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“Crack cocaine for the Pentagon”: Meet the secret slush fund that’s getting hawks high

“Crack cocaine for the Pentagon”: Meet the secret slush fund that’s getting hawks high | Upsetment | Scoop.it
While the right cuts tons of basic services, here's the secret slush fund the military doesn't want you to discover
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First created by the Bush fuck-everything-up team and then codified by the Obama let's-not-make-people-angry crew, the OCO is a great way for the military-industrial-espionage complex to lie to the American people. And only one politician is trying to blow the whistle. Bernie Sanders may be the last decent person in Washington. I wonder if anyone else will line up behind him in this battle with the Pentagon spenders.

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GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.
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This is the great boondoggle airplane that has already generated billions in overruns. For the most part, the F-35 is the child of congress, generating profits for contributors and investment in districts. I hear people scream about bailing out GM and Chrysler, but the Lockheed-Martin connection, well that is accepted in the name of defense. Bullshit!

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Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending

Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How the defense contractor profited from an aircraft
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Sure we need weapons systems and planes for our military, but too often it is congress and lobbyists who are spending the money. Stop blaming the administration and even the Pentagon and start putting some of the blame where it really belongs, on Senators and Representatives who are being bought into the system.

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News from The Associated Press

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"Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week with the pledge to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare.

More pressing for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set to slam the military."

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Notice that in no way are they saying there will be more revenue because all those tax cuts to the rich and business will grow the economy. Nope that fantasied excuse is gone and all we have left is a model of government that serves the wealthy at the expense of the common (wo)man. Hey, folks, time to wake up and get rid of the GOP. We need a political party devoted to a strong American society, one that cares for its citizens.

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Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

The directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed 3,000 to 5,000 jobs.
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A good beginning, but it does remind of the question: What is the difference between the pentagon and kudzu? You can eventually cut back some of the kudzu.

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