The Geography Of Defense Cuts

Tyler Durden's picture

The GOP is fighting to spare the Pentagon from $500 billion in cuts. Yet, as Bloomberg Businessweek notes, the across-the-board reductions will probably hit Democrats harder than Republicans. A look at the 20 districts that receive the most in defense contracts highlights this shot in the foot.


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Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The military industrial complex is a racket.  And for anyone still believing the R vs D, all I will say is:

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis

Divide and conquer.  Bread and circuses (aka food stamps and Monday Night Football/the SuperBowl).

McMolotov's picture

The MIC government teat-suckers need to feel some pain like the rest of us. Of course, Republicans like Bill Kristol paradoxically believe government spending proposed by Dems kills private sector jobs but also believe defense spending "stimulates the economy." Fucktards. All government spending steals from the real economy; military Keynsianism is no exception.

No worries, though. Nothing will actually be cut, at least not in any significant amount. Here in Soviet Bernankistan, we can print tanks and aircraft carriers.

Ying-Yang's picture

The Budget Control Act in 2011 requires $487 billion in cuts in defense spending over the next decade.

Ahhhh that is 48.7 billion every year. They can do it but they won't over the term. Never happen.

midtowng's picture

Republicans hate government spending...except when its for the military (the most wasteful government spending of all).

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Hey you dim bulb. Did you even read the article? Looks like its the Democrats that are loving the military spending.

Chupacabra-322's picture

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

-President Dwight Eisenhower

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
 -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions…we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower



Chupacabra-322's picture

“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.”

-President John F. Kennedy
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York City
April 27, 1961

Chupacabra-322's picture

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

-Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

"I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket...

"In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."

-Smedley D. Butler, Major General (Ret), United States Marine Corps, two-time Medal of Honor recipient

lakecity55's picture

I think that was an anti-communist speech; having lived thru the Cuban Missile Crisis, it's tone is consistent with anti-ussr.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

The most wasteful spending? Pftfft...hardly.  Not only are we getting technology out of the spending, military is a legitimate function of the federal government. 

The social welfare component, beyond the NECESSARY safety net, is not legitimate. Want an example?


dick cheneys ghost's picture



take that fuckin PNAC and shove it up ur Jew ass

Chupacabra-322's picture

Let's nor forget the great words of a true American hero and patriot as well (sorry it is so long but click the link below to read the full essay):

On War, by U.S General Smedley Butler (1933) I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

---and a short intro to more---

Who Makes The Profits?
The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven't paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children's children probably still will be paying the cost of that war.
The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits -- ah! that is another matter -- twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent -- the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let's get it.
Of course, it isn't put that crudely in war time. It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and "we must all put our shoulders to the wheel," but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket -- and are safely pocketed.

Who Pays The Bills?
Who provides the profits -- these nice little profits of 20, 100, 300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them -- in taxation. We paid the bankers their profits when we bought Liberty Bonds at $100.00 and sold them back at $84 or $86 to the bankers. These bankers collected $100 plus. It was a simple manipulation. The bankers control the security marts. It was easy for them to depress the price of these bonds. Then all of us -- the people -- got frightened and sold the bonds at $84 or $86. The bankers bought them. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and government bonds went to par -- and above. Then the bankers collected their profits.

But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.
If you don't believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran's hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men -- men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.

Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to "about face"; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another "about face" ! This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers' aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn't need them any more. So we scattered them about without any "three-minute" or "Liberty Loan" speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final "about face" alone.

How To Smash This Racket!
WELL, it's a racket, all right.
A few profit -- and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.
The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation -- it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted -- to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.
Let the workers in these plants get the same wages -- all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers -- yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders -- everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!
Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.
Why shouldn't they?
They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are!
Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket -- that and nothing else.

To Hell With War!
I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war.
Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a platform that he had "kept us out of war" and on the implied promise that he would "keep us out of war." Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.
In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.
Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?

So...I say,


Meat Hammer's picture

Defense Department = War Department = Bankers

Stoploss's picture

LOLOLOL!!!!!  Hey Bozo!!  So much for the " blame it all on republicans " meme...  LOL!!!




BRING THE SEQUESTER TODAY........................

McMolotov's picture

I'm an equal opportunity hater. For the most part, it is the Republicans who defend gratuitous military spending while Democrats defend gratuitous social spending.

Both turds pollute the economic punchbowl from which the rest of us must drink.

falak pema's picture

so sequester is full tilt? 

Dr. Richard Head's picture

If by sequester you mean an actual cut in spending?  No.

If you mean sequester as in a cut in spending growth over a 10 year period that will acutally never materialize, then YES

falak pema's picture

we close the hatches in Fort Bragg and the green berets do more shadow boxing at home than operations in Afgh etc. 

And, no more hanky panky growth for the next 10 years...

Wow, that will be NEWS to all those other guys who want to step into those 25 US bases in Asia as elsewhere. Imagine the possibilities it opens up for the Apache Indians if the cavalry just sits n shines its boots. Having said that, 700 billion of boot shining stays awesome budget, compared to next guy who only spends 145 B! 

But psychology is everything is psyops warfare. Imagine all those bases in defensive mode and none in offensive mode! 

Now that will be a gut wringer for MIC Bin laden ghost busters dying to kick ass...

10 years boot shining and what dya get? 

More splt eyed and Taliban fried? 

Imagine, we could practically feel sorry for these aces in duplicity and predatory skills.

Luckily, it'll never materialise; the bugdet cuts! 

brewing's picture

fiscal responsibility, oh the humanity...

CPL's picture

AS mentioned before.


Everyone is betrayed, no one wins, there will be no offer and there is no mercy with math.  Wait until the Alphabet soup agencies are cut (CIA, FBI, NSA, FBI).  Cut cut cut...always cuts.


And betrayals.  Pensions from none and winnings for few...well, until they are betrayed after government year end.  My guess is May, latest early June 2013.

mkhs's picture

Cuts for black ops?  Did we win the drug war?

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Public isn't even aware about sequester because its NOT in their vocabulary or broken down to :less spending means job cuts.

There would be more press on it if they were going to block it.
Were going into recession no doubt about it,

Glass Seagull's picture


Cut entitlements like a motherfucker, fix the obesity problem.


"Bohlz doo dah wohlz."


CPL's picture


Pensions aren't entitlements.  The whole point was they were paid into and well managed so they could be eventually paid out.

But that didn't happen did it?

Anusocracy's picture

Government spending is spending someone else's money.

Money paid into pension plans came from the same source as money paid as entitlements.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

There wasn't enough paid in to cover losses.  I would suggest the pensions be divested and paid out lump sum.  

firstdivision's picture

Politics is nothing but smoke and mirrors any more.

McMolotov's picture

So in the days of yore, politics was filled with selfless, honest people who possessed the smartest of minds and the best of intentions? Really?

Politics has always been a game of deception with the goal of enriching oneself at the expense of others. Nothing's different now. The game still attracts liars, sociopaths, and assholes, and it always will.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I prefer the term 'functional psychopath'.

You know they have never 'rehabilitated' or 'cured' a psychopath?  Not one.

Anusocracy's picture

Psychopaths have high-function social brains.

They are the opposite of autistics, who have a low-function social brain.

Meat Hammer's picture

The hubris alone that makes you believe that you are upper-echelon compared to your peers, and that YOU are the one who will make a difference, is comparable to that of your typical sociopath/narcissist.  

Anusocracy's picture

So, observing that people are control freaks makes you a control freak?

Pure Evil's picture

No, making an assumption off observations just makes you judgemental.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

As stawks go up heavy again for what a 8 week rally now?

Last GDP was negative. These cuts will mean more job losses and surely keep GDP negative so official recession.

But all is well cuz the fed man sayz today dat they won't stop eazin'

Job losses= more fed money forever
GDP negative= recession = more easing needed

Shell Game's picture

There should be no surprise why, here in Snohomish country (WA) - home to Boeing-.Gov-Contracts-Inc., that some of the most ugly GOP-derived hatred and crime was witnessed at county and state conventions last year.  These fucking Leftist-in-GOP-colors traitors hate the Liberty movement as much or more than the Left they supposedly oppose.

May there be a special place in Hell waiting for these turncoat traitors....


JustObserving's picture

$500 billion in cuts is over the next decade, or $50 billion a year.  Military spending is $1 trillion a year.  So these cuts are only 5% of military spending.  

Bernanke is printing $85 billion a month or $1020 billion a year.  Surely, he can print $50 billion more a year to feed the MIC.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Don't forget these "cuts" are still based on baseline budgeting.  These are not actual cuts, but a slower rate of growth in spending down the road.

Jack Sheet's picture

Dr Dick Head  +1, absolutely right, the reduction pertains only to the first or even second derivative of expenditure vs time.

McMolotov's picture

I do that with the alcohol budget. I planned to spend $10 more on booze this week than last, but I only spent $5 more.

I saved $5!

Dr. Richard Head's picture

You must have met my wife.  She used to come into our house with her little arms loaded with bags.  The first thing she would say to me was, "Look how much money I saved."  She would make a great congressman or central bankster. 

It's the bitchez that'll getyaz!

MiguelitoRaton's picture

Rick-Honey, This is your wife. Did you just call me a "Bitch" and demean me in public? I sure hope you are not too attached to your balls, because as soon as you fall asleep you won't be any longer...sleep well Ricky!

a growing concern's picture

Are we married to the same woman? My wife just told me that she spent so much money that she got some "savings cards" out of it. Old course, they require you to spend more money in order to use them. They should call them spending cards. Sigh.

lolmao500's picture

Yep. Still a big load of BS. The REAL defense cuts need to be 5 TRILLION... not 500 billion.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Let's not forget that the present Continuing Resolution expires March 27, and it, plus the debt ceiling in mid April, will have to be addressed with ADDITIONAL spending cuts to the baseline.

If things go well we can get 3.5% GDP drag this year from cuts and tax raises.

zapdude's picture

We need MOAR EMPIRE!  'Merikuh must remain SHTRONG against her enemeees!

Pure Evil's picture

I've just nominated you for the Virtuous Armchair General Medal of Valor.

Jack Sheet's picture

Next time in San Diego I must visit the Grim Reapers.