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  •  Just like always. (6+ / 0-)

    1st thing that they always cut off the military budget is services to the service members.

    God forbid some defense contractor who's in breach of contract might not get their money, or we might stop forking over the money to pay some mercenaries to do some job that we don't want to talk about.

    Nah, much better to stomp hard on the people who are trying to serve their country, and ensure that they only see benefits as coming from the Republicans.

    Worked under Clinton!  

    /snark

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:42:00 AM PST

    •  Agree. Funny how the millions (5+ / 0-)

      represented in education funds (which are sure to have a long-term positive return on investment of about six to one if GI Bill after WWII can be used as a benchmark) will get sacrificed instead of another weapons system, which will impact one company to the tune of billions and maybe the lives of a couple of hundred contract workers. Now there's smart money management.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:46:33 AM PST

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      •  Typical (0+ / 0-)

        You're both looking at this through those blinders without much thought!!

        We still have, and are sending the military into, a combat theater that while being relatively quiet as to the combat operations could blow at anytime as the weather is shifting once again in Afghanistan. For most the last thing on their minds in the Pentagon, certainly there are some who do the industries bidding for cushy jobs after retirement, are ongoing defense contracts and certainly proposals of new coming or being looked at. They'll cut, as I say below, anywhere funding can be without taking away from force ready possible needs, like Afghanistan which isn't only possible but probable as the drawdown continues especially, also needing funding to actually accomplish that!

        “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

        by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:36:59 AM PST

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        •  OK. But last time I looked, personnel in the (1+ / 0-)
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          aggregate is still the costliest "item" in the military's overall budget (all aspects of arming, feeding, clothing, health care, etc.). The primary foci here was individual, i.e., the contractual nature of the relationship between individual and agency. Any cuts to personnel-related programs affects morale, future enlistments and reenlistments (for those conflicts you're talking about), basic cultural values and norms that contribute to an individual's decision to serve his/her country. This translates into readiness. In a broader sense, too, the populace tends (or at least is tending) to support serving military and veterans, so these cuts to personnel (current and former service) are also a potential tinderbox that will facilitate generating pressure on legislators to stop the gamesmanship. Also, I don't like it being stated that I operate without "much thought." I get to give education of servicemembers and vets daily thought because I've been assisting individuals in their pursuits for about eight years. I agree with you that issues related to cuts are more complicated than a paragraph post online can represent. That's why it was a paragraph and focused on TA.  

          I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

          by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:57 AM PST

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      •  REVENUES (1+ / 0-)
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        Are needed just to pay for these war debts and the compounding interests on those, That's The Peoples Responsibility When Waging Wars Of Choice!!

        Same needed for other area's of everything used or there for the people.

        Nothing has been paid on them, especially once again the results of since day one, tax cuts came with them and the majorities went out the exhaust pipes in relation to the secret cheney energy deals while the wealthy hoarded theirs and that made off the investment in!!

        It's that simple!!

        “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

        by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:16 AM PST

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        •  I don't think we're disagreeing on principles. I (0+ / 0-)

          published an article in 2005 about the "coming federal budget crisis" that was based on the fact that the country could not conduct two wars off budget, cut taxes, and still expect there not to be an eventual day of reckoning. You're welcome to read this article if interested. It was posted in an online journal related to federal research grant funding. The absolute, undeniable wackadoodle management and pursuit of the wars from a policy and fiscal POV has been thorougly documented. I'm just adding one more example of how the wingnuttery manifests itself in screwing the little guy first (and foremost). I really don't think otherwise that the argument here was meant to address overarching geopolitical topics.

          I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

          by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:04:02 AM PST

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        •  Maybe if we made corporations pay their goddamned (0+ / 0-)

          Taxes, we could use those "REVENUES" to honor the contracts with these soldiers.

          But no.

          Lets not do that. Lets instead give these corporations police powers via the patriot act, give them corporate welfare while beating up our own individual citizens, and screwing over military members, their families and veterans.

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