posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 09:59 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
A close relative of mine served in the Navy Reserves, so I've always had some interest in the Navy. It really just blows my mind to see just how
poorly equipped the US Navy is when you look at the budgets involved. The budgets have always grown for as long as I've been alive. Yet the power of
every branch seems to do nothing but shrink, especially relative to other countries. The US spends what seven times the next closest competitor. For
every carrier they have deployed, they should have one or two backup copies at home. For what they are spending, they should have ten times the
equipment. They should have several times the reserve troops as well.
Yet I have the feeling that China would do very well in a war vs. the US, not that such an event could really happen with any victor due nuclear
weapons. After they were done blowing each other up, if China continued fighting I believe they would win simply because they have not had the time to
grow as dependent on technology as the US.
The US has several times more money, and they waste several times more as other countries. I'd guess the other countries are not spending their
defense budgets efficiently either, so I think its just a matter of being just that more more lazy with other people's money because they have that
much more of it.
One small example of what would help would be control over which Federal Departments are getting their tax money and for what purpose. The problem is
lack of accountability when it comes down to it, and that is one way to start with increasing that accountability.
Democracy is incredibly weak because the social contract is tattered and weak, as it always has been because of the nature of humans for corruption.
The real area of ignorance for people around the world is what social contracts are and how they can establish democracy.