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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 08:51 AM
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2. Why would they kick us out?
Edited on Tue Jan-18-11 09:12 AM by Statistical
We subsidize their national defense allowing them to save billions (likely trillions if you count all spending from WWII to today). That money can then fund expanded social programs without raising taxes. Even better the 100,000 or so American servicemen & servicewomen spend money in Germany economy pumping billions more into local businesses. Germany has negotiated contracts so that tens of thousands of Germans are employed. Indirectly tens of thousands more are employed because military units are required to contract with local businesses for some resources (paving roads on bases, electrical work, construction, etc).

They will NEVER kick us out. As long as American taxpayers are willing to provide free defense for Germany and then pay the Germans cold hard cash for the "right" to do it why would they kick us out?

Imagine a foreign non-profit entity that set up shop in the US. Now imagine they wasted trillions of foreign taxpayers money and dumped all that here, pumping billions into local economy, and employed tens of thousands of people ... would you kick them out? Would anyone?
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  -Why does the US still have so many military bases in Germany? cowcommander  Jan-18-11 08:47 AM   #0 
  - Great Question! And a good way to cut defense spending without looking weak  KittyWampus   Jan-18-11 08:49 AM   #1 
  - Why would they kick us out?  Statistical   Jan-18-11 08:51 AM   #2 
  - Economic stimulus for Germany, sure. "Free defense"? Bullshit. Germany doesn't need the bases.  JackRiddler   Jan-18-11 08:54 AM   #3 
     - Most counties in Europe spend 3% to 5% on defense.  Statistical   Jan-18-11 08:59 AM   #4 
        - Which would be about 2% to 4% more than they need to spend on "defense."  JackRiddler   Jan-18-11 09:11 AM   #6 
        - Still there is no evidence Germany wouldn't spend an equivelent amount as its neighbors.  Statistical   Jan-18-11 09:14 AM   #7 
           - If my grandmother were a train, she'd have wheels.  JackRiddler   Jan-18-11 09:54 AM   #14 
              - Ok now you are just arguing semantics.  Statistical   Jan-18-11 09:59 AM   #16 
                 - The US spends next to nothing on defense. It spends on aggressive war, empire, profiteering...  JackRiddler   Jan-18-11 10:06 AM   #18 
                    - Fine Germany spends less than 2% of GDP on the department of war/paranoia.  Statistical   Jan-18-11 10:08 AM   #19 
                    - Well...  Demeter   Jan-18-11 10:10 AM   #20 
        - Confoederatio Helvetica has a defense budget..  MattBaggins   Jan-18-11 09:21 AM   #11 
  - that looks like just the Army installations - U.S.A.F would include several more  DrDan   Jan-18-11 09:01 AM   #5 
  - You are correct.  Lasher   Jan-18-11 09:37 AM   #12 
  - German beer and sausage  somone   Jan-18-11 09:16 AM   #8 
  - You read my mind. That was my free association moment.  no_hypocrisy   Jan-18-11 09:18 AM   #9 
  - Look at where they all are!  JackintheGreen   Jan-18-11 09:18 AM   #10 
  - good beer? n/t  upi402   Jan-18-11 09:38 AM   #13 
  - We're there to bring freedom and democracy to the German people.  Lasher   Jan-18-11 09:58 AM   #15 
  - Three related reasons why the US maintains a constellation of bases in Germany.  JackRiddler   Jan-18-11 10:01 AM   #17 
  - kick  JackRiddler   Jan-19-11 01:33 PM   #22 
  - With that concentration, you'd almost think there were oil fields and pipelines. nt  DCKit   Jan-18-11 10:14 AM   #21 

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