Christmas Came Early for Military Contractors
|December 25, 2013||Posted by Staff under Holidays, War / Peace|
When the US Federal Government Shut Down, its Military Spent More.
This 2013 excerpt of Foreign Policy, Oct 7, is by John Reed.
The Pentagon pumped $5 billions of dollars into contractors’ bank accounts on the eve of the U.S. government’s shutdown that saw 400,000 Defense Department employees furloughed.
All told, the Pentagon awarded 94 contracts on its annual end-of-the-fiscal-year spending spree, spending more than five billion dollars on everything from robot submarines to Finnish hand grenades and a radar base mounted on an offshore oil platform. To put things in perspective, the Pentagon gave out only 14 contracts on September 3, the first workday of the month.
This goes to show that even when the federal government is shutdown and the military has temporarily lost half its civilian workforce, the Pentagon can spend money like almost no one else.
Ed. Notes: It goes to show me that we’re making a huge mistake letting government spend public money any way it wants. The discretionary power of funding must become severely curtailed. Limit political spending to the military and other means of defense and limit the source of those funds to a flat income tax or to citizenship dues. If people are going to still want to complain about taxes they’ll have to complain about war, too. As for domestic programs, such as schooling and medical attention, just pay the citizenry a dividend and let people choose their own teachers and doctors.
Get that money from the common wealth, from society’s surplus, from all the money all of us spend for all the nature we use. Use taxes, fees, dues, etc to redirect our spending for land and resources into the public treasury, and use rebates, vouchers, and dividends to disburse those funds back out to all of us.
Then it won’t just be military contractors and the rest of the war machine able to celebrate Christmas in style.