You know the Military Industrial Complex has spun out of control when the founder of Blackwater has a change of heart. I’m not letting this guy off the hook, he should have been saying this stuff in 2006, but I am pleased that he is at least saying something now.
“What the ____ is this?”
I agree with him. If the Tea Party is truly, honest to goodness, for small government it should be for reducing the size of our military as well as for reducing domestic spending. I know for a fact that some people within what is called the Tea Party are all for cutting the size of the military, but still too few.
For lots of lots and lots of money Tom Ridge and Ridge Global will keep you safe. Just keep the checks from the taxpayers coming – and fast.
Washington is the land of lobbyists. Every interest it seems is out to game the system for its benefit. The defense contractors, which rely on taxpayer dollars for nearly their entire existence do a lot of it.
Given that these companies are basically supported by the taxpayer they are supposed to be subject to special lobbying disclosure reporting. Politico reports however that despite these disclosure laws, the regulations appear to be widely ignored.
The current NSA scandal has deep roots. They go back even further than the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, but it was then that we entered a new era. That is when fear descended .We took leave of our senses. America changed.
Of course they are hostile. Many establishment “leaders” have long Oked the NSA spying program. They know potentially that the public outrage associated with the scandal could affect them and their election prospects.
Both scandals are examples of a government which is much too large. But the neocons fear (as they always have) that Americans will come to understand that “big government” includes much of the military and pretty much all of the burgeoning surveillance state. The neoconservatives, who believe in an activist “big government” so long as it is their kind of big government, who have their roots in Toskyite political theory, who have cheered Mr. Obama’s actions in the Middle East, are afraid that Americans might just put 2 and 2 together. Wasting money on wars which result in dead working class kids, while defense contractors pad their profits isn’t very “conservative.” In fact it’s pretty awful.
It looks like the defense industry is having a pretty good sequester. Most of the big companies are beating the stock market average since the sequester began.
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.