Everyone Loves the War Machine, Dems and the GOP Both Love Military Money

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The military industrial complex is expansive. It reaches into every state, every Congressional District, every town. The US military is massive and since World War II has been an excellent way to “spread the wealth”  especially for the GOP, which in theory is supposed to be for limited government spending.

But the Democrats love the money which flows to bases and contractors too. A base means jobs. A tank manufacturer means jobs. Close a base, end a weapons system, and so too do the jobs go away.

Military bacon tastes just as good as other types of Washington bacon, and perhaps even better because it has the cover of being for “defense.”

A great example is in my home town of Virginia Beach.

Long ago Virginia Beach was basically empty. A land of loblolly pines and swamp. A good place for an air station, because if a plane crashed it would likely crash into cypress and blackwater. At least that was the case 50 years ago when NAS Oceana was created.

Now, however, Virginia Beach is wall to wall suburbia, pretty much the last place one would want loads of military jets flying in and out of. Yet even after a jet crashed into an apartment complex in 2011, no one is talking about closing the place or moving operations to a better location. Why? Jobs. Taxpayer funded jobs. Military flavored bacon.

Now I grew up with the sound of F-14s screeching over my head and to this day the sound of a jet afterburner kicking in warms my heart a little. But the only reason Oceana exits smack dab in the middle of the largest city in Virginia is because of the taxpayer money which flows from it.

Is a base like Oceana needed on the east coast? Sure. In the middle of 700,000 people? Probably not. But trust me, it’s not going anywhere.

As the sequester looms, Bloomberg reports that congresspeople of every stripe are scrambling to ensure that their piece of the pie is not cut. Deficit or no deficit no one wants to give up THIER Pentagon bucks.

(From Bloomberg.com)

He’s an anti-tax Republican representative from Ohio. She’s an anti-war Democratic senator from Washington state. Jim Jordan and Patty Murray have little in common, save this: Protecting multibillion-dollar defense projects in their states from budget cuts.

Together, they embody why reducing the defense budget is difficult, even with wide agreement that the government spends too much. The Pentagon’s largess is so sprawling that, through military bases and contracts, it touches all 535 members of Congress — money that translates into jobs and revenue for companies that are major campaign donors.

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9 comments
Against Crony Capitalism
Against Crony Capitalism

Actually they are at Fort Story not Oceana which is in the north of town. When I was born I was brought home to Fort Story because my dad was Navy demolitions (EOD) and worked with the SEALS.

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty

@Against Crony Capitalism Virginia Beach is home to Seal Team 6 (DEVGRU). They're not getting rid of that base anytime soon.

Billie Wheeler
Billie Wheeler

I am tired of these long drawn out wars, if someone attacks us, go in and wipe the suckers out, THEN OWN THE COUNTRY.

Robert Circle
Robert Circle

Most importantly it allows those in power to become more powerful.

Becky Weller
Becky Weller

We are 237 years old...we have been engaged in war for 200 of those years! Republican...Democrat...makes no difference.....our government makes big money & reaps MANY befits from war!!! Don't kid yourself! & do the research!

Bobby Chan
Bobby Chan

Roy merrit, I'm not going say you are right or wrong. I'm going say Ronald Reagan had Dementia and was not fit to lead. GHW and BC and GWB and BHO plus majority of Democrats and Republicans spend like crazies. So what is your point about who spending more? They all spend and they all been lying and they are the problem.

Roy Merritt
Roy Merritt

Kevin I beg to differ with you. Ronald Reagan increased Government spending (mostly in Military) by 8.7% 1st term, 4.9% 2nd term, GHW Bush increased spending by 5.4%, Bill Clinton closed down some unnecessary military bases and increased Government spending by 3.2% 1st term, 3.9% 2nd term, GW Bush increased Government spending by 7.3% 1st term, 8.1% 2nd term and doubled the military budget over his 8 year terms. Obama has increased Government spending by just 1.4% his first term. So if you want to cut back on spending you have to a Democrat in the White house, Republicans are spend thrifts.

Kevin Hannaford
Kevin Hannaford

military spending is a necessary evil.. and because of the very secret nature of most of our military projects.. this is just something we'll have to live with.. this is why it's also incredibly important to vote for fiscally conservative congressmen as conservatives are significantly less likely to push the kind of unnecessary spending we have a tendency to come across..

Kris Kennedy
Kris Kennedy

Just ask Sen. Boxer husband - the recipient of military projects awards - All thanks to the senator -- two faced biyach!