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Re: Pentagon bloat, etc. thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:42 pm

Vrede too wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:58 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce that Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will take over from Jim Mattis as acting secretary of defense as of Jan., a senior U.S. administration official told Reuters.

Patrick M. Shanahan:
No relevant education, just like Dolt .45.
No military service, just like the Chickenhawk in Chief.
Career merchant of death, Boeing. Ike is saying, "I warned you."

Also, O Really, University of Washington grad and Regent.
... He next served as senior vice president of Airplane Programs at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, beginning in December 2008.

In April 2016, he became senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations, for Boeing.His responsibilities in that position included manufacturing operations and supplier management functions, carrying out advanced manufacturing technologies, and global supply chain strategies.

Shanahan was a member of the Boeing Executive Council.
Hmmm, Boeing 737 Max?

Trump's likely pick for Pentagon job makes 'trains run on time.' Can he do much more?

Does crashing soon after takeoff count against on time performance, or is that "landing" ahead of schedule?

Anyhow, Mussolini did not get the trains to run on time. That's a myth.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/loco-motive/

Great pick, 45SHOLE.
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Re: Pentagon bloat, etc. thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:18 am

Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon

... The budget peels back many of the promises the president made either on the campaign trail or in tweets. For instance, the president has stated an intention to pull back from military interventions in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but his budget insists on an even bigger military budget. And the cash flow to the Pentagon, combined with ongoing tax cuts for the rich, puts the lie to the idea that Republicans care about deficits and balanced budgets.

The budget calls for $750 billion in military spending, a nearly 5 percent increase over 2019 spending. And it calls for a 9 percent cut in all other discretionary spending, which covers nearly everything else — including priorities like education, affordable housing, environmental protection, scientific and medical research, public health, and diplomacy, among others — taking it from $597 billion in 2019 to $543 billion in 2020. The proposal also calls for additional cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Dismantling Government (But Not the Pentagon)

As in his past budgets, the president has proposed cutting budgets for nearly every government agency except the Pentagon, Homeland Security and Veterans’ Affairs, with few exceptions.

Under the president’s plan, the cuts just keep on coming: the Department of Education would take a 12 percent cut; the Department of Energy would take an 11 percent cut; Health and Human Services would be cut by 12 percent; Agriculture by 15 percent; Transportation by 22 percent and the State Department, a whopping 23 percent.

Within each of those departments are even deeper cuts to a select few agencies and programs. For example, the budget calls for a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-running target for this administration, and a 31 percent cut to the Corps of Engineers, which prevents and addresses flood damage, among other functions.

The cuts also hit programs that Trump had promised not to touch. The proposal cuts Medicare by $846 billion over 10 years. It cuts Medicaid by nearly $1.5 trillion over 10 years and replaces the lost funds with a $1.2 trillion “market-based” health care plan....
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence

Delivered 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City

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King, who had been a internationally known civil rights leader for the 12.5 years since the Montgomery bus boycott began, was assassinated on the one year anniversary of turning his attention to Vietnam and militarism. Coincidence? Perhaps.
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Re: Pentagon bloat, etc. thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:59 pm

Which U.S. Congress Members Support Ending Which Wars

Yemen
Afghanistan
Syria
Korea
Venezuela


No recent bills:

Iraq
Somalia
Libya
Mali
Niger
Pakistan
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Re: Pentagon bloat, etc. thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:29 pm

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