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I think this episode speaks to your point that being prepared is invaluable. This war was won or lost years ago. But the fallacy is that preparedness can be measured in the number of dollars spent....Dollars are what you spend; value is what you get for the dollars. If every US government department that does a lousy job of spending and value for the dollar was due for budget freezes or reductions ( as some have suggested for the military), then Medicare/Aid and tons of others are also candidates.Does the military have tremendous waste, etc. ? Yep!Do many other government departments? Yep!The solution is to change the system to cut the waste, while maintaining/increasing output of what we need from them.It all starts with Congress, a hot bed of political favoritism, from being able to insider trade on stocks to being able to get a job with folks they were supposed to be regulating/overseeing.Term limits is the answer, along with prohibitions about jobs after they leave Congress. If the President has term limits, why not the Congress Critters? Maybe then, we will get more accountability and less waste. Add in a less onerous way to get rid of poorly performing "civil servants" and maybe we can get more bang for our bucks in lots of areas.Cheers!MurphBL Home Fool
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