The Department of Defense has been given a free ride pretty much since World War II. The Military Industrial Complex which President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address (former 5 star general Eisenhower) is very real and it has grown and grown taking up ever more of the American economy. The contractors and the services are awash in taxpayer money. Your money. And much of this money isn’t being used wisely. It is going to hyper expensive parts procurement (see above), and for programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and jets which catch fire on the flight line (The F-35) and Lord knows what else.
I don’t agree with McCain on much but he’s probably dead on here. The Senator even references Eisenhower’s warning to America of the Military Industrial Complex. I include a part of the warning below. Every American should hear it at least once.
Well I guess the $1 trillion omnibus bill was the last gasp for this Military Industrial Complex advocate.
It’s a rhetorical question of course. We know the answer. Just look at the vote in the House 2 days ago. The taxpayer doesn’t have anything on the contractors.
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.