Rubio on corporate cronyism

Arnie Alpert on October 08, 2014
Members from the New Hampshire office of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group devoted to non-violence and peace, were in the crowd as the Florida Republican in Derry on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

Arnie Alpert of the American Friends Services Committee asked Rubio and Brown how the government should address “corporate cronyism,” in which military “experts” calling for escalation are involved with  companies that would benefit financially from sale of weaons to the Pentagon. "Steven Hadley," he said, "who used to be the National Security Adviser, is one of these people who is beating the drums for more air assaults but he is also getting paid $250,000 a year as a member of the board of directors of Raytheon Corporation, which sells Tomahawk cruise missles to our government."

Rubio said, “I’m not motivated to support a strong national defense on the basis of helping any company or corporation, but I do believe the United States must remain the most powerful, most effective fighting force on the planet. We should never be in a fair fight, ever.”



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Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert

Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire Program, which he has led since 1981.  In that time he has been involved in movements for economic justice and affordable housing, civil and worker rights, peace and disarmament, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to racism and homophobia.