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GOP's Border 'Surge' Really a Defense Contractor 'Splurge'


Business  (tags: Bipartisan Immigration Bill, last minute concession to GOP, border security plan, big spending, defense contractors, more agents, more fencing, more drones )

Judy
- 440 days ago - latimes.com
The border security plan not only calls for nearly $30 billion for additional boots on the ground, it also provides nearly $4.5 billion for additional technology and equipment. Some items actually have to be purchased from specific defense contractors.



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Roseann D. (178)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:24 pm
HEY, I thought we were beyond broke...at least that's what the GOP keeps telling us. I guess we found some pocket change just laying around for this....Not like it couldn't be used foreducation, infrastructure....PAYING BACK Social Security, ending the sequestration....and other essential, necessary things for a healthy society.
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:36 pm
Dang, Roseann, that wouldn't be any fun for the Republicans. They have to be hatin' on someone, and making sure those defense contractors have enough business!
 

Alan Lambert (91)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
If the GOP couldn't grease their favorite their defense contractors and turn every action into their very own Christmas tree, they wouldn't be of any use to ANYONE.
 

AntiTeapublican Progressive News (89)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:31 pm
The TEApublicans can always find money if military is involved.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:11 pm
noted, thanks!
 

Laurie H. (714)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 10:14 pm
Thanks for sharing and informing, Judy!!!~
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:09 am
Anyone can see it's like hallitburton all over again.
 

Tim C. (1881)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:58 am
ty
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:06 pm
Further evidence of this 'fleecing of America' is the fact that the Hunt Brothers own lots of border land in Texas, and they got a 'variance', so there is No fence closing the border, on their property!
 

Dianna M. (13)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:13 pm
O M G WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT Hey, look at AAAALL these cool toys, let's charge it to our American Taxpayer Express card! What? It's not like we have to pay for it out of our OWN pockets!
 

Barbara K. (84)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:16 pm
That is what the Republibaggers do. They don't take care of us, or the infrastructure, or the sick and elderly, or the children. They are out to line their own pockets. That is it. If it isn't making money for them, we can starve to death in the streets for all they care. Picture "Soylent Green", the old movie.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:57 pm
Noted.!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 3:09 pm
Thanks for posting this, Judy....sorry I'm out of stars for you today.
Yes, the bill for immigration reform that came out of the Senate is just a very bad bill....a cash cow for corporate contractors that will create an ongoing system of revenue for decades to come. The unmanned drones cost us taxpayers $3200 an hr.....and, yesterday, Democracy Now headlined, "U.S. Border Patrol Considers Using Weaponized Drones"....which would then push it up another notch. The short article stated: In a "report submitted to Congress in 2010," the agency's not only planning to increase the number of drones, but is also considering equipping them with "non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize [targets of interest]." The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against DHS in order to obtain more info about drone use.

So, what the House will now do, is hem-and-haw for awhile....while mainstream media reports how cruel and inhumane it is for Congress not to pass immigration. They'll diminish the financial aspects of militarizing the border, and play their role for the corrupt MIC. The House will then pass it intact with probably more money for "the wall" while convoluting the immigration process so badly it will be a horrendous tangled behemoth.
Hey, didn't the entire world cheer a couple decades ago when that wall was brought down in Germany? Heavy sigh.
 

Phil P. (91)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 5:45 pm
This is such a blatant give away but the Retughs have their heads so far up their asses they don't think anyone will notice. One of these days the poor slobs who've been swallowing their swill all these years will wake up. Hopefully it'll be in Nov '2014 and we can get these assholes out of the House and Senate as well as the State legislatures, starting in Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin and all below the Mason-Dixson line.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:22 pm
This is a bunch of crap. They need to stop their spending, now! Thanks Judy
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:09 pm
None of these contractors should be allowed to be associated with anyone in anyway in a government seat! Noted!
 

Deborah W. (6)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:44 pm
Is anyone open-minded enough to view a documentary, filmed in-the-trenches (on the borders) about what's really going on, not through the eyes of the career politicians and much of the media.but your own.

They Come To America II ... by Dennis Michael Lynch.

THEY defined ... you might just be surprised!
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:23 am
Defense contractor splurge is putting mildly. This is going to be another blazing waste of money that could be put towards much more effective and constructive uses as opposed to lining the pockets of yet another contractor that will be paid too much for doing too little (like nothing at all). My blood's boiling again. Gotta go. Thanks Judy!
 
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