Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:50:08 PM
We don't "use" trains as a "major" form of travel here in the states. Were we to build one it might not even be cost effective to build because people in America who are gung ho about travel that is cost effective and easier on the environment are more likely to look into options that help them maintain their independence, such as motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, smart cars, electric cars, etc. I think it is also a sign that despite the schitty looking trains, our economy is still "good" enough that we do not "have to" rely so much on public transportation. It may be no longer valid, but i`d heard the cost for fuel in many places in Europe makes Americans look like whiny little bitches in comparison because we have it decent still. So are the trains we use a sign of our "failure"? NO. We use them "mostly" for CARGO. We generally have our own GOD DAMN CARS still. I am not a crazy patriot but i have eyes and a brain.
Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:15:03 AM
I do realize defense is only a portion of our overall budget. That does not change the fact that its funding is drastically bloated for our needs. The US comprises roughly 5% of the total world population, but roughly 50% of the total world military budget. And in case you haven't noticed, we`re bordered by nothing but oceans and allies.
In short, our military budget is not aimed at protecting the American people, which could be done for a far more reasonable price. As it stands, we spend as much on our military as the entire rest of the world combined, yet somehow can`t even afford to give our soldiers the best equipment available.
I would never suggest cutting all funding to the military. Nevertheless, it is currently a money pit that soaks up massive amounts of cash for little actual gain. Reasonable cuts to the military budget are not only possible, but pretty much required by any rational standard.