Military Industrial Complex

By: Arnie Alpert on May 30, 2015
GUI banners at Weirs Beach
GUI bird dogs and banneristas greeted hundreds of Republicans and two presidential candidates by the Weirs Beach boardwalk. Governor George Pataki told me he would block former Cabinet members, and retired generals and admirals from becoming corporate lobbyists, just as he would for former members of Congress.
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By: Judy on May 27, 2015
Judy asks Sanders about nuclear weapons
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently declared his candidacy for President. On May 27, I joined hundreds of people at the South Church in Portsmouth NH for a town hall meeting with the Senator. He answered a number of questions from the audience, and I was able to ask the last one, about whether he supported the $1 trillion dollar build-up of US nuclear forces. It's "all about our national priorities," he said.
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By: Eric Zulaski on May 21, 2015
Lindsey Graham Walk and Talk
Presidential candidate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did a "walk and talk" in downtown Manchester, NH. Governing Under the Influence activists rose to the occasion and delivered the message that we do not want a system governed under the influence of Pentagon contractors, for-profit prisons and corporate lobbyists in general. Several people asked questions.
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By: Judy on May 18, 2015

A one trillion dollar investment in nuclear weapons surely needs to be discussed. The interests of the corporations that stand to make bundles of cash should not outweigh the need for a stable, de-nuclearized world.

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By: Judy on May 14, 2015
W78 Nuclear Warhead

What a surprise!  A panel loaded with nuclear industry cronies says the corporations that profit from nuclear weapons are over-regulated and under-compensated.

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By: Curt on May 13, 2015
I attended the event at Chez Vachon and got to ask Gov. O’Malley about the military-industrial-complex.
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By: Lynn on May 13, 2015
I went to Tilton Diner to "bird dog" Chris Christie. I went in and sat by myself and ordered eggs benedict done with spinach. A State-House based AP reporter sitting nearby told me, "If you sit alone like that, he'll come and talk to you." Christie did. He paused at two tables of four to shake hands, but came to my table for conversation about the Pentagon budget and offshore drilling.
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By: Judy on May 12, 2015
Christie at Pembroke VFW
At a May 12 town hall meeting in Pembroke, NH, I asked NJ Gov. Chris Christie a question about the planned $1 trillion expansion of the US nuclear weapons capability. He responded by suggesting the money would be better spent on other aspects of our defense. I think the money slated for spending on nuclear weapons modernization should be spent on human needs, not, as Christie suggested, other weapons systems. Nevertheless, I'm glad he agreed that "the issue you’re pointing out on nuclear weaponry are the kind of things we should have a robust open debate about in this country... I know what you’re talking about but I bet you not many people know that that’s what’s going on." It will be an accomplishment if we can get candidates of both parties to discuss nuclear weapons policy, and how the profit motives of Pentagon contracts influences nuclear weapons spending.
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By: John on May 8, 2015
Lockheed Terrorizes the World
Asked about Lockheed-Martin's practice of using taxpayer dollars to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts, Gov. Chris Christie found a way to blame the problem on President Obama. However, he did acknowledge that the Justice Department ought to look into allegations of illegal actions by weapons contractors.
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By: Elizabeth on April 30, 2015
Elizabeth attended Carly Fiorina's talk on national security sponsored by Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security. In response to Elizabeth's question, Fiorina agreed there is cronyism between the Pentagon and weapons contractors.
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