military is taking money from the SS system.

  15. cainmustwin

    cainmustwin said, over 2 years ago

    @DrCanuck

    Except that the Chinese has a military large enough to walk on any country in the world. The only way we could defeat them is to nuke them. So you have no clue how the world works other than your small bubble universe.

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