Sharpen the knives and get to it. It is WAY past time.
The Pentagon is filled to the gills with cronies and crony capitalism. And Republicans have encouraged this “waste and abuse” – this is the kind way of saying it, and it is on a massive scale – for too long. Do the right thing for once Congress. CUT SPENDING especially on the military civilian bureaucracy which is a taxpayer funded gravy train if there ever was one.
The Pentagon is an area that should see massive cuts. Historic cuts. I say this as a military brat and as one who has beloved family in the military. The military should be much smaller and much more efficient. As technology has ramped up there are large areas to cut. So cut them.
But you know what should be much smaller still? That massive post military career works program called The Military Industrial Complex. For some reason there is the assumption that after the military military people should work for defense contractors.
Spend. Spend. Spend.
That’s with a T.
The entire economy of the USA is estimated to be around 18 trillion annually.
Image from screengrab
I guess this is federal money that at least produced something. I guess that is …. good? Imagine these guys coming up over a ridge. Yikes. Even crazier, imagine this technology at 1/10th the scale. Double yikes.
Yet another way algorithms are impacting our lives.
Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.
“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.
No one in Washington really seems to care about reining in the size of government. (There is a tiny minority.) The Dems want welfare and corporate welfare. The Republicans want corporate welfare and “defense” spending. There is no real effort to save money for the taxpayers. And the thing is many supposed small government “conservatives” give “defense” a pass on spending. Much of the military is chock full of boondoggles. Anyone who has been around the military (and I am a Navy brat) knows this.
(From The Conservative Review)
Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.
And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.
We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.
According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,
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.”
But hey, what’s $458,000,000?
Think about that as you file your taxes.
As we have often noted, one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.