Austerity For Everyone, Except The Defense Industry

F35A PrototypeAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

While Congress and the President fight it out over the debt ceiling and all of America quietly shudders over whether our economy will completely default on itself, at least one industry still hums along without a care in the world.

Amidst a fiscal crisis of apparently apocalyptic proportions, where the GOP demands dollar for dollar spending cuts from the budget in order to raise our debt limit, the Pentagon asked Congress for $264 million to cover part of a $771 million overrun on the F-35 program. The Hill reports Republican Senator John McCain let the news slip via Twitter, saying “Congress notified that first F-35 jets have cost overruns of $771M. Outrageous! Pentagon asking for $264M down payment now. Disgraceful.”

Leaders of the program Lockheed Martin spat back on Twitter, contending “The F-35 team is focused on reducing costs of the jets and is showing significant improvement in key areas,” to which the ranking Senate Armed Services Committee member McCain said “taxpayers deserve better.”

Of course, the Defense Department and its pet contractors believe any kind of spending cuts, even on a program to build a plane that has no mission, would be catastrophic. Top defense trade organization Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President Marion Blakey argued in a letter to House Speaker John Boehnerunderstand the unique national security threats posed by skyrocketing debt, but we believe those threats will only be compounded if funding for the Department of Defense is cut precipitously during this critical stage of budget reduction negotiations.” Blakey went on to say “Any cuts to defense must be generated in a careful and thoughtful manner, guided by our military leaders.

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31 Responses to Austerity For Everyone, Except The Defense Industry

  1. Camitna July 19, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    did you know that Monsanto’s CEO of is also Lockheed Martin’s CEO and also a member of the CFR? Robert J Stevens. check it out http://www.theyrule.net

  2. Camitna July 19, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    did you know that Monsanto’s CEO of is also Lockheed Martin’s CEO and also a member of the CFR? Robert J Stevens. check it out http://www.theyrule.net

  3. Mr Willow July 19, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    And the American War Machine marches on. 

    I find it amusing they still use threats of reduced safety to coërce continued funding of their death factories.

    And Twitter fights. . . really?

    • Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 4:07 am #

      the funny thing about standing professional armies and intelligence agencies that have people like navy seals, delta force, snipers……once they exist it’s very hard to cut them back, they might decide to do to you what you’ve trained them to do to others.

      • Mr Willow July 19, 2011 at 5:50 am #

        The same could be said about all those “defense contractors” we hired.

        The whole thing makes me sick.

        • Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 6:11 am #

          yeah it’s a bad situation all around, these people know secrets and they have very dangerous skillsets, and on the manufacturing side they can slip info to rival nations, they hold a lot of leverage.

  4. Mr Willow July 19, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    And the American War Machine marches on. 

    I find it amusing they still use threats of reduced safety to coërce continued funding of their death factories.

    And Twitter fights. . . really?

  5. Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    the funny thing about standing professional armies and intelligence agencies that have people like navy seals, delta force, snipers……once they exist it’s very hard to cut them back, they might decide to do to you what you’ve trained them to do to others.

  6. Mr Willow July 19, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    The same could be said about all those “defense contractors” we hired.

    The whole thing makes me sick.

  7. Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    yeah it’s a bad situation all around, these people know secrets and they have very dangerous skillsets, and on the manufacturing side they can slip info to rival nations, they hold a lot of leverage.

  8. Nunzio X July 19, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I think it would be interesting to tell Lockheed, et al:

    We’re cutting your funding in half. And half of that will be non-”defense” related. (In other words, there goes the a bit of the bloat, and a lot of “defense” spending, in favor of infrastructure improvement.)

    When they start sputtering and stammering, tell them: “What, you can build missile guidance systems but you can’t build computer control systems for high-speed trains? You can’t build more efficient solar panels? You can’t build higher-capacity storage cells?”

    In other words, the new mandate is, you’re to use your expertise to improve QUALITY OF LIFE, not CERTAINTY OF INSTANT DEATH.

    • Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 7:13 am #

      then they say if you don’t want to buy someone will, we’ve given these corporations so much power in our government and political process it will take a supreme act of will to put them back in their place and I don’t know if any politician has the will or political capital to pull it off.

    • Guest July 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      thats assuming the govt has power which they dont

  9. Nunzio X July 19, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I think it would be interesting to tell Lockheed, et al:

    We’re cutting your funding in half. And half of that will be non-”defense” related. (In other words, there goes the a bit of the bloat, and a lot of “defense” spending, in favor of infrastructure improvement.)

    When they start sputtering and stammering, tell them: “What, you can build missile guidance systems but you can’t build computer control systems for high-speed trains? You can’t build more efficient solar panels? You can’t build higher-capacity storage cells?”

    In other words, the new mandate is, you’re to use your expertise to improve QUALITY OF LIFE, not CERTAINTY OF INSTANT DEATH.

  10. DeepCough July 19, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    “I see you Americans put your hand over heart when you recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Y’know the [Ancient] Romans did that, too, so be very careful.” ~Eddie Izzard

  11. DeepCough July 19, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    “I see you Americans put your hand over heart when you recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Y’know the [Ancient] Romans did that, too, so be very careful.” ~Eddie Izzard

  12. Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    then they say if you don’t want to buy someone will

  13. Hadrian999 July 19, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    then they say if you don’t want to buy someone will

  14. wizard July 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    well at least someone is having fun before it all ends 

  15. wizard July 19, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    well at least someone is having fun before it all ends 

  16. jasonpaulhayes July 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    We need Disclosure!

  17. jasonpaulhayes July 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    We need Disclosure!

  18. Yashendwirh July 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Not surprised. What is though; military supremacy is one of the key roles in fascism. Getting ever closer folks.

  19. Yashendwirh July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Not surprised. What is though; military supremacy is one of the key roles in fascism. Getting ever closer folks.

  20. Guest July 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    thats assuming the govt has power which they dont

  21. Bendover July 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    austerity for everyone EXCEPT:  EU/US Central Bankers, Oil Corporations, Weapons Manufacturing Corporations/Pentagon, CIA, AIPAC, & CFR (among others) -  you see, you need to be able to print money whenever you need some more (job security), military hardware to enforce compliance overseas, and to place foreign Nations and ‘Subjects’ in further debt, and rape those Nations of their resources, and you need oil, gas and diesel to keep that military hardware in operation – then, you just need to buy off politicians, media, and hire people willing to go kill other people for your cause:  1) Global Neo-feudalism, via debt, for Nations and Individuals, with profits to the Central Bankers, & 2) Global De-population.

  22. Bendover July 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    austerity for everyone EXCEPT:  EU/US Central Bankers, Oil Corporations, Weapons Manufacturing Corporations/Pentagon, CIA, AIPAC, & CFR (among others) -  you see, you need to be able to print money whenever you need some more (job security), military hardware to enforce compliance overseas, and to place foreign Nations and ‘Subjects’ in further debt, and rape those Nations of their resources, and you need oil, gas and diesel to keep that military hardware in operation – then, you just need to buy off politicians, media, and hire people willing to go kill other people for your cause:  1) Global Neo-feudalism, via debt, for Nations and Individuals, with profits to the Central Bankers, & 2) Global De-population.

  23. BenDover July 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    What went (seriously) wrong in America?  America’s Secret Government Revealed:

    Read:  Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:  The Secret War Against the American People, by Servando Gonzalez
    http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311190776&sr=8-1

  24. BenDover July 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    What went (seriously) wrong in America?  America’s Secret Government Revealed:

    Read:  Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:  The Secret War Against the American People, by Servando Gonzalez
    http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311190776&sr=8-1

  25. Anonymous October 24, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Defense is related to the security so no one can take risk in purchasing low quality equipments. however, spending cuts are essential for reducing the cost of purchasing.
    dod directive 5000.1

  26. Braxton_Knight October 24, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Defense is related to the security so no one can take risk in purchasing low quality equipments. however, spending cuts are essential for reducing the cost of purchasing.
    dod directive 5000.1

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