by Joe Scarry
Tonight’s GOP debate is entitled “Your money, your vote.”
It should be called “Your money, their DoD” (as in “Department of Defense”).
(Of course, you won’t hear a peep from any of the contenders about military spending.)
The number one reason the Republican Party has become RINO (“Republican in name only”) is that, for all their caterwauling about spending, they wouldn’t dream of challenging the military industrial complex.
And the rest of us sit back and watch this show, with nary a thought in our brains . . . .
|Why aren’t we talking about cutting defense spending?
(This graph is from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
Another good source is One Minute for Peace.)
Right now we’re “stuck” — the portion of the public that wants to cut military spending has hovered in the high 20%s since 2004; it just can’t seem to break the 30% barrier. (The percentage of people in favor of expansion is about the same.)
There’s no question that for the next 18 months, we members of the general public will be deluged with media about the 2016 presidential election. Maddeningly, 99 and 44/100% of that media will make no mention of the need to end U.S. wars, occupations, imperialism, and militarism.
It’s important to recognize that Goldman, Bloomberg, and the CME — and ALL of the entities and individuals that profit from the “vol” — can live with more or less taxation, or more or less regulation, or more or less business-friendly legislation. The one thing they can’t live with? Peace . . . .