Panetta notifies Congress of Pentagon plan to furlough civilians

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Harry079 wrote:

It seems that an “Army of One” just might become reality.

Feb 20, 2013 11:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
rmkraussr wrote:

put Panetta on unpaid leave . . . . the government is full of people who should be fired

Feb 20, 2013 2:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bagehot wrote:

For FY 08, the Pentagon got 480B for discretionary and 140B for the GWOT. The sequester still leaves the total over 900B. We’ve got congressmen forcing F22s and Abrams tanks on generals who specifically said they cannot use them. In a country that ranks in the double digits in math and science education, I can think of better things to do with the money.

Feb 20, 2013 3:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Oh, it’s gonna get much worse very, very fast. The FED is actually getting nervous about purchasing $85 BILLION in assets EACH MONTH. They’ve racked up $3 TRILLION dollars in ‘assets’ so far by turning on the printing presses. Lots of people are about to learn why deficits do matter, harhar! Watch for the market ‘correction’ coming soon after the FED stops spinning the presses of imaginary money.

Feb 20, 2013 4:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
spca wrote:

it will never happen, just like the fiscal cliff the morons will come to a agreement at the very end.

Feb 20, 2013 4:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stevedebi wrote:

@Bagehot: The problem is the money would never go to math and science education. Government is a huge money pit that grows to take up all the resources you feed it. The bureaucracy eats up the funds before they are able to be used.

Feb 20, 2013 6:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
actnow wrote:

The cuts represent 2.4% of Federal spending and you would think the end of the world was coming. Families and businesses cut their spending far more than that all the time. We’re broke, and this is just the beginning. Time go grow up and balance the budget so we can all have a future.

Feb 20, 2013 9:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
diddums wrote:

Think of all the lives that will be saved with less pentagon spending.

Feb 20, 2013 9:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dhirajkunar wrote:

When is the Middle East military installations packing up and exit gonna come? This is the biggest drain on the economy. Scrap those big extremely expensive nuclear powered aircraft carriers. They do not scare anybody today. During the peak of anti Iran threats last year, then two of these carriers were paraded on the Persian Gulf, one of the Iranian commanders said Iran will make a Chernobyl/Fukushima of those ships for the whole world to see. If you scrap them, all the defense employees need not go on furlough.

Feb 20, 2013 11:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

85 billion is a mere 1/10th of the amount of money required to close the budget gap. So … where are the next set of cuts and tax increases coming from?

Feb 21, 2013 12:05am EST  --  Report as abuse

@actnow:

Your statement is mostly correct. However, “we’re” not broke: The U.S. government is broke. Civil society and government are not synonymous.

Feb 21, 2013 12:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
Paulson545 wrote:

The Pentagon will lay off 800,000 national defense workers to save 46 billion dollars over a one year time frame. Didn’t obama just send almost 60 billion dollars to New Jersey & New York. Where did obama find 60 billion to rebuild beach front homes and can’t find 46 billion to keep us safe ?

Feb 21, 2013 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
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