Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Not Slowing Down Warmongers

From Washington's Blog:

The government shutdown isn’t slowing down the warmongers.  For example:
  • The Department of Defense awarded 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than $5 billion dollars the day right before the government shutdown
As Ron Paul notes, military spending will increase 18% even after the sequestration “cuts”:
Reducing spending on militarism would not only help balance the budget, but would enhance our security.Yet both the House and the Senate continuing resolutions not only fail to reduce military spending, they actually authorize $20 billion more in military spending than authorized by the “sequestration” created by the 2011 Budget Control Act.  Most of the supposedly “draconian” sequestration cuts are not even cuts; instead, they are “reductions in the planed rate of spending.” This is where Congress increases spending but by less than originally planned—and yet they claim to cut spending.
Under sequestration, military spending increases by 18 percent instead of by 20 percent over the next ten years. Yet some so-called conservatives are so opposed to these phony cuts in military spending that they would support increased taxes and increased welfare “military” spending. This “grand bargain” would benefit the DC political class and the special interests, but it would be a disaster for the American people.
Of course, we wouldn’t be in this crisis of hitting the debt ceiling in the first place if we hadn’t spent so much money on unnecessary wars … which are horrible for the economy.
And as John Whitehead writes:
The one area not impacted in the least by a government shutdown will be the police/surveillance state and its various militarized agencies, spying programs and personnel. Take a look at the programs and policies that will not be affected by a government shutdown, and you’ll get a clearer sense of the government’s priorities — priorities which have … little to do with serving taxpayers and everything to do with maintaining power and control, while being sold to the public under the guise of national security.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

The Corporate-State will continue to wage war -- and expansion -- regardless of this potentially deliberate and masterfully orchestrated disagreement. Closure or not, the Empire isn't going to be controlled by faux squabbling over a piece of legislation that's going to benefit their already bloated healthcare oligopoly, anyway.

Is this merely a preconceived backdoor scheme, by the corporatist party devotees, to finally gut all of the social programs they've wanted to dismantle for a long time? If it lasts long enough -- and it doesn't have to be too many weeks -- Medicare will stop; Social Security checks will not be mailed.

Could this be a manufactured stalemate, designed to continue their strategy of divide and conquer? Was this particular tactic chosen to implement their ultimate weapon of mass deconstruction?

Whether real or contrived, the war-machine will not be affected. It can't be. It's an integral component of their goal of world domination.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Agreed!

12:03 PM  

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