EPA Suspends BP From New Federal Government Contracts

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 8:30 am

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a [...]

McCain/Graham/Ayotte Tour to Stop Defense Cuts Held at Defense Contractor Sites

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:15 pm

I don’t have a big problem with Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio holding a campaign event at the restaurant of a convicted drug smuggler. I think it’s amusing because of their criminal justice perspective, but he did his time and righted himself, and we don’t give enough second chances to ex-felons in this country. It [...]

Defense Contractors Plan to Go Forward With Layoff Notices

By: Friday August 10, 2012 9:35 am

It looks like several defense contractors will side with high-profile Republicans and ignore the Department of Labor guidance, and send out layoff notices to thousands of their employees four days before the election. At least two contractors will press ahead: Despite administration warnings that notices related to sequestration were unnecessary, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & [...]

Republicans Encourage Defense Contractors to Issue Layoff Notices Before the Election

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 11:44 am

Defense contractors have come up with a particularly devious way to undermine the automatic cuts to the military budget in a way that could impact the Presidential election. Under the Worker Adjustment, Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act of 1988, government employees must be notified 60 days in advance of any layoffs. Defense contractors are taking [...]

Fiscal Slope Stories: Defense Industry Propaganda and the Dangers of “Tax Reform”

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 6:16 am

Kevin G. Hall in McClatchy amps up the pressure over the fiscal cliff by claiming, with some anecdata, that it’s already impacting housing. Both major political parties talk a good game on the need to help create jobs. But their refusal to agree on a plan to stop the government from going over a “fiscal [...]

Military-Industrial Complex Doles Out Threats on Trigger Cuts

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 12:14 pm

I noted this morning that some defense establishmentarians have reached the “bargaining stage” on the trigger cuts, trying to get out of the situation with minimal albeit tangible damage to the military budget. Not everyone is there yet. Witness Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, today suggesting that trigger cuts will start [...]

Defense Trigger Cuts Would Also Hit War in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:17 am

A widely noticed article yesterday suggested that some Republicans would be willing to look at revenue-raising closures of tax loopholes to avoid the automatic cuts to defense programs, the so-called “trigger.” All of this caterwaul over returning military spending to 2007 levels, especially when ending no-bid contracts could pretty simply counteract the procurement cuts completely, [...]

NBC Willfully Undermines Chris Hayes With Today Show Segment

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:03 pm

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I haven’t fully weighed in on Chris Hayes’ segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I’m not sure I have to. Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative, says most of what needs to be [...]

Public Wants Deeper Cuts to Defense Budget Than Even the Trigger

By: Friday May 11, 2012 11:35 am

Lost in yesterday’s House vote to replace the defense trigger cuts is that the public actually wants to cut the defense budget by even more than what’s contemplated in those cuts. Ask your average American whether the defense budget should go up or down in 2013, and by how much, and they’ll tell you to [...]

Congress Returns to Cut Safety Net Spending to Save Defense Contractors

By: Monday May 7, 2012 7:34 am

Like me, Congress was out of town last week. I guess the main difference is that they get 20 or so of these a year and I get one, but no matter. Today, at least, we start from the same position. And so what do they have planned for the next few days? Well, in [...]

Debunking the Arguments Against Cutting the Military Budget

By: Monday January 9, 2012 11:02 am

With the release of the Defense Strategic Guidance detailing a scaling back of military financing, the usual suspects have come around to condemn the cuts. Now, let’s set aside for a moment the fact that there are no cuts to the military budget planned in this document. This would just slow the rate of growth [...]

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