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Lockheed Martin’s CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

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Published: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The law that created the deficit committee also created a zero-sum game: Any expensive program that escapes the budget knife does so at the expense of cuts to other programs. If the military contractors succeed in keeping the war budget intact, they’ll likely do so at the expense of Social Security and Medicare. That means [...]


A Parting Thought from a Week of War Industry Spin

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Published: Friday, September 16th, 2011

As the war industry’s opening blitz to influence the deficit committee draws to an end, I just wanted to leave our readers with a parting thought. Below is an infographic I created using data drawn from the hawkiest of the hawks–Foreign Policy Initiative (formerly known/reviled as the Project for a New American Century). This shows [...]


Panetta Starts Singing Contractors’ Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Friday, September 16th, 2011

Well, that didn’t take very long. Two days ago, while representatives of war profiteers were on the Hill trying to push elected officials to protect their profit margins from the deficit committee, heads of the war industry met in a closed-door meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta. The next day, the war contractors held a press [...]


The War Industry: Bad Job Creators, Bad Bosses, Bad Stewards of Tax Dollars

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

On Tuesday, the military contractors behind the “Second To None” campaign pleaded “no comment” to our War Costs campaign’s full-page Politico ad exposing the economic damage caused by massive war budgets. The same day, they announced a press conference and the upcoming launch of a national campaign to scare people about job losses if we [...]


Corrupt Contractors Make Their Move on the Deficit Committee

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Monday, September 12th, 2011

The new deficit commission will hold its first substantive meeting on Tuesday, and the military contractors will be out in force to protect their profits. They’ll be working to cash in on hundreds millions of dollars in campaign donations and lobbying spending, and they’ll deploy their favorite (and bogus) “jobs” spin. But members of the [...]


The War Budget Is Burning Down Our Economy

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Thursday, September 8th, 2011

President Obama will talk jobs tonight. Good. That’s what we should have been talking about all year. Here’s all thirty-five words of our suggested script for the speech: “Good evening. To get Americans working again, we must cut our massive war budget and find better ways to spend that money. Thank you, God bless you, [...]


193,000 Jobs: The true cost of the wasted $60 billion in Iraq/Afghanistan

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Friday, September 2nd, 2011

193,000 jobs. That’s what we could have created, at minimum, for the money that war contractors wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that “as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor [...]


Enough With the Scare Tactics, Secretary Panetta

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

If you thought we were going to have a rational, fact-based debate about cuts to the out-of-control military budget in this country, think again. The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect contractor profits. The reason for [...]


War Budget Cuts Possible If We Counter Contractors’ Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe
Published: Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country’s out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them. The war industry is already deploying their favorite kind of stealth weapon [...]


How to Cut Hundreds of Billions in War Spending

By Derrick Crowe and Robert Greenwald
Published: Friday, August 5th, 2011

The debt limit crisis that’s consumed Washington, D.C. created an unexpected silver lining: the first opportunity in a decade to make real cuts to our runaway military budget. The deal reached to allow a rise in the debt limit “includes about $350 billion in guaranteed cuts for the Pentagon and other defense-related programs, plus up [...]


  

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