Military Spending | January 30, 2019 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS

Military Spending | January 30, 2019 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS


WELCOME BACK.
LAST WEEK, OUR NATIONAL NIGHTMARE OF A CLOSED GOVERNMENT ENDED, 
RETURNING US TO OUR NATIONAL NIGHTMARE OF AN OPEN GOVERNMENT.
BUT IF OUR NATION WERE TO TAKE ONE LESSON FROM THE SHUTDOWN — WHICH, OF COURSE, WE
WON’T — MAYBE WE’D THINK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE THINGS WE ARE AND AREN’T WILLING TO SPEND
MONEY ON. THIS YEAR, WE’VE ALLOTTED MORE THAN
SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS IN DEFENSE SPENDING. THAT’S MORE THAN THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS ON
EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY, AGRICULTURE, SPACE, JUSTICE, THE ENVIRONMENT, VETERANS,
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, COMMERCE, HOMELAND SECURITY, HOUSING, THE INTERIOR, LABOR, THE
TREASURY AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT COMBINED. THAT IS SUCH A HUGE NUMBER THAT IF YOU 
TYPED IT INTO A CALCULATOR AND TURNED IT UPSIDE DOWN, IT WOULD SAY 
“USE THIS MONEY TO HELP PAY FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, YOU BOOBS.”
OUR GIGANTIC MILITARY BUDGET WOULD BE A LOT EASIER TO FORGIVE IF IT WERE ACTUALLY
MAKING US SAFER. BUT A LOT OF IT IS NOT.
WE REGULARLY THROW UNIMAGINABLE SUMS OF MONEY AT MILITARY PROJECTS THAT SHOW NO SIGNS OF
EVER BEING USEFUL. LIKE FLYING OVER FOOTBALL GAMES OR, YOU
KNOW, INVADING IRAQ.
A MORE RECENT EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF 
THE F-35 AIRCRAFT, WHICH HAS GONE VASTLY OVER ITS ALREADY ENORMOUS BUDGET.
THE F-35 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE CROWN JEWEL IN THE MILITARY AIR FLEET.
ACTUALLY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHEAPER TO MAKE IT OUT OF ACTUAL CROWN JEWELS.
WE’VE ACTUALLY MANAGED TO BRING THAT DOWN TO AROUND 
89 MILLION DOLLARS PER PLANE, MOSTLY BY NOT ORDERING
THE CLEANING KIT AND STURDY LEATHERETTE CARRYING CASE, BUT IT’S STILL PRETTY DARN PRICY.
THAT WOULD BE A CRAZY AMOUNT OF MONEY EVEN FOR A PLANE THAT WORKED, WHICH THE F-35 DOES
NOT. AT A MOCK DEPLOYMENT IN 2016, 
ONLY ONE OUT OF SIX F-35’S COULD ACTUALLY TAKE OFF DURING TESTING. 
ALTHOUGH THAT COULD BE AN ADVANTAGE, SINCE THE ENEMY WILL NEVER EXPECT TO SEE FIGHTER
JETS “DRIVING” TOWARD THEM. 
SURPRISE! THE F-35 ALSO SUFFERED FROM A RADAR GLITCH
THAT COULD ONLY BE RESOLVED BY HAVING THE PILOT TURN THE RADAR OFF AND ON AGAIN.
LIKE A WIRELESS ROUTER. IT’S OKAY, THEY’RE HIGHLY TRAINED FIGHTER
PILOTS SO THEY CAN GET THROUGH THE VERIZON TECH SUPPORT MENU AT 50,000 FEET.
OTHER F-35 “OOPSIES” INCLUDE THE JET’S SOFTWARE, WHICH WAS SO HOPELESSLY SCREWED UP, TECHNICIANS
HAD TO GO OFF BASE TO USE COMMERCIAL WIFI ACCESS,
DOWNLOAD THE NECESSARY FILES AND BURN THEM TO CD’S.
SO WE’LL BE FINE AS LONG AS WE ONLY INVADE PLACES THAT ARE NEAR 
