Nuclear

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: 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: Judy on April 30, 2015
I attended Carly Fiorina's national security talk sponsored by Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security. In response to my question, Fiorina said she does not support the $1 Trillion plan to upgrade America's nuclear weapons.
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By: Judy Elliott on April 30, 2015

Today Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security (APPS), a military-industrial complex advocacy organization, launched a National Security Forum for Presidential candidates. Pentagon contractors sit on APPS Advisory Board.

Is this another case of Governing Under the Influence?

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By: Jim on April 17, 2015
Jim attended a lecture by Rep. Peter T. King (R, NY) at Franklin Pierce University on April 17, 2015 and asked about the influence of corporations that profit from building weapons of mass destruction.
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By: Judy on March 30, 2015
Gov. Kasich at Concord Snowshoe Club
On March 23, Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke at the Snowshoe Club in Concord. The event was sponsored by the Concord Republican Committee and open to Republicans and Independents. (I am an Independent.) I asked him about the budget impact of government contractors’ political spending, using as an example President Obama’s trillion dollar budget for modernization of nuclear weapons. Gov. Kasich said, among other things, “If we’re going to reform welfare for poor people we should … reform welfare for rich people and we shouldn’t be giving out contracts just to make somebody happy.” He said that watching procurements is important in order to maintain U.S. military strength, and cited his record as a Congressman to expose inflated spare parts spending and to limit production of the B-2 nuclear bomber.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on February 19, 2015
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders calls out wasteful spending on military, fraud and government settlements from defense contractors, wants to make judicious cuts, and if president he would audit the Department of Defense - who can't keep track of where money is going.
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