Jindal Supports Trillion Dollar Nuclear Plan, Calls Congress "Legalized Corruption"

Kevin Rutledge on November 02, 2015
I asked Gov. Bobby Jindal about the $1 trillion plan on a new generation of nuclear weapons and how to limit the military-industrial complex from setting our nuclear priorities. Although he supports increasing military spending, “I think right now there is too much influence in Congress, and Congress won’t like giving up that power. Because you’re right, a lot of them get donations, or they’re trying to protect pork barrel project in districts.”

My question: “Last week at Drake University, I heard Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, speak about the excessive political influence from Pentagon contractors to drive U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. government has a plan to spend $1 trillion on a new generation of nuclear warheads, missiles, subs, bombers, which means huge profits for corporations that manufacture those weapons. So my question is, how can we limit the military-industrial complex from setting our nuclear priorities?”

Gov. Jindal spent a few minutes answering his support to spend more on the military, the fear of Russia, China, and Iran, and believes the best way to avoid war is to prepare for war.

However, he addressed the issues of special interest groups, campaign donations, lobbyists, the revolving door, and Congressional term limits in regards to military procurement reform:

“I think right now there is too much influence in Congress, and Congress won’t like giving up that power. Because you’re right, a lot of them get donations, or they’re trying to protect pork barrel project in districts.”

“Ultimately, I think we need to take power away from special interests by not allowing members of Congress to go become lobbyists afterwards. Too many of them are thinking about the jobs they’re going to have when they leave Congress.”

“In many ways, that’s legalized corruption and I think we got to break that cycle.”

A former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army in the Reagan Administration liked my question and invited me back the next day for a roundtable discussion with other military officials about the costs of war it's effects on American veterans.

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Kevin Rutledge AFSC Governing Under the Influence Presidential Campaign Project

Kevin Rutledge is the Grassroots Education Coordinator with AFSC’s Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa.  Kevin has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.  A graduate from Iowa State University in Sociology and Criminal Justice, his previous work includes: United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) organizer, Public Citizen online organizer to overturn Citizens United, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and a youth residential treatment facility.  Kevin hopes to one day return to Brazil and live by the beach.

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