A STARBUCKS WITH FREE WIFI. OH, AND THE F-35 ALSO HAD ONE OTHER “TEENY”
PROBLEM. A
BLOWTORCH SURROUNDED BY FUEL? THESE THINGS ARE 89 MILLION DOLLARS.
HEY AIR FORCE, GIVE ME HALF THAT MONEY AND I WILL SELL YOU A 
MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE EXPLODING PLANE. THE ENGINE IS A FORK IN A MICROWAVE.
DON’T SAY NO OR YOU’RE AGAINST THE TROOPS. SO HOW DOES A 
COUNTRY THAT CAN’T AFFORD TO OFFER ITS CITIZENS HEALTH CARE DROP ALMOST HALF-A-TRILLION DOLLARS
ON A BUNCH OF PLANES THAT DON’T WORK? IT ALL COMES DOWN TO A SLOPPY CIRCLE JERK
BETWEEN THREE POWERFUL GROUPS. THE PENTAGON NEEDS SOMEONE TO BUILD BLAMMO
MACHINES THAT WILL VAPORIZE PEOPLE WE HATE. SO THEY GIVE ASS-LOADS OF MONEY TO 
DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, WHO SPREAD EACH PROJECT AROUND AS MANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS  AS
POSSIBLE, PROMISING LOTS OF FAT, JUICY JOBS THAT LEGISLATORS
WILL DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT. AND WHEN THEY ALL SHARE A SPECIAL HUG, 
A CRAZY-ASS PLANE THAT WE DON’T NEED IS BORN. THIS HAPPY THROUPLE IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS 
“POLITICAL ENGINEERING.” AND FOR PROJECTS LIKE THE F-35, IT’S THE ONLY
KIND OF ENGINEERING THAT WORKS. EVEN 
BERNIE SANDERS, ONE OF THE MOST OUTSPOKEN CRITICS OF EXCESS MILITARY SPENDING, 
FELT COMPELLED TO BRING SOME OF THE PORK HOME TO HIS STATE.
WHO KNEW VERMONT WAS SUCH A MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL POWERHOUSE?
THAT EXPLAINS BEN & JERRY’S NEW FLAVOR DEATH BY CHOCOLATE AND DRONES.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAN BEST EQUIPPED TO STOP THIS NONSENSE IS DONALD TRUMP, AND HE IS ALL
IN. OKAY, THAT SOUNDS DUMB, BUT HE DOESN’T MEAN
YOU “LITERALLY” CAN’T SEE IT. OKAY, BUT HE MEANS YOU LITERALLY CAN’T SEE
IT ON RADAR, NOT LIKE YOU LITERALLY CAN’T SEE IT IF IT’S RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.
THEN TRUMP’S AIDES HAD TO GET HIM TO ANOTHER EVENT SO THEY PRETENDED TO THROW A TENNIS
BALL THE OTHER WAY. GO ON, GO GET IT! LIKE MOST THINGS PRESIDENT TRUMP ENDORSES,
THE F-35 HAS BEEN A COLOSSAL WASTE OF MONEY. BUT IT’S HARD TO STOP.
IF YOU TRY TO ACTUALLY SCRUTINIZE OUR MILITARY BUDGET THE WAY YOU’D SCRUTINIZE ANY OTHER
GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, PEOPLE SAY YOU’RE AGAINST THE TROOPS. 
WHICH I AM NOT! I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW MY FAVORITE PARTS OF 
MALE STRIP SHOWS ARE THE MILITARY-THEMED PARTS.
BUT IF YOU DON’T TRUST MY PEACENIK OPINION, MAYBE YOU’LL TRUST 
THAT OF THE LATE JOHN MCCAIN, WHO CALLED THE F-35
PROGRAM “A SCANDAL,” “A TRAGEDY” AND “DISGRACEFUL.” 
YES, NATIONAL DEFENSE IS IMPORTANT, AND THAT COSTS MONEY.
BUT IT’S NOT “SUPPORTING THE TROOPS” TO STICK THEM INTO BILLION-DOLLAR 
FORD PINTOS. THEY DESERVE BETTER, AND SO DO THE REST OF
US. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

