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Congress Has Plenty of Cash for Military Contractors

Oct 25, 2021

The politicians in Congress continue to hash out how to slash the domestic spending proposal floated by Biden and the Democrats. Yet the politicians of both parties, Republicans and Democrats, had no difficulty in finding wads of cash to continue to dole out to military contractors.

The corporate media and politicians both for and against the Democrats’ proposal constantly refer to it as a “3.5 trillion dollar package.” But that 3.5 trillion dollars would be spent over 10 years, so in reality if it were actually passed as is, it would cost 350 billion dollars per year.

The U.S. House recently passed a bill approving a total of 778 billion dollars in military spending for 2022, with the support of 182 out of 220 Democrats. That’s 37 billion dollars higher than the budget for 2021, and it’s more than twice the amount in the Democrats’ vaunted domestic spending bill, which will most certainly be cut way back before it ever gets passed.

So while the politicians figure ways to cut back proposed spending for education, healthcare, clean energy and social programs, they had no difficulty finding 190 billion dollars to hand out to the top 10 defense contractors including the likes of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. That’s despite the fact that investments in military spending produce many fewer jobs than the same amount of spending on education, health care, the environment, or social programs, according to a study by the Political Economy Research Center.

Nothing too shocking here. The politicians of both parties know which side their bread is buttered on.