Happy Feasting For the Super Committee
August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments
Dictionary.com definition of “lobbying” is: n: a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group’s special interest.
Like I mentioned in “Scalpel, Please”, lobbyist have already grouped up to start buying out our representatives in Congress. These defense contractors pay, or lobby, our representatives to protect, or increase expenditures, their contracts. Pay them to not make any cuts in the defense budget. Money rules the conversation.
The 12 person super-committee, recently put together after the debt deal to cut $1.2T from budget by Thanksgiving, have already been paid over $1M by defense contractors. Yes, we all know it is imperative to expand the military budget.
I’m all for making real cuts to the military budget and you should be too. Defense cuts do not include salary or benefits. To put things in a different perspective, the debt deal proposes to cut a whole $2-4 billion over the next 2 years, amounting to about 1% of the defense budget. That shows you how much we already spend. We need much, much bigger cuts than this.
Lobbying, in this case, is a fancy word for bribery. Dictionary.com definition of “bribe”: n: money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, especially in that person’s performance as an athlete, public official, etc.
Lobbying is completely legal.
With this being said, it is very crucial we must influence this super-committee, and Congress, by signing this petition –http://warcosts.com/ – and by taking a stand.
The debt deal, which I’m not too enthused about, already ended subsidized loans for graduate students, meaning they have to pay back loans while still in school. Student loans now, for the first time ever, surpass credit cards. Also, the unemployment rate for college graduates are at an all time high since 1970.
This isn’t the Vietnam War era; there is absolutely no reason to be spending this much money on guns. This super-committee, and Congress, can’t convince the American people we must spend 6x more than the next nation, China, on guns.
The word “defense” isn’t fitting either.
There is more to be done, but for now, please sign the petition, email and write your representatives to not cave in.
Below are the names and links for this super-committee. Again, please contact them. There are more than enough hours in a day to simply call, email, send a letter, and tweet them.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) – Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) – Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) – Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) – Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) – Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) – Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) – Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn) – Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)
Let’s make it a Happy Thanksgiving.
Get to work!