You may have heard of corporate welfare and subsidies from the federal government paid to millionaire farmers not to grow food. I’m sure you’ve heard of the GOP’s drive to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits—entitlements that were earned and paid for by US workers and employers.
But how much have you heard about the welfare—fraud might be a better word—to industries that build weapons for the US Military?
“Because of its persistent inability to tally its accounts, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year.” Source: Yahoo.com
And a special report from Reuters.com says, “The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste. … In its investigation, Reuters has found that the Pentagon is largely incapable of keeping track of its vast stores of weapons, ammunition and other supplies; thus it continues to spend money on new supplies it doesn’t need and on storing others long out of date. It has amassed a backlog of more than half a trillion dollars in unaudited contracts with outside vendors; how much of that money paid for actual goods and services delivered isn’t known.”
Then there is this from The Wire.com: “Accounting Fraud and Waste Is Standard Procedure at the Pentagon”.
Examples of Waste in Defense Budget
And when Republicans want to cut budgets, where do they want to slash and burn? Business Insider reports on a list of “20 [so-called] Huge Spending Cuts Republicans Want to Make Right Now”.
1. Eliminate the Presidential Campaign Fund that was intended to make elections more honest
2. Eliminate funding for administrative costs of Obamacare
3. Repeal the David-Bacon Act that required federal government construction contracts include provisions for paying workers prevailing wages and benefits.
4. Eliminate funding for National and Community Service Act programs like AmeriCoprs, Senior Corps and Serve America
5. Prohibit union activities by federal employees
6. Eliminate education programs for children like Head Start, career and technical education programs, etc.
To discover the rest of the twenty budget cuts the GOP wants to make, visit Business Insider @ Business Insider.com, and if you do, see if anything on that list cuts Pentagon waste/fraud; corporate welfare or farm subsidies?
In conclusion from Truth-Out.org: “Most Americans don’t know that ‘long-term reforms’ to ‘entitlement spending’ specifically means cuts to Social Security and Medicare.” And that Reuters, Truth-out.org says [a foreign news service based in London] is the only outlet carrying this news.
Complicity is a doctrine that operates to hold persons criminally responsible for the acts of others.
“An individual is complicit in a crime if he/she is aware of its occurrence and has the ability to report the crime, but fails to do so. As such, the individual effectively allows criminals to carry out a crime despite possibly being able to stop them, either directly or by contacting the authorities, thus making the individual a de facto accessory to the crime rather than an innocent bystander.”
But what happens when an individual who is complicit in a crime is a member of Congress? Are elected representatives in Congress exempt from the law?
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran.
His latest novel is the award winning suspense-thriller Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was fighting for the other side.
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All this stuff is really depressing me. I need some GOOD news.
Some good news is that a lot of young Americans who are not wealthy and do not own businesses wear a uniform regardless of what their elected government is doing: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, who are putting their lives on the line to protect all Americans—not just the corrupt and wealthy. Most of these young men and women are good, honest people who were raised with a sense of moral values. Most are patriots and they are not all far right or far left in their political beliefs. In fact, I suspect that most are probably moderately conservative as I am.
There are 316 million Americans and 1,429,995 wear those uniforms. That means 0.45% of the US population is willing to risk their lives to protect the rest of us.
We also have a veteran population, men and women who once wore a uniform to defend this country against its enemies and many of these men and women who were trained to defend America I’m sure would be willing to take up arms to defend their country again. I know I would against enemies domestic and/or foreign. It doesn’t matter why we have those enemies or what caused them to become our enemies, what counts is these people all wore uniforms to defend our way of life and protect us against all enemies to the people of this country and the Constitution and Bill of Rights that was written to protect those people from corruption of any kind.
The VA has a map that will show you how many veterans live in each state and how many of those veterans fought in each war. When I hovered the little white hand over California, I discovered that there are 1.84 million Californians who once wore a uniform to defend this country. 1.39 million fought in one or more of America’s foreign wars.
War, of course is not good news but the good news is the fact that so many Americans are willing to risk all to protect the rest of the Americans who will never wear one of those uniforms.
I think this is good news because the world is a dangerous place and it always has been. Right now as I write this comment and look out the window of my home office, I see a beautiful light blue, clean sky with drifting grey tinged clouds, and I’m not starving. In fact, I’ve never really known hunger unless I’m fasting and that was by choice. If we are not living in a war torn country; living in extreme poverty suffering from starvation or malnutrition; if we can read and understand what is going on so we can vote and speak out accordingly without fear of some authoritarian police locking us up to shut us up then we are truly blessed.
I think it is a blessing that I could write this post, publish it and no one came to drag me away and throw me in a prison cell for years.