“People go in but they never come out, they never leave,” said Mike Huckabee at a private round table discussion on big money in politics while referring to a lifetime ban on the revolving door between Congress and lobbyists.
The National Rifle Association, the nation's primary lobby for unrestricted ownership of firearms, but it's not just a gun-owners group. It also represents the interests of corporations that make and sell fireams. And they donate liberally to keep the NRA in business.
Ted Cruz responded to a question about the trillion dollar nuclear arms buildup by endorsing an upgrade to all three "legs" of the nuclear triad. He also called for developing a missile defense system. But he thinks abolition of nuclear weapons can only be achieved in a fantasy world.
GUI Volunteer Marlu Abarca celebrated Rand Paul's Birthday with him and delivered the AFSC white paper The Role of For-Profit Prison Corporations In Shaping U.S. Immigrant Detention & Deportation Policies.
When asked whether his cabinet would be free of people who made careers out of the revolving door between government service and service to corporate interests, Governor Mike Huckabee stated "To every degree I could."
Gov. Kasich was asked about President Eisenhower's warning of the military-industrial complex and it's excessive influence in politics. After mentioning his work in Congress to reduce B-2 bombers during Cold War and rebuilding military, "But we don’t need to rebuild it by doing things that just put money in somebody’s pocket and I’ve never done that in my lifetime."
When Jeb Bush emphasized the need for lobbying reform in his stump speech, Judy asked if a 6-year ban on lobbying would also apply to ex-military officials. "That’s a good question," he said, and added that the military procurement system is "lobbied up beyond belief." In response to another question, Bush advocated maintaining the nuclear weapons "triad" and building a new generation of nuclear submarines.
Caroline Isaacs, AFSC Arizona Program Director, was on a recent Iowa speaking tour titled “Who Profits from Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration?” on Dec. 7-9. She educated first-in-the-nation caucus goers about the problematic private prison industry and immigrant detention centers, encouraging them to question presidential candidates about these issues leading up to the Iowa Caucus on February 1.