America held hostage
People were surprised that the GOP agreed to even the possibility of defense cuts, but now their overall strategy becomes clear, and is well-exemplified by this NAM “study:” we’ll simply scare the populace into undoing the defense portion of the deal, while keeping the cuts in social spending. To do this, the defense establishment, to put it bluntly, is holding a gun to the head of the American workforce. “Maintain our funding,” say Raytheon and McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed Martin, “or else the workers get it!” At the same time, they and their media mouthpieces terrorize the American people with dire predictions of a weakened America, unable to stem the dark hordes at our borders, or control “our” resources overseas. “Maintain defense funding,” bark the right-wing pundits, “or else our granddaughters will wear burkas!”
Cynical manipulation? Oh yeah. Baldfaced deception? You betcha. Likely to succeed? No doubt—unless enough of us insist that the defense establishment, which has benefited so very handsomely from the deficit spending of the past, must be made to take their fair share of the budget-cutting pain.