Comment: Yeah. My country did not sign

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Yeah. My country did not sign

Yeah. My country did not sign up for the Joint Strike Fighter program because we need those planes, but because they come with fat contracts to perform maintenance for instance. It creates a lot of jobs, and we all like shiny new gadgets. At least over here politicians and the media are somewhat honest about that fact.

When you force all the good industry jobs overseas, all you're left with eventually is defense contracting. And screw the money just try to imagine the brain drain with most of the best engineers and the brightest scientists working on weapons most of the time.

And don't get me wrong. I'm not a hippie. A healthy defense industry is important for any big economy. It can be a huge driver for science and other industries, when new ideas and technology can trickle down, like what happened with the internet. But when there's no industry to speak off and the education system is so gutted it doesn't provide adequate scientists you're not benefiting anyone. Then it becomes very unhealthy and a drain on the economy. You have these big companies soaking up big contracts from big government and the only natural thing for it to do is to expand and soak up more resources and labor to get bigger contracts. And if the government can't provide you bigger contracts, you push for a bigger government that can. And as long as you keep providing jobs to people the government will love you for it, because that's all they care about. It doesn't matter that those jobs don't contribute much to civic society. They're not adding much value. A missile has a price, but no real value apart from money spent on materials and labor and that probably is just a fraction of the price paid. The rest is pure profit to be divided between the government and contractor. That system becomes like an ever expanding sponge.