David Sirota at Jacobin Reports:
"As the Senate today considers Bernie Sanders’s legislation to reduce the Pentagon budget, a new government report shows that the Defense Department has been funneling hundreds of billions of dollars to corporations that regulators have “cited for willful or repeated safety, health or fair labor standards violations.”
Nearly one out of every $10 spent on Pentagon contracts has gone to such corporations, reports the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a study of contracts between 2015 and 2019.
While those 727 companies represent only about 1 percent of all firms doing business with the Pentagon, they receive $208 billion worth of contracts — or 12 percent of all the department’s contract obligations. The companies “represent a range of industries, including manufacturing; professional, scientific, and technical services; and construction,” according to GAO.
In all, the agency found more than 2,150 willful or repeated violations of workplace safety laws, and nearly 5,200 willful or repeated violations of wage laws."
Kevin Kurian at NYUNews reports:
"Taxpayers are forced to subsidize grossly incompetent companies as well, even when they have a record of substandard work. One instance of this was when KBR, formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, collected $204 million dollars from the federal government in exchange for electrical work on military bases in Iraq. Twelve service members died as a direct result of KBR’s poor engineering, including a Green Beret soldier who died not in battle, but from shoddy electrical wiring in his shower. This tragedy is underscored by KBR continuously receiving most of its revenue from government contracts.
Abridging rising military expenditures largely fueled by private contractors should not be a partisan issue. Giving hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars to military contractors in exchange for overpriced, third-rate services is unacceptable."
The United States spends a profane amount of money on the military, police budgets, and incarceration, while practicing inhumane austerity on social spending. This is the concrete foundation of the national protests happening today. America has become a military/police state with 22% of the world's prison population locked in its increasingly private prison system.
The Monthly Review Writes:
"Is all the extra spending on police made necessary by lawlessness on the streets? If you listen to political leaders or the corporate media, you might think so. But the constant law and order fearmongering by politicians, and the prominence given to dramatic stories about crime in the news, don’t reflect reality. In the U.S., crime rates have been declining for decades. Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show a 71 percent drop in violent crime and a 69 percent drop in property crime between 1993 and 2018."
The military industrial complex and in turn the policing/incarceration industrial complex have become America's biggest, most corrupt growth industries over the last 30 years. And now Trump is blurring the line between the military and community policing. Soon American citizens who dare protest will be housed in private for profit concentration camps.
Soon we'll be at peak capitalism, jailing, for profit, those that dare dissent against capitalism's corruption and failure.