By the US govt.? Try by the rest of the world. Just because the peaceniks in Europe march in the streets doesn't mean that their governments actually give a damn about what they are marching about. The world wants us on that wall. The world NEEDS us on that wall. We are Team America: World Police because dammit, we're the only ones who can do the job. Of course there is waste, but you can forget about the US hanging up its badge and turning in its weapons. Carriers are needed because they are. Just because you have a philosophical problem with that doesn't change anything. The world is still a dangerous place and would be even more dangerous if we weren't walking the beat.
Is that supposed to be funny? Like in http://www.teamamerica.com/ I Hope it is...
You think that's bad? In Austin, TX it's illegal to carry wire cutters in your pocket.
But guns are fine, right? Even in a bar unless they have a sign saying otherwise?
He asks students to imagine if mainframe vendors had asked government to prop them up in the same way that General Motors recently was.
Perhaps there would have been more supercomputers? Or the internet would have arrived sooner and networking would be more advanced? None of us know what would have happened. Assuming it would have been worse is just speculation.
Given the history of such enterprises, learned speculation would tell it'd have to be worse... You are saying that since they didn't have a chance to screw that up, magically it would turn out to be their only success...
There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923