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The Party's Over?

The U.S. military, especially the army and marines, used the demand for new weapons and equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to replace a lot of aging Cold War gear. The air force and navy did not do as well and now, with American defense spending shrinking, there will be fewer American warplanes and warships.


Ironically I was chatting for a couple hours last night with my neighbour's son who is in the process of ending a 37 year career as a combat engineer in our army. Much the same thing happened with most of the money over the past ten years going to the army due to the Afghanistan efforts. Now the cuts are coming hot and heavy (Harper desperately wants his balance budget before he has to face the voters in 2015****) but everyone is getting hit not just the army.

If you think the cost of the wars is over you might want to consider that according to this there are still two people collecting pensions related to the US Civil War. }};-()

U.S. Government Still Pays Two Civil War Pensions

By Lauren Fox
February 9, 2012 RSS Feed Print

Despite the fact that the Civil War ended April 9, 1865 (53,630 days ago, for reference), the government is still paying out veterans' pensions.

Records from the Department of Veterans' Affairs show that two children of Civil War veterans, as of September, are receiving pensions from their fathers' service.

Another problem with the continuing cost of wars is that while badly injured soldiers used to mostly die on the battlefields, nowadays they throw whatever is left over from the bomb or bullets in a helicopter and haul to to a field hospital with top notch surgeons who will fix enough of it up to be technically alive and collect expensive support from the taxpayer for the rest of its life.

That very long sentence was a message to politicians, remember this when you get the urge to get some use out of the high cost of maintaining a large military force.

**** absolutely not signed ****

**** - <<<this article might interest a lot of y'all>>>

Canada vows balanced budget in 2015 without "slash and burn"
By Louise Egan | Reuters – Thu, 21 Mar, 2013 6:09 PM EDT

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's Conservative government pledged on Thursday to close tax loopholes and curb spending to erase its budget deficit in time for the 2015 election, even as it committed funds to infrastructure, manufacturing and job training.

The projected deficit in the fiscal year ending March 31 is roughly in line with Ottawa's previous forecast in November, at C$25.9 billion ($25.4 billion). The deficit would be about 1.4 percent of the size of the economy, compared with about ...


The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper oversaw the country's slide into deep deficits at the height of the global financial crisis after an 11-year string of surpluses, most of them racked up by the previous Liberal administration.

It is now staking its reputation on balancing the books in time for an October 2015 election
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