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05 August 2011

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Mark Logan

@John and GZC,

I see the explosion in healthcare costs cropping up once again in that awful Pentagon piece. It's destroying Medicare as well. Our small business hiring, our big business international competitiveness... Keeps cropping up again and again, and we could cut that in half by adopting any of the systems now in use by about a dozen industrialized countries.

I would append that publication, and Fareeds, with this:

http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Rotten-Strategies-Reliability-Management/product-reviews/0804759960

Stanley E. Henning

Yes, I thought Zakaria was OK discussing certain policy issues, but this is shocking. He should stay away from yapping about human affairs if he knows what is good for him.

William R. Cumming

It would be of interest to know what top ten decisions these two facile commentators think they have made impacting the lives and fortunes of others? Talk is cheap!

Jane

Bait and switch.

Welcome to Wisconsin.

Same methodology -- citizens are induced to take job less well remunerated partly on the grounds it provides safety and security due to pensions and health care. Once they have served, 're-open' the contract.

The greater wrong is being done to the military since they put their lives and sanity on line for our country, but the process is the same.

J

GZC, Colonel,

Here are those who comprise the Defense 'Business Board'.

Examine their bios in detail. Most of them look well to do, here's the list for your purview:

http://dbb.defense.gov/members.shtml
The Members

The Board Members:

John B. Goodman, Chairman
Mark H. Ronald, Vice Chairman
Fernando A. Amandi
Owsley Brown II
Pierre Chao
Bonnie R. Cohen
Patrick Gross
Mel M. Immergut
David H. Langstaff
Lon Levin
Philip A. Odeen
Arnold L. Punaro
Richard V. Spencer
Robert L. Stein
Robert I. Toll
Atul Vashistha
Kevin E. Walker
Joseph R. Wright
Jack C. Zoeller
John Hamre, Chairman, Defense Policy
Board (Ex Officio) *
Paul Kaminski, Chairman, Defense
Science Board (Ex Officio) *


The Board's Observers, Senior Fellows, and Consultants:
Observers

Jeff Zients, Deputy Director, OMB *
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO*

The Senior Fellows

Neil F. Albert
Barbara Barrett
Denis A. Bovin
Frederic W. Cook
Madelyn Pulver Jennings
James V. Kimsey
William R. Phillips
Dov S. Zakheim

The dbb consultants

Michael Carns
Vernon Clark
John O'Connor
Leigh Warner


Fred

Pat,

The story of Chief Joseph and his people are a tragedy, however I believe "I have not yet begun to fight!" is more appropriate at this time - especially as we are fighting royalty - 'economic royalists' I believe is what FDR called them.

VietnamVet

Colonel,

If you start putting the dots together, military pay and pensions are where the money is. The wealthy are not going to take a haircut on their bad debt so to keep solvent they are going after Social Security and any dedicated source of funds to raid.

Netflix finally shipped me the “Inside Job” DVD. It is a good summary of the 2008 Crash. The financial system and both political parties are in bed together. America is now corrupt to its core. Not one person who caused the current financial catastrophe has been indicted.

The Debt Crisis was all theatre and propaganda. The S & P Downgrade of Americans Credit Rating to AA+ is BS. They made a 2 Trillion Dollar Error in their calculations. Deregulation and their AAA ratings of Credit Default Swaps are the direct cause of the Crash.

So why is there all the theater and fear mongering? It is Shock Capitalism:
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/175641-shock-doctrine-and-the-debt-limit

Tyler

Byron,

Is the media going to feed the children of the soldier class?

Is it going to clothe them? Take care of their ills?

The omnipotence of the media is, IMHO, greatly overrated by those who seem to be happy to shrug their shoulders and do nothing.

When the bullets do start flying, I believe it will be the talking heads who will be the first ones against the wall.

steve

Zakaria is a smarmy little azz cut from the same elite cloth as those who will never depend on a pension, or SS or medicare to see them through.

@tyler

As a southerner born and bred but now an Iowa resident, let me say that much the same holds true of rural Midwesterners.

Rural Iowans are as expendable as rural Georgians to the elite.

bth

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/07/military-dod-panel-calls-for-radical-retirement-overhaul-072511/

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