Ralph Nader: Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

Best guess, I guess.

It so big it’s hard to comprehend. Which is by design of course.

In many ways these days Ralph Nader, yes that Ralph Nader, seems more concerned with curtailing runaway spending than many avowed “conservatives.”

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Pentagon unable to explain how $800 million program in Afghanistan failed

Nobody knows where all the money went. The guy running the program said he just approved projects without having any idea how much they were going to cost.

Nothing like having a pile of taxpayer money to play with I say. No need to be exact. Hell, no need to even be remotely competent apparently. Just write those checks and dump them into that giant hole in the Kandahar Desert.

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US Taxpayers Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers

The original headline for the attached article is, The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers. 

Anyone who reads us knows that we have no love for the Bush Administration which as far as we are concerned was just the first half of the BOBAMA era aka OBOMBYA era. But the attached story does not indicate that ONLY the Bush administration allocated billions for phantom Iraqi soldiers.

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Time to reduce economic dependence on Pentagon spending

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Indeed, it’s long past time.

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Lobbyists Cheer Boehner and Ryan for Expanding Government in Deal

There is a clear line which has been drawn in the dirt of Washington DC. On one side there are the lobbyists, the #oldmedia, and the establishment political machines. On the other side are the people calling for a truly smaller government.

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The top 100 government contractors in the USA for 2012 (Infographic)

Source: WashingtonTechnology.com

This is the nexus. This is where the state and the military industrial complex, the surveillance industrial complex, and the welfare industrial complex all come together.

Big bucks.

Click here for the other 90.

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The Pentagon is spending taxpayer dollars on what?

One of the biggest failings of conservatives over the years, and especially since the end of the Cold War, has been the failure to understand that the military is big government too. It is full of waste, and much larger than it should be.

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Tallying up the U.S. waste in Afghanistan reconstruction

Americans have paid for projects all over Afghanistan in both money and blood, which are now being left to rot. There is an archipelago of these projects in the dusty land.

It’s probably safe to say that Afghanistan is not the best place in the world to get value for one’s taxpayer dollar.

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Washington DC is Awash in Money, Welcome to Your Shining Crony Capitalist Capital City

Washington DC is indeed booming. Over the past 5 years billions and billions of tax dollars have been poured into the local economy. Contractors of all sorts fill the mirrored buildings surrounding DC. The roads are choked with commuters, many of whom are new transplants from the less prosperous regions of the country. The wealth of a nation has been aggregated in and around the Beltway. Money is here and millions are being “made.” (Really, being redistributed.)

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Use These Words in Social Media and You May be Flagged by Authorities

This is not surprising. I think most relatively social media savvy people have just assumed that using some words and phrases would put one on the government’s radar. It seems a natural progression. As we live more and more of our lives online it is natural that the law “enforcers” would follow humanity into cyberspace.

Last summer the riots in England, reportedly spread via social media (not really Twitter or Facebook at least originally, but a proprietary program of Blackberry’s) put the powers that be on high alert.

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