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$1.2 Trillion for National Security

Government is cheaper!

The really big bucks go to private contractors. Over half of the boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan are private contractors. The Pentagon claims they couldn’t do without them and still function. This is the result of going for the all volunteer army and the elimination of the draft. Instead of civilians working for two years in a citizens’ army, you get hired guns working for God-knows-who and for Big Money. Just like on Wall Street, you are paying some unqualified CEO bonuses for screwing up. There is no such thing as a perfect air or missile defense system covering a large area, and some missiles or aircraft will penetrate the system. Star Wars Missile Defense System are nothing but corporate welfare. It is not just the defense establishment but the US and other Western governments have been turned into cash cows for the economic elites. Remember “Brownie” screwing up after the “Katrina” Hurricane, the BP “clean up,” and Haiti is still a mess. If you really want to save the taxpayer money, get private enterprise out of government!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Mar 4 2011 - 12:48am

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