Despite Deep Cuts, Defense Spending Deepens

Many of us watched in disgust the ministrations of our lawmakers as they preened, lied, cried, threatened, insulted one another and worst of all, showed their unbridled contempt for America as conservatives promised to shut down its government. The Tea Party and libertarians were as giddy as schoolgirls at the mere suggestion. “Shut it down,” they cried.

Lost in all the drama was an increase they slipped into the bill that bolsters the Defense Department.  Let me restate that.  As democrats and republicans thrashed and writhed in the absurd theater we’ve come to accept as “negotiation” (more aptly described as mutual masturbation with a hearty big business “reach-around,”) the men and women (mostly men) who populate our federal legislature agreed to INCREASE military spending.  Yep… by $5 billion.  This, in the face one of the steepest budget cuts enacted by any administration.

EPA got dinged by $1.6 billion… 16%…emissions, schmemissions. (Breathe deep the gathering gloom.)  Those in the fight against HIV/AIDS?  Cut $1 billion.  Community Health Centers lost $600 million.  The homeless, the poor, the unemployed and underemployed? If they can’t afford a doctor, they have no business getting sick, now do they?  Cold?  Broke? Just put another log on the fire `cut we’re cuttin’ off your gas!  Heat is SO last year!  Education, science and energy…research?  Each loses hundreds of millions of dollars in this deal.  FEMA? Cops?  First responders?  They get the high hard one, too.  But I’m all right, so I don’t care

Although we heard nothing of it and despite the fact that the USA has increased military spending by 81 percent since 2001, (which rounds up nicely to DOUBLE, in just a decade), these geniuses saw it fit to fork over an additional $5 billion to the Defense Department.  I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

So, go-ahead…short-sheet granny’s bed and force-feed the preemie food pantry evaporated milk, `cuz we need even more cash for the Defense Department, which has proven it can lose $9 billion as easily as it wipes its ass.  But since war is the gift that just keeps on giving, our leaders can’t seem to amply express our true gratitude, so instead we get this…

“The bill also includes an additional $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding) to advance our missions abroad.” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY)

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

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