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Chet Ruminski Wrote:
Dutch Wrote: Dutch, Your observations are 100% right on. In principle you are 100% correct. My point is to keep on getting the money and spending it but try to get control of the spending. When I was in the Navy I helped put a brand new 1.5 million dollar LCU ,into operational status. An LCU is 140 feet long and used to transport troops or vehicles to shore during an invasion. The Unit I was in, ACU 2, had an opening to send a LCU to Moorehead city to be rebuilt. All the other LCUs were involved in a change of operations. 1/2 were coming back from overseas duty and the other half were leaving to replace them. A boat had to be sent to rebuild or else the Unit would permanently lose that money. So having just put this new LCU into service, I was now taking it to Moorehead City to be rebuilt. As soon as we tied up at Moorehead City a crew came on board cutting the decks to get the brand new 12 cylinder Detroit Diesels out to be rebuilt. Was this necessary ? Just depends on your priorities. I believe in people above profit so yes I think it was necessary in order to keep the economy functioning. Spending is good. Better spending is better. But remember that waste to one is another's super project. Keep on spending but keep on trying to get control for your own purpose. My purpose is a living plus wage for everybody. That can be achieved by spending if the right people get control. Don't stop easily criticized spending because some good programs and benefits will suffer. My idea of better spending is to redirect foreign aid internally. Like the first Roosevelt said :" speak softly and carry a big stick". Use foreign aid money for infrastructure and arms. Remember the criticism " if you sink to their level of meanness you are no better". The bottom line is not profit, it is people. Redirected there are enough resources to raise the standard of living for all the impoverished. "I'm going to Disney World" should be reality for anybody so desiring. Everybody working and happy would make it hard to start a fight or find somebody to fight.
Chet Ruminski Wrote: It is hard to do and sometimes I slip back into criticizing wasteful spending, but I catch it right away. Every complaint about government waste jeopardizes good programs that others classify as waste. A favorite criticism is "Tax and spend liberals". People need to understand that is a compliment. Spending is the life of an economy. Cutting taxes will put more money in the hands of people that won't spend it. They will save it and that puts even more money at risk of stagnating by securitizing futures gambling. Spending is good and more spending is better. Successful companies spend to get ahead and stay ahead.
Sorry, I disagree. Government spending and their budget system does not work. It is the in-efficiency and as always the "budget" has to be filled even if it has money left. That leads to "waste" Sure it is good to have infrastructure projects but often spent on total idiotic "things" just to fill some "pockets" of certain people. This already happens on a small scale in local governments. Then we have the "waste" of our foreign policies; handing out billions to "leaders" without result, or loosing billions of Pentagon projects of which they don't know where the money went. etc.. On top of it hand out war equipment all over the place, or loose it in some distant country. Again this country is the most corrupt after Russia in the world. Projects contracted to the war industry have huge margins; toilet seats are $500.- a piece for instance. So "spending" is only good if it is done "wisely". My answer is ; Sorry, they don't know that word!!!
Chet , thanks. Efficiency should be a major goal in our government however that is not the case as you also described. The other problem is creating "fear factors" to keep everyone busy in order to spent money on total waste. This country is a total FEAR country as follows; that is where the money is spent on.
We are afraid of:
6) Iraq/Afghanistan/ Yemen/ Syria/Pakistan/ N. Korea/ Sudan/ Nigeria etc. etc.
9) Stock market
10) End of the world
11) The devil
12) Our pastor ( you go to hell)
13) Bears and alligators ( so go hunt them)
14) Your neighbor because he's got 10 AK 47's
15) Medicines; don't take them they will kill you
17) Recalls on everything
18) Your life savings
19) Being sued
20) Being shot
21) Road rage
22) Our shadow
23) Of course TERRORIST's around every corner; because we bombed them.
The only medicine seems to be to run to church and start believing in la la land. What a country!!!