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If a chained CPI is foisted upon seniors to curb their annual budgets, why can't the Department of Defense's bloated military budget have a similar burden placed upon it?

It seems that every year, despite promises to the contrary, the budget of the Pentagon and the Department of Defense grows by leaps and bounds while seniors are obliged to pull crumbs off their tittle of resources to feed the fat military and the other giants of finance who feed luxuriantly off our economy:

Of the many facts that have come to light in the scandal involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus, among the most curious was that during his days as a four-star general, he was once escorted by 28 police motorcycles as he traveled from his Central Command headquarters in Tampa to socialite Jill Kelley’s mansion. Although most of his trips did not involve a presidential-size convoy, the scandal has prompted new scrutiny of the imperial trappings that come with a senior general’s lifestyle.

The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir..

The elite regional commanders who preside over large swaths of the planet don’t have to settle for Gulfstream V jets. They each have a C-40, the military equivalent of a Boeing 737, some of which are configured with beds.

Then, there is the man who calls himself Peter George Peterson, a man worth nearly $3 billion but that's not enough for Mr. "Peterson". He wants the resources of Social Security and Medicare in his pocket as well. And he has the access to media to pull it off:
I have been posting about the media enablers of Pete Peterson's war on social security and Medicare since 2010.... Do you think it is appropriate that a billionaire hedge fund owner who has dedicated his life to the destruction of social security and Medicare is permitted to insinuate his think tank policy positions into news reporting and commentary at the Washington Post without that influence being disclosed in a disclaimer? How exactly does this comply with so-called journalistic ethics and standards? Shouldn't the media establishment be policing propaganda in hard news reporting? Or is "Foxification" of the news now complete? .... The American people have the right to full disclosure of the relationship between deficit hysteria groups like Pete Peterson's and others who want to destroy social security and Medicare and supposedly objective news organizations, like the Washington Post, that publish their propaganda as news.
Ah, the never ending class war. But I cannot afford to be blasé about it .... because I am standing in the immediate sights of the muzzle-loading shotgun of the bigshots in class warfare.

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders and The Royal Manticoran Rangers.

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  •  I suggested the same thing for Congress, (5+ / 0-)

    the next time they want a salary increase.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:10:21 PM PST

  •  Chained CPI (3+ / 0-)

    on all government salaries from POTUS on down to the local postman. Better yet make a law that all executive salaries not tied to the chained CPI should be 90% taxable.
    The military budget? Absolutely!

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 02:17:50 PM PST

  •  I happened to (1+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp

    be looking at the website today, USGovSpending.com and on there they showed the budgeted spending from 2012 -2017.

    Things I noticed.
    Defense was down each year,going from 700 billion to 580 billion by 2017.
    SS spending goes up every year,from around 700 billion to 900 billion by 2017.
    Medicare goes up similar to SS.

    I think the Defense dept would love the 12 billion/yr decrease that SS appears to take under this plan.

    I think it is proper that we get a peace dividend as Afghanistan winds down,finally.
    But, looking at these projected numbers shows the rapid increase in the total program costs for SS and Medicare. I agree that we need to spend it,but it does dwarf all other items on the list.

    •  I'm delighted (0+ / 0-)

      that Defense is schedule to take some cuts.  And more power to them if they're sneaking it in under the wire.

      Defense could stand to be cut by 50% over two decades, if we could do it quietly and gradually so that the civilian economy can absorb the manpower that is laid off.  Unfortunately, we have practiced "military Keynesism" for so long that we have to be very careful in this.  Providing alternative government jobs programs is really necessary; something to assist in the shift from military to civilian expenditure without expecting the Private Sector to pick up the slack, as we know damned well they won't do that.  Shifting to domestic investment expenditure, however, would assure that we at least get something for our money instead of throwing it away as we do with the military.

  •  class warfare (1+ / 0-)
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    jabney

    you said it

    i guess it's the same old same old:

    those who have and some who have so much that they're worth more than some nations-states, and

    those who earn only enough to stay alive/keep the family together, i.e. working people

    and (except for those lucky souls who have some special talent, intellect) that means wage slaves

    so when are they going to act on their self interest?
    when are the people going to stop allowing themselves to be beguiled by the vicarious excitement of tv, videos, sports coverage?

    one thing i think off the table as a method of keeping the people down: a new war, with a draft

  •  Love it, KHB! (0+ / 0-)

    YES WE DID -- AGAIN. FOUR MORE YEARS.

    by raincrow on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:06:40 PM PST

  •  That's a good question (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, I propose that all Congressional Reps now be paid based on a chained CPI.  If it's good enough for us then it should be good enough for them.  Don't like it.  Then find another job!

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:22:52 PM PST

  •  Love the title TnR (0+ / 0-)

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:32:22 PM PST

  •  It needs to be cut a lot more than that. (0+ / 0-)

    In 2000, it was $300 billion. Even if you adjust for non-chained CPI, that's only $400 billion in today's dollars.

    Now it's $700 billion. A 75% increase. We need to cut hundreds of billions of dollars per year.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:14:09 PM PST

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