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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:30 PM

13. Spare me the grief

The military has had its 'fat' years for a decade now and troop pay is a part of that as well. It is bad politics to go after the military during crisis, but foreign deployments are about to (hopefully) start ramping down. Historically, whenever the military has not been needed they are subjected to many 'cuts'.
And just where the readiness crisis will be? The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) will see to it that there will be staffing issues (uniformed and not contractor) and planes may very well be grounded (to save fuel, but the contractors will be paid whether we fly planes or not). Military personnel may not get bullets for their weapons or even pencils to fill out reports, but bloated contracted programs will continue unchecked. The muscle will be either cut or be allowed to atrophy, but the fat will grow and grow. Come time for another conflict and we will be just as screwed as we are every other time new conflicts arise after times of 'peace'.
The sad thing is that the MIC does not even care about what they do to the country, as long as they line their pockets. Not much different that the banks, Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big Oil, and the list goes on. They have all (or most) of the decision makers in their pockets, and that holds for both parties.
Only a true awakening in this country by the voting public will bring about real change and that process is being (and has been) gamed by those currently in control. Can we bring about the change? I pray we can.

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