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'Outrageous': With $700 Billion for Pentagon, Nearly Half of $1.3 Trillion Budget Headed for More War-Making


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'Outrageous': With $700 Billion for Pentagon, Nearly Half of $1.3 Trillion Budget Headed for More War-Making

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Alarmed anti-war advocates are alarmed and calling it "outrageous" that nearly half of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal rammed through the Senate in the early morning hours of Friday is heading directly to the Pentagon.


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The picture says it all–garbed up soldier, part human / part machine–armored vehicle–US Flag! Death is patriotic. To kill or be killed for the cause (which is exactly what?) is noble so goes the perpetual battle cry of the Calvinists killing for “Christ” at every turn. Indigenous peoples?–Kill them. Muslims?–Kill them. Underperforming victims of hyper-financialized capitalism?–Kill them. If they were among the elected, so goes the Calvinistic rubric, they would not be on The List.


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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (a lifelong Republican by the way)


#4

The stock market and banks can’t crash soon enough. Is the only way to stop this madness is to go broke?


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In BILLIONS of DOLLARS Jan 2017

LOCKHEED MARTIN $36.26 79% Industrials
BOEING $16.65 17% Industrials
GENERAL DYNAMICS $13.63 43% Industrials
RAYTHEON $13.11 56% Industrials
NORTHROP GRUMMAN $10.64 45% Industrials
MCKESSON $8.36 4% Health Care
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP $6.79 12% Industrials
L-3 COMMUNICATIONS $5.45 52% Industrials
BAE SYSTEMS $4.44 17% Industrials
HUNTINGTON INGALLS $3.66 52% Industrials
HUMANA INC. $3.61 7% Health Care
SAIC $3.38 78% info tech
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON $3.30 61% info tech
COMPUTER SCIENCES CORP $2.76 39% info tech
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP $2.72 2% Health Care
AECOM TECHNOLOGY $2.64 15% Industrials
LEIDOS HOLDINGS $2.62 56% info tech
HARRIS CORPORATION $2.41 47% info tech
HEWLETT-PACKARD $2.34 5% info tech
CACI INTERNATIONAL $2.06 62% info tech
AMERISOURCEBERGEN $1.91 1% Health Care
HONEYWELL $1.78 5% Industrials
GENERAL ELECTRIC $1.69 1% Industrials
ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS $1.64 48% Industrials
TEXTRON $1.60 12% Industrials
JACOBS ENGINEERING $1.48 12% Industrials
MERCK $1.43 4% Health Care
OSHKOSH $1.43 23% Industrials
ACCENTURE $1.41 4% info tech
THE GEO GROUP $1.31 71% Real Estate
CARDINAL HEALTH $1.24 1% Health Care
IBM $1.15 1% info tech
CDW $1.13 9% info tech
FLUOR $1.10 6% Industrials
CORECIVIC $0.96 53% Real Estate
VECTRUS SYSTEMS $0.94 80% Industrials
PFIZER INC. $0.92 2% Health Care
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL $0.89 0% Energy
MANTECH INTERNATIONAL $0.85 55% info tech
ROCKWELL COLLINS INC. $0.82 16% Industrials
CGI TECHNOLOGIES $0.78 9% info tech
EXXON MOBIL $0.77 0% Energy
FEDEX $0.66 1% Industrials
VALERO ENERGY $0.65 1% Energy
AT&T INC. $0.63 0% Telecom
SANOFI $0.63 2% Health Care
GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC $0.62 2% Health Care
SERCO GROUP PLC $0.58 12% Industrials
NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL $0.58 6% Industrials
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. $0.57 0% Financials
ROLLS-ROYCE $0.55 2% Industrials
EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING $0.54 1% Health Care
INSIGHT ENTERPRISES $0.53 10% info tech

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I repeat my post from another article on Bolton:
The nightmare that is the USA keeps getting darker day by day. The Third Reich has morphed into the Fourth Reich, like some horror movie where the alien predator jumps from one body into another as it destroys everything in its way. And everything is in its way. Way to go USA for allowing these predator fascist monsters to take over like this. I hang my head in shame for the country of my birth.


