[quote]H factor wrote:
[quote]usmccds423 wrote:The Marine Corps currently utilizes the F-18 Hornet platform, which is old as shit. The F-35 JSF will replace every aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps and it’s cheaper than the F-22 Raptor.
We also don’t have bases in every country, you are exaggerating.
I was not for the auto bailout the way it was handled. I do understand and accept there are going to be unemployment issues with spending cuts. I don’t think most people that post, “we need to cut program,” thinks about the consequence though.
We have a TON of bases and you know this. Of course I was exaggerating just like I assume you’re exaggerating when you talk about the F-35 being cheap. Cheaper than some other bloated government weapon that we overspent on? Maybe. Cheap? Yeah right.
What % of our economy should be spent on the military? Are you like Romney and thought we needed to INCREASE defense spending? We spend like 37% of all the dollars spent on defense in the entire world. Don’t think we have any waste there? [/quote]
R&D cost money, how do you think new technology is created. Yes a f-35 is expensive, but what is the alternative. I use to order parts for F-18, do you know how rare certain parts are becoming. Many of the manufactures don’t even exist anymore, that’s how old the platform is. I suppose we could fly on, “Hope,” next time we go to war.
The military needs to trim up like everything else, my point is you need to make sure and take into consideration the ramifications beyond, “just cut gov programs.” Also military spending is one of the few things the fed is supposed to spend money on, per the constitution. [/quote]
I don’t think anybody here is advocating for an emasculated military, but the cuts need to come from everywhere, and we do spend more on defense than the next 10 or so countries combined. The interest on the debt from the last two unfunded wars alone costs somewhere between $150B and $500B (depending on who you believe) each and every year. I gotta believe we could still have a kick-ass military on 90% of what we spend now. Something has got to give.
I agree, the military example was just the example used. I don’t think it would ever be suggested or will ever happen. I agree and have said budget cuts need to be across the board, including the military. I never meant to insinuate anything contrary to that.