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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Quetzalcoatl14
The so called "missing" money is missing because the Pentagon still uses multiple accounting programs depending on service and program. They don't all communicate with the main accounting system at the Pentagon.
The money is listed in the budget, which lists all the money they get for the year. Then it goes out to the programs where it's manually input as the amount they have for the year. Then when they do their end of year accounting the books end up a huge mess that takes years to get straightened out, and meanwhile the next year is getting screwed up while they're straightening out the previous years.
It's not being used for black projects, or going off planet, etc. It's all there, it just takes years for an audit to get out straightened out.
Think carefully... currency on this planet is largely raised on debt. Its hard enough to see where the value in possessing it lay for the residents of this planet.
originally posted by: toysforadults
Well, seems to me like this is the most plausible answer. I mean really there is no real plausible way to lose nearly 10 trillion dollars it really makes no sense. I mean what could we do with 10 trillion dollars?
1. Build every person in the world a house on a farm sized plot of land
2. Connect everyone of those houses to the internet, municiple waste facilities and clean water
3. Free energy
4. Buy every person on the planet a cheap Toyota
5. Provide every single person in the world access to free higher education
6. Free healthcare
We do not, and never have had, the capacity to launch full colonisation missions
instead of discussing reality
It was not an FTL drive, nor was it a system which eliminates inertia, nor was it a system which reduces the fuel capacity requirement of the craft, or indeed anything else which is even NEXT DOOR to relevant to actual space travel, or the lifting capacity of a spacecraft, or anything remotely to do with it