100 Comments on "Military Spending | January 30, 2019 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS"


  1. I don't see what the fuss is about. The US spends 3.1% of its GDP on defense, just slightly above the world average, to police the entire world.

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  2. The F35 is just what we know about, there is a lot of planes we don’t officially know about that costs more, like the Aurora

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  3. US has the biggest military budget in world by a longshot. It's a long accepted truth that the Pentagon gouges taxpayers. It's up to Congress to act as watchdog, and instead they're on the take.

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  4. Got a plan 1. Just get universal health care (its cheaper for the government then now) 2. Get rid of America’s nuclear weapons 3. Forgive student load debt and make education free it’s a win win for everyone

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  5. Just checked on Wikipedia:  active personnel serving in the US Marine Corps = 186,000 + 38,500 in Reserve [total 224,500].    Active personnel serving in the entire UK military establishment = 149,710 + 81,850 in Reserve [Total = 231,560].   The UK  "Reserve" is the Territorial Army.  Lord knows what the US Marine Reserve is.    I have heard the UK described as a "middling" world military power.   If this is so then the US Marine Corps – on its own – is a middling world power.   That's impressive.

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  6. The only reason you care is because it cost you money, somebody does not want to pay taxes. Yeah like you care for universal healthcare. Than how come you jerks talk down Bernie.

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  7. America has to control the world, so our country pushes other countries around like Venezuela with their socialist president. He is not a dictator.

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  8. In a Republican democracy the people say who should decide. In a free country people have a right to be ignorant

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  9. Every military commander is told to spend more money than he or she did the year before and that person better tow the line. That said, the military got $100 billion more than it asked in this recent budget and it always ask for much more than it needs.
    I’m a 28 year vet and I support the core military mission, but not the rampant group think, or the military industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about.

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  10. This woman and her cult followers confuse political commentary for comedy.  Proving once again that liberalism truly is a mental disorder for which there is no cure.  It is terminal.  She could never make me laugh.

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  11. Take a F-16, redesign the air intakes – put the Pratt & Whitney F119 engine in and you have a "5th generation plane" – using the same tooling and assembly lines as the current fleet.

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  12. And it gets worse https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/09/defense-patrick-shanahan-boeing-pentagon-1064203

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  13. You can't see the F-35, but you can still HEAR IT!! Making it's invisibility completely useless against blind pilots.

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  14. The 'Defense' budget number makes no practical "sense". Instead think about spending $80,000 EVERY hour for 1 day, EVERY day for 1 year, EVERY year for 1,000 years.

    Yep, $80,000 EVERY hour-on-the-hour for 1,000 years. That's $700,000,000,000.And that's only for this years 'Defense' budget …

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  15. People live in tents = normal. Shootings = normal. Invading other countries = normal. People die because lack of insurance = normal. Demented traitor as president = normal. People making tons of money on war = normal. Locking people up without trial = normal. Killing people without trial = normal.
    USA = scariest country on earth by far!

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  16. I blame Lockheed Martin Raytheon of being too greedy and making useless objects. Shame on their Ceos and managers! Fire them ALL.

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  17. Without the world's biggest military, how would we conduct all the "humanitarian" efforts whose only purpose is to help people and not install puppet regimes? 😉

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  18. Wasn't the whole idea behind the F-35 that it would be cheaper and more cost effective than the F-22? Maybe the US should just go back to that.

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  19. We should just keep using our F-15s, F/A-18s and F-16s. The F-35 is ridiculously decked out with tech, and ridiculously overpriced. The F-15 is already a super capable airframe, we should just continue to upgrade and modernize that.

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  20. The c. 5-year-old reporting from Qatar shows that Samantha will throw her own country under a bus to get a small audience to laugh. Her motivation for doing this is questionable. The "60 minutes" report that she mentions is also around 5 years old. Naturally, this raises questions of what she has been doing for the past 5 years.
    However, I can say that we need better health and better access to higher education (e.g. university beyond high school and community colleges) here in the USA. Each day is a struggle for some of us.

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  21. The fact that we use a billion dollar bomber to hit a group of 3 Taliban without any tanks or aircraft are making the greatest generation turn in their graves

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  22. Don’t forget, Sanders voted against the Iraq war, where we lost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars, where many including Hillary didn’t. At least the man is honest and fiscally responsible about having an American government that works FOR the people.

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  23. Somebody has to figure out how to spread out the jobs of the healthcare industry to as many congressional districts as possible.

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  24. according to the government 1% GOES TO ALL WELFARE ASSISTANCE and ppl complain or want to cut food stamps for ppl I see with 2 jobs because they can't get enough hrs to pay rent car insurance light gas tissue paper a school picture uniforms gas for car

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  25. Do you folks realize how paranoid you are? Big military. Big wall. Big space force. Big gun ownership "for self protection"

    I thought you people were brave and free?

    Come home Sammy.

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  26. Just so you know, the F35 is one of the best aircrafts ever made as it is the best spy plane. It’s actually not really meant for combat it shouldn’t be seen ever, as it is for scouting missions. The F35 has only ever had one crash.

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  27. Great nations take care of their citizens. America takes care of the mega rich.

    Cut the military budget in half to fund, health care and education. Tax the rich(heavily) and churches. Then we might be on our way to getting back to normal.

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  28. Billions of dollars to private defence companies to 'save' hundreds of jobs. It would be cheaper to pay the aircraft engineers to stay home.

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  29. ~ F-35s, and yet we have to cut programs for the poor, including food assistance. THE USA in 2019. America worships money. Period. Cheers, DAVEDJ ~

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  30. Nobody noticed the plain big lie that was the basis for the topic? The government spends much more on education alone than the military, not the other way around.

