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Monitoring the Military Industrial Complex

DeFool
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9/1/2013 2:56:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
In this thread, I am going to list various campaign donors who stand to profit from a conflict with Syria, and the stances of the politicians whose careers they fund.

As I find time. I may abandon the idea any moment.

But, for now, I find myself full of pi$$ and vinegar at the prospect, and so I will dive right in.
DeFool
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9/1/2013 3:03:53 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Obviously, our President is committed to the side of war.

In this, he is also obeying the wishes of General Dynamics. General Dynamics manufactures the feared Tomahawk Missile, which is expected to be purchased in large numbers should we attack Syria.

Candidate Obama was among the top recipients of campaign cash from this company, shoveling in $41,457. Perhaps more importantly, General Dynamics is known to give more to Republicans than Democrats.

Am I cynical to ask if President Obama's request to purchase Tomahawks for a Syrian conflict might also purchase good will with a major Republican donor?

http://www.opensecrets.org...
000ike
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9/1/2013 3:04:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
My reactions as I read:

At 9/1/2013 2:56:23 PM, DeFool wrote:
In this thread, I am going to list various campaign donors who stand to profit from a conflict with Syria, and the stances of the politicians whose careers they fund.

http://1.androidauthority.com...
As I find time. I may abandon the idea any moment.

http://hardtosayoutloud.files.wordpress.com...
But, for now, I find myself full of pi$$ and vinegar at the prospect, and so I will dive right in.

http://www.polyvore.com...
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
DeFool
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9/1/2013 3:12:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Boeing Corp. is one of the largest military suppliers in the nation. Historically, Boeing has funded the political careers of Republicans and Democrats more or less evenly.

However, in the 2006-08 cycle, Boeing suddenly increased its bribery to Democrats by an alarming degree. This spike was reversed in the last election, which saw Republicans become the main beneficiaries of Boeing largess from 2012-2014.

The next American elections are critical; if the Republicans maintain control of the House, then President Obama becomes a powerless lame duck. If the Democrats take control of the House away from the Republicans, on the other hand, President Obama becomes an unstoppable juggernaut, with complete control of the legislature and the executive branch.

The link provides a list of the politicians that have profited from Boeing's paychecks.

http://www.opensecrets.org...
DeFool
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9/1/2013 3:21:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
This is the Wiki on American Defense Contractors
http://en.wikipedia.org...

This is an article from Business Insider, listing what their research calls the "Top 25 US Defense Companies." These are the heavy hitters; the corporations that control who we go to war with, when, and how involved we will become.

I would not want to argue that our Congress makes such decisions without taking very seriously the counsel of these war profiteers.
http://www.businessinsider.com...
wrichcirw
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9/2/2013 3:59:07 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/1/2013 3:03:53 PM, DeFool wrote:

Candidate Obama was among the top recipients of campaign cash from this company, shoveling in $41,457. Perhaps more importantly, General Dynamics is known to give more to Republicans than Democrats.

Obama raised more than $1 billion in 2012. I think you can do better than $40k.
http://elections.nytimes.com...
At 8/9/2013 9:41:24 AM, wrichcirw wrote:
If you are civil with me, I will be civil to you. If you decide to bring unreasonable animosity to bear in a reasonable discussion, then what would you expect other than to get flustered?