Friday, May 11, 2007

The video on war profiteering Republicans don’t want you to see

[Via PoliticsTV.com] Progressive film director Robert Greenwald is scheduled to testify at a hearing on Thursday, May 10 about war profiteering. He requested to show a few minutes of one of his films, but Republicans blocked his request. Here’s what Congress won’t see:



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bush is the Republicans' Jimmy Carter. It will be at least 20 years before I ever vote for a Republican again.

bitterbean said...

Send this to your Congress person NOW!

feedmashr.com said...

this kind of thing is at the heart of the politics of war. Even the humorful and ironic treatments of the war by folks like Jon Stewart gloss over this core issue.

Bush is simply a salesman.

Anonymous said...

Of course it makes you mad. That is the design of a documentary. Far 911 makes us mad. That does not make it accurate, but it gets you angry. First of all the title starts off calling the guy progressive. That is the new term for Liberal. They know liberal is a bad word. That pisses me off the most. Here is the real deal. The military budget was reduced significantly before the war. It started before desert storm with Bush Sr. and was carried on by Clinton. The idea being that there are services that are only needed as the war is taking place and that overhead is not needed during times of peace in an effort to save money. For years the government has been accused of waist. Spending too much for normal items, they always bring up the $80 dollar ashtrays that the navy purchased (they were shatter proof so they would not break on a sub under an attack and cause glass would not mess anything up). So part of the reduction in bases and military support included having contractors for non combat support roles so that the government does not have to pay the overhead for these people when the are not needed. Yes they make 150k for two years work, but they don't have insurance from the government, retirement, any benefits, and they are temps, if they are killed the government owes them nothing and it is their choice to do it. These are folks willing to take the risk for a quick buck. The same folks that fish for crabs. It is way cheaper. The government has proven how much money they have saved compared to having the military doing it. It is new and it works but had some hiccups in the beginning when people were screwing the system because the process was not audited early enough. Haliburtons job is to find companies to do the work the company needs. Some of the companies haliburton contracted cheat the system and fudge the bills (like many contractor would once they figured out they could, look at some of the scum bags who build our houses and how much mark up they get away with), Once the books were audited, Haliburton payed much of the missing money back and paid fines to the government. They are currently suing a bunch of the companies. The military does not like this anymore than you would if your job went to India and you got laid off. But the bottom line is they have to reduce the federal budget. Military spending is huge. This process works.