Friday, August 26,
The Boston Globe had a blaring headline on
August 15: 'Doomsday' defense cuts directly affect panel members - Large
military contractors are in their states.
Put your ear to the
railroad tracks and you can hear the train coming. Now that the new 12-member
Congressional "Super Committee" has essentially been given the power of God (and
the Devil) the military industrial complex, and their appendage called the
corporate media, are swinging into action. Their message? We can't cut Pentagon
spending because it will hurt an already tight job market.....and we need these
troops to keep knocking countries off the "Non-Integrating Gap" list (those
countries that refuse to play ball with corporate globalization).
article begins, "The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where
the biggest military contractors - Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp.,
Raytheon Co., and Boeing Co. - build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters, and tanks
while employing tens of thousands of workers."
It's really quite a
convenient "coincidence" that the appointed members of the Super Committee just
happen to have the "biggest military contractors" in their states. Gee, I wonder
when it comes down to more cuts in social spending OR cuts in Pentagon funding,
which way will they go?
The Globe goes on to say, "Sen. John
Kerry of Massachusetts, one of the Democratic members of the deficit-reduction
committee, represents a state that was fifth in the nation with $8.37 billion in
defense contracts this year, behind Virginia, California, Texas, and
Connecticut, according to data on the federal government's website www.USAspending.gov ..... In Tewksbury
and Andover, deep defense cuts could have serious ramifications for thousands of
Raytheon employees working on the Patriot, the air and missile defense system."
In fact the former head of Raytheon, William J. Lynn III, was brought
into the Obama administration to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense. On June 8
he was quoted in the right-wing Washington Times newspaper saying, "The
wars of the future will be longer, deadlier and waged against a more diverse
variety of enemies than ever before."
The message is clear - prepare for
endless war and don't cut the military budget. Not surprising, right on cue, the
Globe also quotes former "liberal" Democrat, and now Obama's Secretary of
Defense, Leon Panetta calling the possibility of Pentagon cuts the "doomsday
On August 14 I wrote on this blog about the aerospace
corporation contributions to key members of the Super Committee. I think it is
worth repeating that important information. There can be no doubt that the
appointment of these severely compromised politicians, and the steady drumbeat
about "Doomsday" Pentagon cuts in the corporate media, are part of a larger plan
to destroy social progress in America and to continue the massive military
buildup and endless war. It's crucial that people also clearly recognize the
"bi-partisan" nature of this magic show.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of
Washington (the senator from Boeing) and Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas
will co-chair the committee.
The military industrial complex already has
a head start on lobbying these "folks". Since 2007, the twelve chosen for the
committee have taken roughly $1 million in war industry contributions to their
PACs and campaign committees. Hereâ€™s how much theyâ€™ve been given, according
to http://www.opensecrets.org :
Patty Murray (D-Wash.): $276,200
Max Baucus (D-Mont.): $139,100
Dave Camp (R-Mich.): $130,800
John Kerry (D-Mass.): $73,500
Portman (R-Ohio): $68,700
Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $36,500
Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas): $29,000
Pat Toomey (R-Pa.):
Welcome to the much acclaimed "democratic process" of decision
making in the US of A.
Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear
Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of
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