Military Industrial Complex

By: Judy Elliott on January 4, 2016
In response to a question about the trillion dollar plan for a new generation of nuclear weapons systems, Senator Rand Paul expressed support for multi-lateral negotiations leading to arms reductions. Although he supports some degree of "modernization," he said we already have "more than we need to blow up the world many times over."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on December 31, 2015
Chris Christie War Profiteering in Waukee, IA
Gov. Chris Christie calls for appropriate oversight from the Pentagon when asked how he would assure defense contracting does not become war profiteering. Christie added he doesn't mind people making a profit, but only if it's appropriate profit, and "certainly not profit either on war or on the taxpayers."
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By: David Blair on December 29, 2015
After more than a dozen times getting asked about the immigrant detention mandate, John Kasich finally said incarceration rates should not be governed by a quota system.
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By: Mark Barker on December 21, 2015
Dwight and Mark were able to ask Kasich questions on who profits from war and prisions. Kasich called for a military build-up. We still don't know what he thinks about the immigrant detention quota.
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By: John on December 21, 2015
I asked Christie about the present corporate control of our nuclear weapons labs and whether profit should govern our nuclear weapons and overall defense policy. He said no, but added that corporations are entitled to a reasonable profit provided they make reliable weapons for national defense
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By: Judy on December 21, 2015
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.
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By: Bill on December 11, 2015
At a Town Hall with Jeb Bush in Milford, NH. Jeb Bush was asked if he would stop military contractors from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracts. Bush said there is a lot of corruption in the way the military contracting is done and that reform of the military procurement and lobbying systems are needed.
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By: Arnie Alpert on December 9, 2015
The Concord Monitor editors discussed nuclear dangers with Hillary Clinton, but her views on the $1 Trillion nuclear build-up are still unclear.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on December 1, 2015
I questioned Gov. Jeb Bush about corporate lobbyists contributing to wasteful spending in the military, including the $1.5 trillion F-35 fighter jets and $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan. Bush called defense contractors aggregators and says “we need procurement reform, plain and simple.”
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By: Arnie Alpert on November 30, 2015

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, opens federal coffers for design and construction of new nuclear weapons and the planes, missiles, and submarines designed to deliver them to targets all over the world.  It's a classic case of "governing under the influence" of the military-industrial-complex. 

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