Skip to comments.Welfare State - Meet America's socialist military.
Posted on 07/30/2012 10:29:03 AM PDT by jessduntno
My note: - Rosa Brooks was an under secretary at the DOD. She just finished a two year stint. Her mother, Barbra Eherenrich, is a leader of the US Communist Party....
F. Scott Fitzgerald, meticulous chronicler of American social class, famously confided to Ernest Hemingway that "the rich are different from the rest of us."
"Yes," was Hemingway's laconic reply. "They have more money."
These days, the same could be said of the American military. Is the military different from the rest of us? Yes -- it has more money.
This is true in a multitude of ways. Start with the obvious: if we view military spending as synonymous with defense spending (which it's not, really, but pretend it is for now), boy, does it have more money. In 2011, the United States spent an estimated $768 billion on defense. Defense spending has gone down a tad since then -- by the time I ended a two-year stint as counselor to the under secretary of defense for policy in summer 2011, we were beginning to speak glumly of the coming age of austerity. But the Pentagon budget still dwarfs pretty much everything else. The poor little State Department, for instance, shared a measly $55 billion with USAID and numerous other international programs.
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“Trash from a RDDB. A Red Diaper Doper Baby.”
You mean the Under Secreary of Defense? I could just spit.
I’d prefer to dump the contents from a Port-a-John pumper truck on her.
“Id prefer to dump the contents from a Port-a-John pumper truck on her.”
My Dad and I used to drink at the VFW Hall with a guy named Doug who drove one of those for a living...he called it the “Honey Barge.” If you asked him how business was, he’d say “it sucked...but remember to stop and smell the roses.” Funny guy. He usually sat by himself.
“Are you suggesting that he had an aura about him? hehehe”
Good guy. No flies on Doug.