Phatscotty wrote:Wait, so if you don't get a tank right now, nobody can ever get tank ever again in the future?
For starters, Some private citizens do own tanks now. I would speculate further, say, we were in a civil war, it would be very possible that defectors could steal them, rebel fighters could steal them, maybe a train with a load of tanks would be highjacked/engineer bribed? Insurgents can take them off defeated units, mechanics can fix old ones, perhaps an enemy of the peoples enemy would supply them....that's just off the top of my head. But like I said, we fundamentally disagree at the very beginning of the argument, so I don't really see any reason to go over a bunch of smaller details, and certainly not the fantastical tank discussion.
I do agree with one thing you said though, that tanks won't magically appear out of thin air.
I was hoping you would say that.
So why then do you need people to have guns now? Why not keep people safe through gun control? If they can steal tanks, they can steal guns too.
Phatscotty wrote:Can you post the link to your pie charts please? From the "national priority project" I would like to have a closer look.
Google is wonderful. But you can right click and find the link. They come from various different websites.
Night Strike wrote:Yes, I can. The people who put those into law are to blame for enshrining unaffordable programs into something that doesn't have to be approved annually. And the people who to this day refuse to reform those programs to even attempt affordability are also to blame. Just because something is considered "mandatory" spending doesn't mean it's suddenly exempt from being counted on the ledger. Try to tell any business that 50% of their spending doesn't have to be reported on the balance sheet and they will be laughing at you for the rest of the day.
Then you can blame every party and every president that has been in power for several decades equally. In true bipartisanship.
But realistically, when it is so damn difficult to make them agree on the discretionary part of the budget you think they're going to go further into it?