As We Privatize Health Care and Education, GOP Hawks Look to Subsidize Pentagon Bloat

Updated on January 17, 2017

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Wants to Boost Defense Spending

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wants to add a half trillion dollars to the defense budget over the next five years, reports POLITICO.
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wants to add a half trillion dollars to the defense budget over the next five years, reports POLITICO.

Our Healthcare and Education Systems Will Crumble, but the Tanks Will be Shiny...

While Trump is a blathering blowhard, the most infuriating breed in Congress is the Republican defense hawk. These so-called conservatives are quick to call for the privatization of healthcare and education, choosing to repeal Obamacare and shift public school funding toward vouchers and charter campuses, but seek to subsidize the growing bloat of Pentagon misspending. Usually found griping about the federal deficit and the number of people on welfare, these defense hawks have their heads in the sand when it comes to the corporate welfare Uncle Sam doles out to defense contractors. You would think that, with millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance if and when Obamacare is revoked, Republicans would try to avoid enraging the public by spending government money stupidly.

Apparently, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is not afraid of looking stupid. His latest suggestion raises questions about his mental faculties and whether or not octogenarians should remain legislators. In this current era of austerity, with most Republicans insisting that our federal government is going broke, McCain wants to spend more money on defense...after the Washington Post revealed that the Pentagon was wasting money hand over fist. In some instances, the military literally lost money. Only in a broken system would a military, which was the most amply funded in the world, be rewarded for wasteful spending and literally losing money by receiving more money.

In education, we are put through the wringer constantly to explain any lags in performance. Republicans, like Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, want to "help" our struggling public schools by taking some of their money and giving it to voucher programs and charter schools. The idea is that citizens should be able to hold underperforming public schools and districts accountable by letting parents "vote with their feet" and deprive those schools of attendance-based funding. For some reason, the GOP has yet to suggest any such option for defense spending. As a citizen sick of Pentagon bloat, shouldn't I be able to "vote with my feet" and choose to contribute to a private defense contractor instead of sending my tax dollars to the DoD?

With Republicans consistently insisting that "free market principles" will lead to greater government performance and accountability, why has the Department of Defense been completely excluded? It is unconscionable to suggest that removing money from social welfare programs and education will somehow bring about improved government performance, yet this is the thinking of too many self-proclaimed conservatives. If they were not hypocrites, they would also suggest such methods for improving the fiscal performance of our armed forces. By supporting increased defense spending, these so-called conservatives are reveling in hypocrisy and taking resources away from the struggling citizens who need them most.

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