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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 10:18 p.m. MST

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BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ LDS Liberal.
I agree with defense cuts. First of all NATO is absolutely huge these days and an attack on one is an attack on all (including cyber warfare) so the US should not have to spend so much on defense.
I also have to agree that other things need to be cut. Interest payments on US debt alone last year was 420.6 billion dollars. That is with super deflated interest. Interest on debt spending will surpass defense spending in a decade. Total debt now equals the yearly GDP (that is not good)
Entitlements are a problem and can be fixed if both parties could agree. Most of social securities' woes can be fixed by eliminating the social security cap.
At the current rate the one way to fix the debt issue is to devalue the dollar (which has happened to a small degree) to a large extent to pay it off. Pretty much print more money.
The European crisis shows that welfare (socialistic states) are not sustainable.
Romney was right only 47% of the U.S. actually pays the government, other get it back in refunds, welfare, and tax returns.
Both parties need to figure this out.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

@ LDS Liberal
It would take 34000 B53 nuclear weapons to destroy the intire surface area of the earth.
1 million would eradicate any life.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Not justified!

Military provides jobs, and can replace some of benefits misuses.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY
@ LDS Liberal
It would take 34000 B53 nuclear weapons to destroy the intire surface area of the earth.
1 million would eradicate any life.

9:24 a.m. Feb. 26, 2014

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Agreed. but the B53 had a 1.2 megaton yield, and were rare.

I'm not at all savy on the Navy's weapon systems,
I was USAF -- and the Mk12A and Mk 21 on MinuteMan III ICBMs had a yield of 475 KiloTons,
and the much more common B61 yield varied from 0.3 - 340 KTs depending on the weapon delivery systems [cruise missiles, fighters, or bombers] and the target.

At any rate --
We didn't need nukes, and we already have them.
We didn't need chemical weapons, and we already have them.
and
We didn't need biological weapons, and we alrady have them.

A Drone in Afghanistan flown by a crew in safely 12,000 miles away via Satellite in South Jordan and Tooele Utah did the job just fine.

But like I said --
We -- as a Nation and a Military -- are increasingly more vunerable to cyber-attacks than anything else.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

My son-in-law and daughter are in the service and their little family are looking at cuts to health insurance benefits and the possible elimination of the commissary. People in the military make very little. It is the benefits that make up for that.

Meanwhile a family friend is working for one of those privatized military businesses that works on infrastructure overseas. He's making money hand over fist.

The symbol of the American flag lapel pin, that has almost become a brand for one political party, amounts to false advertising. They genuflect before the symbol of our nation without contributing, only profiting the sacrifice of others.

I think that we do need to cut our military budgets, but not at the expense of the people who actually do the work. Reminds me of the debate about makers and takers.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI
My son-in-law and daughter are in the service and their little family are looking at cuts to health insurance benefits and the possible elimination of the commissary. People in the military make very little. It is the benefits that make up for that.

Meanwhile a family friend is working for one of those privatized military businesses that works on infrastructure overseas. He's making money hand over fist.

The symbol of the American flag lapel pin, that has almost become a brand for one political party, amounts to false advertising. They genuflect before thesymbol of our nation without contributing, only profiting the sacrifice ofothers.

I think that we do need to cut our military budgets, but not at the expense of the people who actually do the work. Remindsme of the debate about makers and takers.

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Agreed!
Well said.

When I was in the service -- I made $600 a month.
Our "benefits" were all that keep us alive.

But -- You know that LockheedMartin & Haliburton are raking it in!
Takers v. Makers.

Also, that bit about --

Lapel pins/Flags/and Party affiliation
seems to eeirly similar to
Arm bands/Flags/and Party affiliation.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

$600 a month? That is a King's ransom. My father received $25 a month when he served. He was lucky; he was one who returned. My uncle also. They didn't count the money; they counted their freedom. They knew, when they sat at the dinner table, that they had paid all that they could pay for our freedom. They had seen the Nazi's. They had seen the Japanese. They had held the hands and heads of fellow Americans who bled out their lives on foreign soil. They didn't expect "money". They didn't expect a parade. They didn't expect to be "honored" and "saluted"; all they wanted was freedom for themselves and their families.

Things have certainly changed. Now some "soldiers" want us to pound their backs and remind them that they are super patriots. Every soldier is a patriot. Any soldier who thinks that he deserves more than citizenship in a free country doesn't understand his obligation as a citizen. I thank all who have served but I have contempt for those who demand special favors for their service. We are all Americans. America was built on the backs of citizens as well as soldiers.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Let the grandkids pay for the excessive military costs.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Okay, Mr. Richards. So the military should work for nothing, just for the honor of risking their lives and maiming their mental health. That's an acceptable sacrifice. But the rest of America gets off without having to play a part?

How about the patriots who serve, get benefits from those who stay at home. Let the rest of us pay that price for our freedoms.

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