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|Subject: Defense-Cut Hypocrisy||Date: 2/20/2013 9:32 PM|
|Author: tjscott0||Number: 47985 of 101886|
He’s an anti-tax Republican representative from Ohio. She’s an anti-war Democratic senator from Washington state. Jim Jordan and Patty Murray have little in common, save this: Protecting multibillion-dollar defense projects in their states from budget cuts.
The Pentagon’s largess is so sprawling that, through military bases and contracts, it touches all 535 members of Congress -- money that translates into jobs and revenue for companies that are major campaign donors.
Members of Congress are de facto lobbyists for defense companies, inviting colleagues to tour plants and organizing letters to pressure the Pentagon.
Still, across-the-board defense cuts may be more palatable than attacking individual military programs because “the constituency for each factory and workforce is deeply embedded in the Congress,” Adams said.
In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
The best congress money can buy.
It is the same in regard to ag subsidies when farm state congresspersons cry about saving the family farmer, when most production & land ownership is by large corporation farm concerns.
Or base closures. Cannon AFB has been on the chopping block twice. Just after WW II & 2006. Both times New Mexican legislators have staved off closure.
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