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  31. And to think i thought ‘trading the family cow for some magic beans’ was a fairytale, not a cautionary military spending one… .__.;;

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  32. But if you get cancer aren't you consoled more by the massive military rather than universal healthcare!

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  33. Your allies all invested in the F35 so you can , can the project, you just won't have any allies once you do

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  34. Yet again with the Bernie bashing. Even when he clearly stated that he was against the project…. How come no comment was made on what Warren or Kamala Harris or Biden have to say on this..

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  35. The F-35 Lightning is a beautiful death trap. They’ve been tweaking its design nearly 7yrs now and less than a fourth of them are even operational. In 2012 I was excited for the F-22’s successor, but now nearing 2020 it seems that the Lightning is an ambitious failure.

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  36. The F35 is not even capable of supercruise, something fighter jets have all been able to do since the 1954 English Electric Lightning. Current gen Russian and Chinese jets can do so, btw.

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  37. If what she said regarding the "facts," then this plane needs to be aborted!

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  38. I support the troops, I think we should keep them here at home and provide them all the benefits they have earned, not send them overseas to get injured by defective war equipment.

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  39. This world is too hostile for weak , so lets not compromise with our national security.

    Every nation increasing it's defense budget so why not USA should increase??

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  40. The F-35 is a good plane. Trying to create a plane for the Marines, Air Force, and Navy all at once led to a lot of bugs and holdups, but these faults aren’t exceptional for a project this size. There was a time when the F-15 and F-16 were similarly derided, and they’ve gone on to lead long and valuable service lives. Over the last few years, F-35 has done increasingly well in air combat drills – recently taking out five F-16s from BVR. What’s more, as we’ve refined production and testing, the unit cost has fallen considerably to the point that it’s now under $100M, a squarely competitive price which has drawn in orders from around the world. More than 20 countries now operate at least some F-35s, and the IAF have already reached initial operating capability. The F-35 is an important vehicle of American influence and, crucially, a significant boon to NATO. I get that it’s fun to portray it as an expensive boondoggle – a representation of a defence budget which, certainly, is far too wasteful – but the F-35 remains a valuable strategic asset. Russia, China, and other adversaries have nothing like it.

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  41. To summarize: A lot of the dollars we're throwing at defense spending is actually part of a stimulus package.

    America still has a solid manufacturing industry, look up SOFEX, we set up booths right next to our enemies and advertise our weapons at this huge convention. VICE did a documentary where one of our own soldiers couldn't help but notice he was standing across from another booth displaying bombs that were fired at him months prior.

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  42. Just because we spend more in military than all other countries combined means that we get what we paid for. Most of that money goes to waste on many mis-managed programs. After all, if they run out of money they will get it and if we don’t have enough, they will say they don’t have enough for education and infrastructure and therefore they need to increase taxes.

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  43. Most weapons and military spending in general is just money laundering out of the treasury.

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  44. We should ask the military about their taking of money that could be going to the things we need at home in the USA. THIS IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM AMERICA!

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  45. Only one F-35 was tested in battle thus far, against the Taliban in Afghanistan, who don't have any Air Power!!! Way to go US.

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  46. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms manufacturer of F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter, a fifth-generation interceptor said to be the best in the world. That is when it works, which is not often. When Hurricane Michael swept through Florida, 17 Raptors—$339 million apiece—were destroyed or badly damaged. How come the Air Force didn’t fly those F-22s out of harm’s way? Because the Raptor is a “hanger queen”— loves the machine shop. Less than 50 percent of the F-22 fleet is functional at any given moment. The planes couldn’t fly, so they got trashed at a cost to taxpayers of around $5 billion.

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  47. Lutherangrants/org just sent me over $56,000 from their grant schemes .I am so happy i met them.

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  48. Lutherangrants/org just got me a grant of $56,000 for my business funding .I am indeed thankful to them .

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  49. TULSI GABBARD
    But the ONLY candidate who has a PLATFORM of Policies, Legislation and social programs to END US WARS OF AGGRESSION. TO STOP FUNDING AL QAEDA AND TERRORISTS and to reinvest the wasted $TRILLIONS into domestic policies and infrastructure.

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  50. WOW. And they still scam our money with digital retirement villas? Don't we all feel special.

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  51. Lol all the allies are buying them so I don’t know what you saying and canadians are gonna buy them and we are smarter then you Americans

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  52. The U.S. should reduce it's military budget by 500 billion and just threaten everybody with nukes like small-penised Vladimir Putin does.

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  53. It is 10X the Quoted price Lockheed proposed to the Military AND it will NEVER meet the specifications…
    But Congress will NEVER cancel it – the ones on the "Defense Appropriation" team each get $ 650K in "donations" annually from the Defense' Contractors"

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