Government Shutdown Not Slowing Down Warmongers

Warmongering Continuing Full Speed Ahead

The government shutdown isn’t slowing down the warmongers.  For example:

  • The Department of Defense awarded 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than $5 billion dollars the day right before the government shutdown

As Ron Paul notes, military spending will increase 18% even after the sequestration “cuts”:

Reducing spending on militarism would not only help balance the budget, but would enhance our security.Yet both the House and the Senate continuing resolutions not only fail to reduce military spending, they actually authorize $20 billion more in military spending than authorized by the “sequestration” created by the 2011 Budget Control Act.  Most of the supposedly “draconian” sequestration cuts are not even cuts; instead, they are “reductions in the planed rate of spending.” This is where Congress increases spending but by less than originally planned—and yet they claim to cut spending.

Under sequestration, military spending increases by 18 percent instead of by 20 percent over the next ten years. Yet some so-called conservatives are so opposed to these phony cuts in military spending that they would support increased taxes and increased welfare “military” spending. This “grand bargain” would benefit the DC political class and the special interests, but it would be a disaster for the American people.

Of course, we wouldn’t be in this crisis of hitting the debt ceiling in the first place if we hadn’t spent so much money on unnecessary wars … which are horrible for the economy.

And as John Whitehead writes:

The one area not impacted in the least by a government shutdown will be the police/surveillance state and its various militarized agencies, spying programs and personnel. Take a look at the programs and policies that will not be affected by a government shutdown, and you’ll get a clearer sense of the government’s priorities — priorities which have … little to do with serving taxpayers and everything to do with maintaining power and control, while being sold to the public under the guise of national security.

Postscript: Those who say that soldiers won’t be paid are wrong.   Active-duty military service members, plus civilians and contractors with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security  support active-duty troops and guardsmen, will still be paid during the temporary cessation of most government activities.


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  • gozounlimited

    Government Shutdown Not Slowing Down Planned Global Mass Extinction

    UN: ‘The World Won’t Cool Without Chemtrails’ (No Matter What) ….. The United Nations’ short answer? “Geoengineering (and only geoengineering).” ….

    CBS News warns ‘global warming’ could raise temperatures 212 degrees!…

    Despite the now-infamous lack of global warming for the last 17 years in defiance of all United Nations climate theories and predictions,the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) formally calledfor humanity to submit to a planetary “carbon budget” supposedly aimed at stopping potential future temperature increases. The UN “budget,” based on the findings of its widely ridiculed Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), would drastically limit man-made CO2 emissions — and therefore energy use and economic activity — by empowering a global climate regime to rule over humanity….

    Science utterly abandoned in UN climate change report: 15 years of data selectively ignored….
    If you’re still a fan of Al Gore and believe his “campaign” against global warming is truly substantive and real, well, this story should convince you once and for all that, when it comes to climate change,
    he’s nothing more than a lot of hot air….

    Nigel Farage EXPOSES Global Cooling to EU Parliament …. “We may have made one of the biggest, stupidest, collective mistakes in
    history by getting so worried about global warming.” — Nigel Farage.
    The IPCC Climate “Science” Exposed …..

  • Tonto

    The big Administration spin is meant to make House members who voted to cut ObamaCare funding think they are going to get blamed for a failing economy, as is being marched out with a manipulated stock market dive. It’s a pointless spin exercise.

    The stock market has been artificially run up during the last five years. The DOW going down today, is irrelevant to the health of the nation’s economy, which is already in the trashcan. The DOW means nothing in our economy. The DOW is now only a populace-manipulating device. The stock market is part of the credit economy’s cattle-prodding toolkit. The Administration and the talking heads of the Administration have been pointing at the stock market as an example of the economic “recovery”. Did anyone buy that? No. Now they are saying the stock market is an example of how those who do not cave-in and vote the Administrations whims, are going to be held responsible for economic collapse! That is just nonsense.

    And 95% of the country could care less if the DOW goes to zero. Stay the course. ObamaCare is nothing more than another huge and recurring transfer of wealth out of the hands of the besieged middle class. ObamaCare officials have thus far wholly refused to say how much the rates of the insured in this country are going to escalate. That’s going to be a big surprise!

    ObamaCare, “The Affordable Care Act” is a massive lie. Keep the shutdown in place. Make the Administration cave-in. Americans do not want ObamaCare.

    • The biggest propaganda, bar none, is “The Radio News Briefs” you hear in your car every top and bottom of the hour. And what is always in “The Radio News Briefs”? THE DOW! I have been saying forever, why do they tell us about the DOW in “The Radio News Briefs” all the time? Who cares? Who are they telling this to? Us???

  • jadan

    Is it conceivable that a group in Congress would force a government shut down in the name of defunding the NSA or repealing an NDAA
    or demanding an audit of DoD operations? That would be the reasonable
    thing to do. What happened to the 2 trillion Rumsfeld announced was
    missing from the Pentagon budget on 9/10/01? Was it ever found? Why do
    the Republicans get bent out of shape over some paltry food stamp
    expenditures and a health care law that profits insurance & pharma
    and fucks the public right up the ass with a super sized speculum? On
    behalf of my country before an international court, I plead insanity. We do not know what we are doing or why. We behave irrationally and are destroying ourselves.

  • Lokis

    although there is less consensus than I would hope in comments below – I suspect most would agree that the Military need more $upport – we need to give our Warrior President all the tools needed to continue his agenda of peace. Let us huddle together in prayer and ask for this war on terror and freedom be even half as successful as the wars on poverty and drugs. SS and health concerns really do pale when you think about the end game.

    • windship

      I can think of sixteen trillion reasons why prayer is useless.

  • Media Mentions

    I spent the large part of today reading up on the various consequences of the shutdown, and yet the bit that strikes me deepest isn’t all that’s happened because of the shutdown, but how easy it was to avoid. Case in point: