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How can America pay for healthcare reform? The nation's greatest minds are stumped.

2008 military budgets:

USA $711 billion
China $122 billion
Russia $ 70 billion

-- World Military Spending By Anup Shah; Saturday, March 01, 2008

Just call it the USS George W. Bush. They only had to spend $5 billion plus to figure out it was a warship which couldn't fight in wars. Not even wars of near 70 years ago (WWII).

"...the world's most expensive surface warship can't properly defend itself or other ships from an extremely widespread threat."

"the Navy has been delivering a lunchbag of bullshit to Congress regarding surface combatants for three years."

-- Stealth Destroyer is Largely Defenseless, Admiral Says By David Axe August 4, 2008

Most expensive US fighter jet ever built can outfly anything else in the sky-- so long as it doesn't have to do it for longer than two hours (after that it suffers critical system failures).

Pentagon tests: F-22 has maintenance shortcomings Lockheed says fighters built in Marietta meet or exceed requirements By R. JEFFREY SMITH The Washington Post; July 10, 2009

'America's Outrageous War Economy!' Pentagon can't find $2.3 trillion, wasting trillions on 'national defense' by Paul B. Farrell; Aug 18, 2008

25%+ of all Pentagon money is unaccounted for

The real pork: Americans may not be inclined to let our defense budget continue to skyrocket if they were aware of waste. BY Ross Anderson; 02/15/2009

US Gear Ending up in Pakistan Markets February 13, 2009 GlobalPost.com|by Shahan Mufti

"The American military has not properly tracked tens of thousands of weapons the Pentagon bought and shipped to Afghan security forces, leaving the arms at risk of being stolen or sold to militants..."

-- U.S. Military Faulted on Weapons Tracking By ERIC SCHMITT; February 11, 2009

Defense's Death Spiral: The Increasing Irrelevance of More Spending John Hillen July/August 1999

How The Pentagon Bankrupts America 25 Nov 2008

"The United States is projected to spend more on defense in FY 2009 than the next 45 highest spending countries combined, yet a push by conservatives and the military, backed by arms companies, is trying to lock the defense budget at 4% of GDP."

-- You And What 44 Other Armies? By Cernig Friday Nov 21, 2008

Pull the Plug on the War State

Pentagon Wants $450 Billion Increase Over Next Five Years

Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style Luxury Pods for Air Force Debated

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, and We Simply Never Talk About It

Military Industrial Complex: Even Worse than We Thought

The Military-Industrial Complex: It's Much Later Than You Think

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