The “Virtual Border Fence” is another example of corporate, Military-Industrial Complex welfare. I am all for protecting our borders. I think that we need to shut our borders down.
“In announcing the resumption of a “virtual fence” on the U.S.-Mexican border yesterday, the Obama administration sent a powerful message of continuity with President George W. Bush..described a five-year, multibillion-dollar plan…”
Originally as envisioned by Bush 43 the project was to cost $7,600,000,000 (Billion), but its been (ahem) cut to $6,700,000,000. That kind of money seems like it would help a lot of homeowners, pay for healthcare and hire a ton of border agents. These are HUGE numbers so we need to lend a little perspective here – so let’s say we want to pay border agents $100,000 a year including benefits, that means that $6.7 Billion would hire 67,000 border agents. We could hire 67,000 border agents at $100 grand each!! Got that? 67,000 agents!! Think that would help the economy?
This is corporate welfare of the worst kind at a time when our country can’t afford it. Of course Boeing has its hand out.
V.1 of the border fence was a complete failure; “Between 1998 and 2005, the government spent $429 million on two border surveillance efforts that were so unreliable that only 1 percent of alarms led to arrests.” Uncle Sugar not being one to allow military contractors to go away empty handed though is willing to spend another $6,700,000,000 on V.2.
Why is there always enough money for high-tech gadgetry, but not enough money for the simple things? We blow hundreds of millions on Halliburton contracts, but can’t buy enough armored humvees. Blow billions on high-tech unproven, unnecessary jet fighters, but can’t give our troops clean water and safe showers. “A third U.S. service member has been determined to have been electrocuted in a shower in Iraq…”
Our guys and gals in overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan shouldn’t have to equip themselves from a Brigade Quartermaster catalog or rely on the kindness of friends and family. If you know someone that has served, than you know that they all have a wish list of what they need from ceramic plates for their vest to knives and shoes and food. My cousin had his stuff stolen and the government freaking billed him!!
How about employing a low cost, low tech solution that works or once. Ahh, but then there wouldn’t be so much money for the Boeings, Lorals and General Dynamics of the world now would there.
Have no doubt about it, this has more to do with corporate giveaways to the military-industrial complex than it does with border security. The Naval War College performed a study, “Time to Put the Military on the Border.” Some of the study’s conclusions are that “it is well documented that the U.S. Border Patrol is undermanned, under-equipped, and under-trained…”
So what do we do, do we hire more border agents, equip them better or train them more comprehensively? Of course not, the leaders of both political parties, Democrats and Republicans, Corporatists both to be sure, figure out a way to pad military contractors like Boeing.
And since we’re on the subject of military contractors ripping off taxpayers with the assistance of government tools, that shower story above, the contractor was KBR. How do you think KBR was punished? They weren’t. They were rewarded!!! “Military contractor KBR Inc. was paid $83.4 million in bonuses for electrical work in Iraq — much of it after the military’s contract management agency recognized the contractor was doing shoddy electrical work…”
Does that piss you off!?!?!? IT PISSES ME OFF TO NO END.
- We have banks that screwed up, that rape borrowers with bogus fees and what should be illegal interest rates and the taxpayers have to bail them out.
- We have car companies that screwed up, built cars no one wants to buy and the taxpayers end up giving them huge bailouts too. I think the taxpayer spoke when we didn’t buy enough of their cars.
- We have military contractors that can’t build a safe shower and they get bonuses.
- We have more military contractors who coudn’t build an effective border fence so they get more taxpayer money.
It makes me feel like checking out of the system altogether. We have to stop feeding that beast called government. I hate how my hard-earned money is being wasted by this beastly government.
Our goverment is out of control and unresponsive to the citizens that empower it to serve their interests!!
When in the course of human events….
Get outside everyday!!
I hope that you have a garden. You don’t need much space. These are some of the radishes that I grew. I also grew white radishes. You can get twice this amount of radishes from a four foot square area (2 * 2). You could even try to grow veggies in a container if you are so inclined.