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If actual American taxpayers were asked; what kind of “value” do you get for your tax dollars?, I bet they would say nothing as the Empire lays waste to places all over the planet. So, we can have Empire or we can have a decent country in which to reside; not both. Also along the same lines; we can have billionaires or we can have free healthcare and education; we can’t have both. This nation is now the laughing stock of the world, but it’s reduced to silent snickers lest the US rubblizes their nation state and installs a tinpot despot. Geesssshhh.


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This just largesse to the 1 percent that own Arms Manufacturing. It a direct transfer of wealth to the same at the expense of the 99 percent.

If one would look at the record of the US Military over the past 40+ years, it a miserable one with the largest and most expensive Military in the world, unable to defeat Ragtag Militias in the worlds poorest countries. The US Military as never faced a first rate Military and it absurd to expect they would fare better against a first rate military.

Both Russia and China have technologies and weapon systems that are equal to , or surpass that of the United States of America and both do so at a fraction of the cost. The INCREASE in US MIlitary spending is greater then Russia spends in a year , yet the media is sounding the alarm on the grave threat that Russia poses.

The fact that Military spending has increased to such a degree in the USA demonstrates how violence has been normalized as Mr Koehler suggests in another article. Entire careers are built on participating in the cancer that is the US MIlitary, that is making weapons that kill, making profits off killing and basing an entire career on the perceived need or desire to kill. That men such as Bolton have been elevated to positions of power and that peace activists are silenced and have little say in the halls of power and that even the peoples in the US Senate and Congress that claim to be against war will vote for massive increases in Military spending, demonstrates the grip the twin Gods of Ares and Mammon have on the United States of America.


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To those who ask, “How did Germany allow itself to be turned into a Nazi warmongering nation?”
*Just look out the window, look at what our government has morphed into. Just like the Germans who just wanted to be able to go to work, raise their families, We the People are asking somebody to fix it. The person they want to fix it is “Somebody,” but his full name is “Somebody Else.”
*When Everyman wants Somebody Else to fix it, they’ll find that Somebody Else is on vacation. It is up to Everyman, and Everyman is We the People. Are we up to it, or do we just wait for the holocaust to come, while wringing our hands?
;-})


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This kind of news should have everyone in the streets screaming at the top of their lungs, “No More.”

Investment in Death and Human Suffering Trumps investments in our People.

What a nightmare.

“Death and Hatred to Mankind, Poisoning their Brainwashed Minds.” ~excerpt from War Pigs Black Sabbath~


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The miltary industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) sucks up more corporate welfare money than all other welfare recipients in the history of the US combined.


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“One of the great American industrialists of our day—a man who has rendered yeoman service to his country in this crisis-recently emphasized the grave dangers of “rightist reaction” in this Nation. All clear-thinking businessmen share his concern. Indeed, if such reaction should develop—if history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so- called “normalcy” of the 1920’s—then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.”

FDR 1944…no one listened, out of sight, out of mind.


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Probably yes.


#14

Just more proof that America’s priorities are totally… insane!


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Half of the $1.3 trillion for war making?

Who do they think they are kidding?

The US war against Iran, alone, is going to cost at least $1.3 trillion.


#16

I agree, but from my perspective, many people I know are either politically brainwashed ( like one Republican told me; ( if we do not fight them over there; we will have to fight them here ) many people are apathetic; and progressives really have no political participation in power. Only a broad coalition of millions of American citizens undivided can stop this coming holocaust before it is too late. Each of us needs to do what we can.


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"It Can’t Happen Here" Sinclair Lewis.
;-})


#18

And this picture is representative of imperial capitalist Duopoly policy since the end of WW2 at least.


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War all the time.Meanwhile, gatekeeper Chomsky is still spreading the lie that JFK was the culprit behind the Vietnam War. Never will he admit that 11/22/63 was a Coup d’Etat nor that 911 was a false flag. Most likely because the Mossad was involved in both ‘events’.


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Meanwhile, the sociopaths pushing Austerity are set to make people getting food assistance submit to drug tests, forced work at poverty wage jobs, more fucking humiliation to go through, and will likely adopt Trumps idea to replace EBT cards (that at least afforded some dignity) with receiving a “food box” that of course would just contain canned goods and other garbage.

This country has gone to hell in a hand basket.

But Corporate Democrats for the last 40 years have just been pulled along I’ve been told. Nothing intentional, no-siree.