The Other Red Army

I’ve argued before that the U.S. military is the closest thing to communism in America.  It’s not a perfect analogy by any means, but I don’t know what comes closer, aside from the actual American Communist Party.

Think about it: our active-duty military is composed of one and a half million people living in closed communities where the means of production are bought and paid for by the government using the people’s taxed income; where everybody dresses the same, wears the same haircut, uses the same socialized medicine,  marches in lockstep, and in general promotes conformity; where people live to serve their nation; where every adult man and woman swears loyalty to the state (but above all to the President); and where people are trying relatively hard to become more environmentally sustainable.

Well today I found two more way the U.S. military is the closest thing to American communism (emphasis added):

CBO Projects That DoD’s Future Defense Plans Will Cost More Than DoD Estimates:  In most years, the Department of Defense (DoD) provides to the Congress a five-year plan, called the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), along with its budget request for the coming year…  [The] CBO projects that DoD’s plans will cost $123 billion… more to execute through 2017 than DoD estimates.  CBO also projects that the cost of DoD’s plans will exceed the limits established in the Budget Control Act.