Re: China thinks the US can't afford the B-21.

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Message posted by Griffon_314 (Member since 01/10/2006) on May 03, 2023 at 12:29:35 PST:

> So, apparently, the PLA and the CCP think that the U.S. will not be able to afford enough B-21s to make a difference

The US government spends $3 trillion a year. Fully one third of that amount is borrowed money. More than $300 million of that $3 trillion is just to pay the interest on what it has already borrowed.

Let that sink in.

If you believe that the US will be able to continue to borrow unlimited amounts of money, then no problem - government deficits can continue to grow, and the acquisition of the B-21 is unlikely to be hampered by its cost.

If, on the other hand, you believe that it is going to become difficult for the US government to find buyers for its treasuries and bonds, then US deficit spending is going to run into a brick wall. In that scenario, drastic spending constraints will impact virtually every aspect of government: social security, medical care, income security, and yes, national defense.

Capital programs like the B-21 will be impacted much more severely than operational expenses in that scenario. So to me, the idea that US will not be able to afford to purchase the B-21 in meaningful quantities, is certainly plausible.

In Reply to: China thinks the US can't afford the B-21. posted by Rob on May 02, 2023 at 7:25:34 PST:


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