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With less than two weeks to go before $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will be triggered on March 1st, now is the time to pull the pork from the Pentagon so we can protect priorities like education, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, NOT Pentagon contractors.

The top five Pentagon contractor CEOs make more than Wall Street CEOs. They're building weapon systems we don't need and protecting their profits with an army of lobbyists. This is our money going directly to $20 million CEO salaries and lobbyists galore.

Already, over 80,000 USAction members have taken action to pull the pork from the Pentagon. Will you help us reach 90,000 by adding your name to the petition too?

With a deadline of March 1st right around the corner, we're ramping up our campaign to rein in runaway Pentagon spending. On Wednesday 2/27, we’re holding a Pull the Pork from the Pentagon National Day of Action with events across the country including in Washington, D.C. where we are taking the fight to Lockheed Martin's doorstep with a rally outside their offices.

And we have a fun surprise that we hope will garner some media attention, so we can put a spotlight on all the pork in the Pentagon. That’s right, we’re going to have a giant inflatable pig to represent all the wasteful Pentagon spending in the budget. So if you are in DC, you should come and check it out!

We've also launched a new great website where visitors can download posters, fact sheets and even delicious pork recipes -- and find event information or organize their own! Click here to check out PullThePork.org.

Our actions will turn up the heat on Pentagon spending around the country by keeping it in the public eye and demanding that Congress rein in wasteful Pentagon spending. Click here to add your name.

83% of Lockheed Martin's sales come from you and me, the American taxpayer. And they lobby day in and day out to protect their profits on wasteful programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has a total cost estimated at $1.5 trillion!1

We've fought for years to cut this massive piece of pork from Lockheed Martin. The F-35 is an over-budget and unnecessary warplane. Even former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the F-35 an “unnecessary and extravagant expense.”2

The F-35 is the perfect example of the massive waste and abuse throughout the Pentagon budget. But it’s just one example. Their budget is full of wasteful programs lining the pockets of contractor CEOs and lobbyists.

Lobbyists representing fat cat Pentagon contractors are already circling the halls of Congress to ensure they get the best deal. Now it’s time Congress heard from the People too. Join over 80,000 USAction members as we call on Congress to pull the pork from the Pentagon.

During last week’s State of the Union Address, President Obama warned that there were those in Washington who were working hard to prevent only the Pentagon cuts from going into effect on March 1st, preferring to cut from Medicare and Social Security instead.3 So it wasn't surprising when just days later, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on Fox News Sunday to propose cutting Obamacare to protect Pentagon pork.4

It’s just simple math. When everyone is being asked to tighten their belt and make do with less, we can't keep paying for things we don’t need and can’t afford so that we can pay for the things we do — like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Let’s rein in wasteful Pentagon spending for good. Sign the petition to pull the pork from the Pentagon today!

Sources:

1 - "F-35 Total Costs Soar to $1.5 Trillion; Lockheed Defends Program," AOL Defense, March 30, 2012

2 - "Misplaced Priorities in the F-35 Engine Debate," Center for American Progress, June 17, 2011

3 - "Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address," the New York Times, February 12, 2013

4 - "Sen. Lindsey Graham: Sacrifice Obamacare to avoid sequester," the Huffington Post, February 17, 2013

Originally posted to USAction on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:23 PM PST.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  No more Pentagon waste (2+ / 0-)
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    greenbell, Mr Robert

    Great campaign! We need to focus on cutting Pentagon waste so we can fund our priorities!

  •  This is a joint project with Peace Action (1+ / 0-)
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    greenbell

    in coalition there is strength.

    There are a lot of good diaries here on DKos relating to these issues, such as
    this one

    "Budget sequester or no, Pentagon still will spend like a drunken sailor to fight 20th century wars "
     by Meteor Blades.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:34:31 PM PST

  •  Pentagon CEOs don't have $20 mil salaries (0+ / 0-)

    What they have are $20 million of total compensation of which 80% are likely stock options, which are not a cash expense, and don't cost the Pentagon anything. Their actual salaries are likely $1-3 million because only the first $1 million is deductible for tax purposes. When executives execute stock options the companies actually receive cash for the payment of the underlying shares, thereby offsetting any cash payments for salaries and bonuses. There may be good reasons to cut unneeded weapons systems, and other Pentagon spending, but executive cash compensation isn't one of them. The total cash compensation for the entire senior management at these big Pentagon contractors is less than 1% of total expenses of the corporation.

    Given that the sequester is days away it isn't possible to shift heavier cuts to defense. However, I do think that a different, and smaller, set of cuts could have been negotiated, if revenues were not a pre-condition for a new deal.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:42:24 PM PST

  •  Not one cent for the Pentagon (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert

    Until the needs of people at home are funded.  What difference does it make if someone thousands of miles away wants to kill us if we let Americans die for lack of food, shelter and healthcare?

  •  I just lost my job writing software for the Pent- (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mr Robert

    agon.

    But I'd have to say that Social Security, Medicare, and education ARE more important.

  •  Umm. Can I have the pulled pork? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    starfu

    I prefer a molasses-base sauce if you don't mind. And cole slaw!

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 02:06:31 PM PST

  •  The Pentagon is not a legislative body, (0+ / 0-)

    last I heard. It can't authorize or appropriate funds.

    It does have a big parking lot though, and legislators can be dicks, whereas Pentagon guards are generally polite.

    Knock yourselves out.  

  •  I favor cuts, even though (0+ / 0-)

    I work for a major contractor to the Pentagon and other government departments. I can't support the sequestration approach though, unless it really is the only way to get it done. Certainly, my employer has been trying to get its employees to rally against the sequester.

    I think the prudent thing for me to do would be to write to my representative, who is a freshman member of Congress, and let him know that if he supports cuts based on national priorities, and doesn't just focus on protecting local beneficiaries of defense dollars, including me, I will support him.

    I can only hope that those cuts cost me my job, but if the country will be better off for it, I can accept it.

    "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

    by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 08:59:06 PM PST

  •  FIASCO (0+ / 0-)

    The most infuriating part of the F-35 fiasco is that, like most machines promoted as being able to Do It All, it does nothing well and fails at much.  

    The Army got screwed the most in the deal in that through committing to the airplane, the Air Force moved even further away from directly supporting real Soldiers in real gunfights in the real world in favor of preparing themselves for some fantastic, Star Wars/Top Gun/Battle of Britain-inspired clash of All the World's Fighter Jets against the besieged USAF.

    Our most urgent real airpower needs (dedicated Close Air Support) could be met by existing, off-the-shelf weaponry that would cost a laughably small percentage (to buy, operate, and maintain) of what the F-35 does.  But that also involves fewer congressional districts and fewer maintenance/supply contracts, and so was clearly never a serious course of action.

    The F-35 boondoggle may well prove to be the single most wasteful, ineffective weapons program in American military history.  

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