I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to reign in the Pentagon budget in order that social progress could be maintained and flourish across the land.
Today’s headline in the Washington Post makes my blood boil: Panetta warns both parties on defense budget cuts.
The article begins:
“Defense [War] Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview broadcast Sunday that looming cuts to the defense budget would be “disastrous” for national security and urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to avoid a budget showdown.”
Yes, Leon Panetta, the “good California liberal Democrat” and former member of Congress shows his real colors here – and may I say – the colors of his party. When push comes to shove the Democrats always find a way to stand alongside the Republicans to do two essential things in the U.S. Congress. First they bail out Wall Street and secondly they continue the wars and keep Pentagon budgets busting at the seams. Even if it means the dissolution of social programs. They call it bi-partisanship.
In the end Panetta, and the military industrial complex, will prevail. They will circumvent required cuts in military spending and as a result there will be further attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, mental health programs, public education, environmental programs and the like.
The aggressive militarism that supports corporate globalization must come first – at all costs. To hell with the rest of us. We are all being brought onto the reservation now. When it comes to budget making – the people are the enemy now. Except of course on April 15 (Tax Day) when the corporate dominated government is more than happy to scoop up the tax collections and funnel them into the maw of the Pentagon.
How in God’s name could I ever consider voting for one of these Democrats in the coming election? Spend my life organizing to stop endless war and then go and hand my consent back to the same party that says it would be “disastrous” to cut the Pentagon budget.
No f_ _ _ ing way!
The Democrats are a damn disaster.