The fiscal cliff and military spending

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Kevatc, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Kevatc

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    This is a three part article from Michael Yon. It's a good read. In a nutshell: The way we are conducting ops in Afghanistan and our dependence on technology is not making our military better but is in fact breaking it. There is a lot of waste going on.

    All The King

    And ... how can we be serious about winning in Afghanistan when we rebuild Mullah Omar's mosque so as to appease the local folks who by the way, keep shooting and trying to blow us up???

    MEDEVAC at FOB Pasab, Afghanistan
  2. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer
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    In this Matrix of lies, we have no choice though what is done in our names. But we don't have to like it.
  3. fredball

    Vancouver, WA
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    This is too true to be funny.

    The next time you hear a politician use the
    Word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about
    whether you want the 'politicians' spending
    YOUR tax money.

    A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
    But one advertising agency did a good job of
    Putting that figure into some perspective in
    One of its releases.

    A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

    A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

    A billion hours ago our ancestors were
    living in the Stone Age.

    A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

    A billion dollars ago was only
    8 hours and 20 minutes,
    at the rate our government
    is spending it.

    While this thought is still fresh in our brain...
    let's take a look at New Orleans ...
    It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

    Louisiana Senator,
    Mary Landrieu (D)
    was asking Congress for
    To rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number...
    What does it mean?

    Well .. If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans
    (every man, woman and child)
    You each get $516,528

    Or... If you have one of the 188,251 homes in
    New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

    Or... If you are a family of four...
    Your family gets $2,066,012.

    Washington , D.C

    Are all your calculators broken??

    Building Permit Tax
    CDL License Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax (Fed)
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FU TA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
    IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Tax
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service charge Taxes
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
    Sales Taxes
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage ChargeTax
    Utility Tax
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    (And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)


    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
    And our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

    We had absolutely no national debt...
    We had the largest middle class in the world...
    And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What happened?
    Can you spell


    And I still have to
    Press '1'
    For English.

    I hope this goes around the
    At least 100 times

    What the heck has happened to our country?????
  4. slimer13

    Deer Park
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    From my front window I can watch KC 135's circle all day every day out of fairchild. This is simply to meet the pilots flight time quota. The cost in AV fuel must be astronomical. There has to be a cheaper way while maintaining the readiness level we expect from our military (maybe they could haul mail or something?;)). This is just one example of probably hundreds.

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