Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Budget battle; Money for the Elderly or War, Lobbyists say War Wins

The members of the congressional deficit committee represent more than 16 million people who rely on Social Security and Medicare. But war profiteers who donate millions to these politicians want them to slash Social Security and Medicare to protect their profits. Join War Costs in telling the deficit committee that you want to cut the corrupt, fraud-filled war budget and protect Social Security and Medicare.
Military profiteers contractors don't care what party elected officials are in, as long as they protect their cash cow at the Pentagon (For example, Lockheed Martin CEO Robert J. Stephens made $21.9 million last year, almost entirely from your tax dollars). In fact, Democrats on the committee have taken more donations from military contractors than Republicans over the last 5 years. That means that people who usually protect Social Security and Medicare may be tempted to do the wrong thing.
Democrat Jim Clyburn, for example, recently said, "…Defense may be something that most members on the Democrat side will not mind going after. But I do mind going after that. So I’m going to be very reticent." Clyburn has taken several hundred thousand dollars in contractor donations since 2007, and he’s not alone.
We’ve got to let them know we will hold them accountable.
The new law requires the deficit committee to recommend ways to cut the federal deficit by a certain dollar amount, and that means if they don't cut in one area, they will cut in another. The war profiteers only care about their profits, and they will do anything to protect them, including pushing Congress to cut a lifeline for tens of millions of people across the country.
Sign War Costs' letter to the deficit committee and tell them to cut war spending and protect Social Security and Medicare. We’re slugging it out every day with the contractors and their profit-protection scheme, and we need you with us.


Derrick Crowe, Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Foundation team

P.S. This effort is brought to you by an investigative fund created by Salon, Alternet and Brave New Foundation. Keep up with our future work by joining War Costs on Facebook.
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