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.
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.
“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.
Just because a senator gets a bunch of contributions from the defense industry does not mean necessarily that there is a quid pro quo, or even anything close. Many senators are naturally inclined toward a big military and so it just makes sense that defense contractors throw money their way. (It “makes sense” anyway, given our current system.) However, there is a pretty strong correlation between voting for bombing Syria and defense contributions as Wired explains.
Our foreign aid programs are big time vehicles for crony capitalism.
Put aside the hyperbole in bold type in this video. Put aside the dramatic music. What it offers is a pretty accurate account of how the media handled Ron Paul in the 2012 election. It was nasty, it was probably coordinated, and the media effectively thwarted a campaign which threatened to derail the Romney campaign and I think it is fair to say ultimately the Obama campaign.
It’s a question I have asked since I was a small boy. John Stossel asks it in the attached piece.
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.