Originally Posted by Fedaykin
Just like when I optimize code, I start with the biggest ticket items:
* Why do we have 12 supercarriers (11 currently operational)? That's more supercarriers than the rest of the world combined (which, by the way, only the U.S. and France fields supercarriers). Russia, the closest thing to a competitor we have, has ONE operational aircraft carrier. China has ZERO operational.
(speaking of Navy, of the four blue water capable Navies in the world, 3 are from close allies, the U.K and France)
* Why are we building more air superiority fighters when we already have an air force an order of magnitude larger than our nearest likely competitors (china/russia) combined (who have an inventory of aircraft that we can destroy, at will, in combat)?
.. and then work from there
It'll mean cuts to troop levels, engineers, workmen, etc. It also means the funds saved can be cut from taxes and new private sector opportunities will come from that. That's how it works, right?
I would rather my tax money go for a useful purpose (or not be taxed at all), rather than to support anything which is not necessary or useful (e.g. a military that has no purpose for existence in its current form and strength).
Bringing up welfare and medicare is just a red herring.
Why ditch carriers already built? I could agree with stalling any new carriers currently in the works but to mothball powerful expensive ships doesn't seem smart to me.
As far as the fighters go we already cut the f-22 and are going to go with what we have in the pipeline. The joint strike fighter actually a bargain compared to that.
So really it comes down to troops and there supply lines to overseas bases. That's really where it would have to come from. Most of the engineering stuff you talk about already farmed out to private sector. It will be jobs for 200 thousand foot soliders you will need jobs for. To say that would hurt you politically is an understatement.
The 2 biggest ticket items are military/defense and then entitlements. If you are going to make cuts thats were it has to be so how is Welfare a red herring. Just saying where they money gets spend.
Also about the carriers I think your wrong. With those carriers we control the world oceans and thats big. Subs also. Those are 2 areas you want to stay in control. Even China knows that we could sink every cargo ship they send out if we wanted to. That type of power gives you pull in the world. You don't go mothballing the most powerful navy in the world to save some money.