Originally Posted by Void
scale and repercussions.... you're missing them.
you don't like profiteering off of destruction... we get it, right there with you...
but you don't build an assembly lines, do R&D testing, and hire gobs of workers to only to make a 2, 1, or no end items.... and that's what those penalties represent.... security to make up those costs over time. it doubly worse if you've already made the products, since they cannot be sold to anyone else.
I get this too, and generally agree, but they make more than enough profit to cover their losses from non-payment of these fees and penalties. Much of that money made by selling us a lot of crap we don't really need, other than them producing and selling us the "need" for it themselves. (and/or to fight on behalf of foreign entities, as they're agitating against Iran and Syria now, neither of whom are any threat to the US, any more than Iraq was.) It's a racket, as such they're not entitled to our money and we shouldn't be made to be obligated to give it to them. They should be thankful for what they've already gotten. America can't afford to keep their gravy train going anymore. It's been running too many decades as it is.