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Who would like to see our "bloated military budget" cut in order to save money?

In your opinion, what are the pros and cons in doing so?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:03 AM on Mar. 9, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (131)
  • This question actually made me laugh. I suppose you would have the entire military eligible for public assistance instead of just a large % of them. Lord knows they don't need guns or aircraft either. Forget the ships, the seas are perfectly safe... If it weren't for the military fighting wars in THEIR backyard the war would now be in YOUR backyard.

    The US has without a doubt the finest military in the world. The handful at the top may not be the best, but the men and women "on the ground" are. The military related industry is the only industry the US really has left. It is the only industry in which we dominate worldwide. Are you saying we should take the axe to our biggest industry?

    OP..a couple of questions for you. Please point out specific areas of "bloat." What would you do with the money you took away from the military?
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:29 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • We don't have a bloated military budget. Our men and women serving are underpaid and they don't even have the supplies they need. Try again... How about making our congress men and women stop taking personal jets everywhere. Or use the offices furnished as they get them only replacing what needs to be replaced. Instead they throw out everything and refurnish it their way. There are plenty of way to cut government spending but the military isn't one of them. Neither is NASA. People don't realize how much we have do to NASA. Much of our products and technology. Obama is screwing us cutting NASA.

    BlooBird

    Answer by BlooBird at 10:15 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Definitely! I would love if we would pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan completely it would save so much money and so many military lives and lives of innocent civilians and children over there! We should focus more on keeping OUR country safe, OUR borders patrolled, OUR airports safe. Let them deal with their own problems over there, plus our presence over there is breeding more terrorist because we are occupying their land and resources, and blowing up their cities for nothing! I guess the only cons would be alot of the soldiers would come home messed up in the head from combat and unemployable due to PTSD and unemployment would go up because of the returning soldiers.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • It is, and not what they pay the military men and women but the projects. The stations in Germany, Japan etc...the NUKE program...

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:23 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • You sound like a moron, anonymous 10:18. It is really not as simple as just herding all the soldiers up and shipping them home. It would cause a whole new host of problems. "I guess the only cons would be alot of the soldiers would come home messed up in the head from combat and unemployable due to PTSD and unemployment would go up because of the returning soldiers." < that is totally stupid, by the way. Not everyone who returns from combat suffers from PTSD.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • I've noticed that most people who throw around the phrase "bloated military budget" have no idea what they are talking about. If asked for specific examples, they have none. If they DO give an example, it's usually something that doesn't relate directly to the war in the middle east, so "they" don't deem it necessary.

    I'm not saying the military has NO unnecessary spending - but cutting the budget would have one bound-to-happen result -- the service men and women would take a pay cut. And that is the exact OPPOSITE of what needs to happen.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 10:29 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • It is, and not what they pay the military men and women but the projects. The stations in Germany, Japan etc...the NUKE program...


    ^^^^This is why civilians have no business dictating military affairs.  They don't understand WHY things are done as they are.  I'm not bashing you Sweet, it is just that things are done for a reason..often a very complicated one.  Would you really cut the nuke program KNOWING some of the most dangerous countries in the world have nuclear weapons?

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:34 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • We need to get out of the Middle East. That would save so much money. I don't understand all you people who are military families always defend the Wars? You actually want your loved one in danger and away from you and your kids? it makes no sense and we are wasting billions, Billions!

    kjfamily

    Answer by kjfamily at 10:41 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • It is, and not what they pay the military men and women but the projects. The stations in Germany, Japan etc...the NUKE program...


    This^^.


    Everyone speaks about cutting spending and the horrible deficit, yet NO ONE wants their pet project scaled back or affected. No wonder the US has the $$$ issues that it does. ALL areas need to be trimmed. That's what needs to happen when there is NO MONEY. Most of realize that the military pays low wages, even for those officers with high rank, so why did the members sign on? I'd hate to think  that the best strategists who we have to offer are such uninformed beings, in terms of their own employment.  The economy is horrible right now, for EVERYONE, the military is neither special nor exempt. Reality, ladies, reality-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 10:42 AM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • eye rolling

    ryanlynn

    Answer by ryanlynn at 10:43 AM on Mar. 9, 2010