The GOP says that the Democrats’ S.3457, a $1 billion Veterans Job Corp bill which they supported 95-5 in the Senate several weeks ago but voted against last week, is spending concern. According to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), it “violate[d] the Budget Control Act by adding to the deficit.” It couldn’t possibly have been about the election now, could it? Especially when the GOP’s only real state goal is Obama’s defeat.
Well, here’s an alternative.
The U.S. government spends around $750 billion on defense annually. With past war debts and other various defense-related costs (bases, transport, supplies, salaries, etc), the figure is probably around or over $1 trillion annually. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded $380 billion in defense contracts, according to USAspending.gov. That is, money paid out to companies like General Dynamics, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, etc. Corporate welfare, if you will. A massive entitlement program if there ever were one. Much of that money is dumped into contracts that don’t see the light of day. Government waste at its finest.
Why not deduct $1 billion from the corporate defense contractor entitlement program, and give it to the veterans for jobs. The defense contractor leaches will still have $$379 billion and the GOP patriots can say they haven’t gutted
their entitlement program national security.
Shame on the Democrats for not even making this type of common sense proposal. If we can spending $380 billion on the machinery that leads our soldiers into hell, then we sure as shit can lead them out of it with $1 billion in a post-military jobs program.