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LamarkNewAge
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Message 1 of 9 (799237)
02-08-2017 11:01 AM


I was just reading a 2017 The Nation magazine I grabbed and Jeffrey Sachs said something that shocked even me. We spend $900 billion year! I just found that he has shared this shocking fact with numerous publications.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=jeffrey+sachs+%24900...

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Jeffrey D. Sachs: The fatal expense of American ... - The Boston Globe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/...e-fatal-expense.../story.html
By Jeffrey D. Sachs October 30, 2016. Part of a weekly series on ... The $900 billion in annual spending is roughly one-quarter of all federal government outlays.

From the CIA to the GFE by Jeffrey D. Sachs - Project Syndicate

https://www.project-syndicate.org/...n-fund-by-jeffrey-d-sac...

Sep 29, 2016 - The US spends $1 billion per year on global education, and $900 billion on ... Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and ...


Trump says he wants to spend even more per year (of course he doesn't attribute it to and negative fiscal situations we are presently facing) and I never hear any alarm sounding on this one.

The "sequestration", that cut a little from the military's massive growth of the past decade to decade and a half, has only inspired a discussion in the media of "how much we should restore" to those "big [bad] cuts" to the poor little military and security budget.

Trump wants quite a lot in tax cuts too a well as infrastructure spending.

I wonder if this is a strategic bankruptcy we have coming to our nation.

Perhaps we need to start speaking more about this issue?

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Message 3 of 9 (799245)
02-08-2017 12:14 PM
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02-08-2017 11:01 AM


$erious Business
LNA writes:

I wonder if this is a strategic bankruptcy we have coming to our nation.

Perhaps we need to start speaking more about this issue?

Sachs is passionate and correct in his assessments. The likelihood of reducing the military budget in today's world is necessary and yet tough to do. It seems that the planet has gone mad...(or at least we always were) I see a strategic bankruptcy globally, followed by a new system that has been prophesied. They want to have all the money...
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Two major studies have measured the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. One, by my Columbia colleague Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard scholar Linda Bilmes, arrived at the cost of $3 trillion as of 2008. A more recent study, by the Cost of War Project at Brown University, puts the price tag at $4.7 trillion through 2016. Over a 15-year period, the $4.7 trillion amounts to roughly $300 billion per year, and is more than the combined total outlays from 2001 to 2016 for the federal departments of education, energy, labor, interior, and transportation, and the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Message 4 of 9 (799837)
02-16-2017 3:39 PM
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Re: $erious Business
In todays presidential press conference, Trump reiterated his plans for the military.
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...our country will never have had a military like the military we’re about to build and rebuild. We have the greatest people on earth in our military, but they don’t have the right equipment and their equipment is old. I used it; I talked about it at every stop. Depleted, it’s depleted - it won’t be depleted for long. And I think one of the reason I’m standing here instead of other people is that frankly, I talked about we have to have a strong military.

Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. –RC Sproul
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain "
~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.~Proverbs 28:26

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Message 5 of 9 (799839)
02-16-2017 3:42 PM
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Re: $erious Business
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Depleted, it’s depleted - it won’t be depleted for long.

Enough of the depleted uranium ammo, bring me some un-depleted uranium ammo.


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Message 6 of 9 (799849)
02-16-2017 9:39 PM
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Re: $erious Business
How much power does the president---by himself---have in ordering a first response strike? By the way I am talking non-nuclear---God help us otherwise.

Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. –RC Sproul
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain "
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Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.~Proverbs 28:26

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Message 7 of 9 (799850)
02-16-2017 9:42 PM
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Re: $erious Business
While only Congress can declare war the President has as much power as the military will allow him.

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Message 8 of 9 (799851)
02-16-2017 9:48 PM
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Re: $erious Business
I was just reading a report on the president and the Japanese PM at Trumps own resort, Mar-A-Logo. This whole story seems scandelous...Trumps own resort doubled admission from $100,000 to $200,000 for guests who--as reported---were taking cellphone pics only feet away from Trump as there was a serious discussion on N.Korea. One guy reportedly even tweeted a pic about seeing the guy who carried the nuclear football with him.

Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. –RC Sproul
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain "
~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.~Proverbs 28:26

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Message 9 of 9 (800003)
02-19-2017 12:42 AM


War for profit
The US military is big business alright. Basically the US and Russian militaries fuck over the Muslim world pursuing their own economic agendas. Then blame Muslims for everything. The worst of it all is that most of the people in the west buy the 'we're trying to help them' nonsense.

http://www.news.com.au/...y/74efcba9554c10bd35e280b63a9afb74


  
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