There were two amazingly contradictory votes in the U. S. Senate on Thursday. First, the Senate has passed a $662 billion defense authorization bill for 2012 that includes $527 billion for the Pentagon’s annual base budget. Approved by a 93-7 vote, the legislation also provides $117 billion for war spending.
The same day, the Senate voted 51-49 to reject a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut- a cut that would put an additional $1500 in the pockets of the average working citizen of this nation.
Guns or butter?
The Republican Party, it should be noted, voted nearly unanimously against the tax cut for workers. Only one Republican voted yes.
So, is this continual pattern of voting for guns, not butter, placing our nation at greater risk from internal negative forces than any external, foreign threat to this nation? I think so.
What good is the latest supersonic fighter jet when millions of Americans find that they cannot cope with rising food, fuel and grocery costs? How will the latest high-tech submarine help millions of Americans hold onto their home or to their job?
How will $117 billion for war spending put butter on the table of tens of millions of American dinner tables?
You tell me! We’ve allowed the Generals everything that they want, all of the goodies to play their war games, while throwing crumbs at The People! That scenario surely portends a much greater disaster, far more than some dopey 15th century al Qaeda group operating in the distant mountains of Afghanistan.
The outrage at all of this?
Great silence across the land. As usual.