A few days ago, I posted a story about the Republicans unanimously voting to give $5 billion a year in subsidies to big oil companies, which even oil company executives said they didn’t need.
Well, it happened again. This time, Congress voted to spend $13 billion on not one but two weapon system programs, which (and here’s the kicker) the military doesn’t even want. That’s right, Congress loves the military so much, that they can’t help but waste billions of dollars on completely unnecessary, unneeded, and unwanted weapons programs. In fact, one of these programs will cost so much just to maintain (assuming it ever works) that it will cause funding problems for other weapons systems that the Pentagon does want, and so stands a good chance of reducing our military readiness.
And this time, it wasn’t just the Republicans — joining 227 Republicans in voting for this grotesque monstrosity were 79 Democrats (even though the White House wanted the programs canceled).
And here’s the bonus hypocritical part. In defending this outright gift to General Dynamics and Raytheon (who together spent $18 million on lobbying and $3.7 million on campaign contributions), three members of Congress argued that its cancelation would cost jobs.
I kid you not.