Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Sep 27, 2012.
There is so much wasteful spending in the military you could cut the budget by half and still have enough to run everything.
A vote for Ryan is a vote for 'MERICA
Do you ever have anything of value to add?
Most of that wasteful spending is cause by red tape bureaucracy, and shitty budget practices. "Hey, we've been good this year and come in under budget... but if we don't spend it all, we won't get as much next year, either. Shit. Quick, run to Staples to buy printers and toner! You, hit the local gun store and order a couple thousand magazines. Also, someone get a couple pallets of AA batteries from the GSA..."
Yeah I've seen this happen countless times. The CO at one of my commands spent a million (yes $1,000,000) to a local contractor to paint a shed to eat up the surplus budget.
On time another spent 10k relandscaping our building in the middle of nowhere on a base. Oh and it was a secure site so it probably cost another 10k to clear the landscapers.
And his face projects blackness
Obama spends way too much and refuses to reduce the deficit. So let's make sure we keep pumping trillions of dollars into our already bloated military. Makes total sense!
Don't forget about the tax cuts.
How about we reduce spending on things that the federal government doesn't have constitutional authority to spend money on first?
What types of spending does Congress not have constitutional authority to perform?
And before you edit your response to say "Eliminating spending on items not specifically authorized in the Constitution", I'd be fine starting with cutting off the Air Force's budget and going from there
The Air Force isn't considered national defense?
Of course it is. We point that out every time the stupid Air Force taking point comes up, and they continue to try it.
The more this campaign goes on, the more I think that Paul Ryan is too fucking smart for his own good.
Campaigns aren't won on sound policy discussion, or platitudes or vague statements that make you "read the story" beyond the headline. The best VP candidates were guys like Gore and Cheney who could give good quotes focused on the central campaign theme, and otherwise shut the fuck up.
Ask Cheney about the need for Guantanamo: "It's a tougher place for tougher customers." Could you imagine Ryan saying something like that?
This guys skills are awesome for Congress and the Senate however. He will have a long, distinguished career as a legislator and that's where his talents lie. The future of the Republican party in terms of Presidential hopes won't go to an egghead...they'll go to a telegenic guy like Marco Rubio.
They aren't an army or navy.
Well, the Constitution does also provide for the general defense of the nation, and the Air Force originated in the Army, so I'm fine with it.
Since you're willing to be flexible with Constitutional interpretations, couldn't Universal Healthcare be considered a method of general defense of the Nation?
What if hospitals started renting out F-22's to get doctors to the ER faster?
I would consider it national defense if they started carpet bombing neighborhoods where the gimmie dats live and covering hospitals with machine-gun fire whenever uninsured illegals tried to get it.
Well then how are they going to take advantage of Mitt Romney's advice to utilize the ER in lieu of healthcare reform?