We are about to be treated to another disgusting show of “richest country in history cries ‘poor’ over politics.”
What infuriates me is that the press, other politicians, nobody, basically, wants to talk about the defense budget. In spite of the fact that we are now ‘officially’ out of Afghanistan, congress has reached across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisanship to give the pentagon a 30 billion dollar raise. Meanwhile, there is this mass cluster-jerk circular firing squad dance going on over how the country can afford to deal with important things, and nobody seems to have the guts to say, “you know, I can’t take you seriously about your fiscal conservatism and concern for the deficit when you keep giving money to the pentagon that doesn’t even know how they spend it.”
The pentagon doesn’t know where the money goes because it can’t audit its own books. So the only answer to “how much money do you need?” is “MORE!” And congress, useless corrupt cowards that they are, has to pretend not to understand that.
Meanwhile, I was horrified to learn that Ilhan Omar – for some reason – decided to vote for $3 billion to help Israel fund its military after all the money they spent on war crimes in Gaza. [midd] Of “The Squad” Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Occasio-Cortez voted against the bill. Omar, who opposed earlier emergency legislation to approve the sale of smart bombs to Israel seems to have flipped over to just giving them money unconditionally. The appropriation for Israel is hidden inside a larger bill that funds foreign diplomacy and UN participation, so that’s probably why she voted for it. That, or, she’s just temporarily run out of fucks.
It’s disgusting, to me, that we can have open discussions regarding where Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema are getting their money from, who their donors are, and the media and congress pretend that it’s not completely corrupt. Oh, by all means we have to take these people seriously. No, we don’t. But we’re stuck with them because we’re expected to assent that they represent us.