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A very good description of how the world of defense contracting works and who influences these decisions.. it never ceases to amaze the lobbying numbers for defense contractors.. as many contractors rely solely on government funding, as taxpayers our taxpayers fund the lavish lifestyle on K Street...
• The obvious: programs with lots of associated jobs and Congressional champions endure.
• The more troubled a program’s history, the less likely that a lawmaker will rise to the task of becoming its
• The willingness of executive branch leadership to go to the mat makes all the difference. The fact that
Gates was a Republican holdover respected within the military and willing to work both sides of the aisle in
Congress to fight for his decisions was a crucial factor in controversial cuts like the F‐22.
• Members of the powerful defense appropriations committees are essentially champions of all programs,
since they receive the most money from defense companies and give the most earmarks.
• Redirecting savings from proposed cuts into other defense programs creates winners and softens
Following the corporate money helps illustrate these lessons. Lockheed Martin or Boeing is the prime contractor for
all but one of the eight targeted programs. Both of these companies spend heavily to lobby Congress: Boeing spent
$10.7 million and Lockheed Martin more than $10 million on both in‐house and external lobbyists in 2009. The two
are also the largest Congressional donors in the defense aerospace sector, according to the Center for Responsive
Politics. Boeing’s corporate political action committee (PAC) contributed $2.4 million to politicans and politicians’
PACs since 2007, and Lockheed Martin’s PAC contributed $2.6 million.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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During the "Hated Bush Years" we heard the democrats constanly whailing and blubbering about that outfit "Haliburton" whatever happened to them, how come Mush Mouth Matthews isn't still yelling and crybabying over Haliburton.
Did The Hated Bush Take The Hated Haliburton with him when he left..............
When Will The Bush Wars End, where is Sean Penn.......?
Harry Boy (Genius)
In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself