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Eleven Reasons Overthrowing the Government Would Fix the Economy

Eleven Reasons Overthrowing the Government Would Fix the Economy

“With revolutions all across the Arab world, riots spreading through Europe, and the continued persistence of the economic downturn, it seems like everyone’s coming to the consensus that perhaps the situation has become so unthinkably bad that previously unthinkable solutions might be necessary.  Government solutions to catastrophic economic collapse have rarely been neat or pretty, but at least in the past they tried to do something bold and mostly succeeded – as opposed to our modern Congress who apparently can’t even agree on the fact that they are responsible enough to spend any money.”

“So how about we propose a tiny, modest, infinitesimal alteration: just overthrow the whole f’n thing and start from scratch.  After all, it’s the young, well educated millennials that are getting the hardest shaft from the downturn, and it’s the young, educated and unemployed who start revolutions.  There’s not much else that will kick off a revolution faster than grinding poverty and an excess of free time, especially when you add in upward of $100,000 in student loan debt, piled on in pursuit of what ended up being an empty promise given by baby boomers who have their healthcare paid for by the government, but pale with horror when their children demand the same.  So whether we completely re-write the Constitution (which we can totally do by the way), or violently storm the capital, here are 10 ways in which overthrowing the government would help get the economy back on its feet…”

FIND THE FIRST 10 REASONS HERE:

http://tinyurl.com/4xzzedx

THE 11TH REASON IS THIS:

The U.S. Air Force paid Lockheed Martin – the federal contractor that is first in funding, first in fraud, and principal beneficiary of the $1 trillion F-35 boondoggle that eclipsed their F-22 disaster – about 412 million taxpayer dollars each for their problem-plagued and now program-cancelled F-22 fighter jets.  With some 170 [Cr|R]aptors still “in service” – but never once used in combat anywhere in the world – that’s over 70 billion taxpayer dollars paid to Lockheed for planes that have been absolutely useless militarily.  And what did our Pentagon decide to do last week to remedy the situation?  Why, GIVE LOCKHEED MARTIN ANOTHER $7.4 BILLION to “upgrade” their grounded F-22 fleet, of course!

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Lockheed Martin: First in Federal Funding, First in Government Fraud

Lockheed Martin: First in Federal Funding, First in Government Fraud

Part 1 of 4: Lockheed Martin, First in Federal Funding

Lockheed Martin is by many measures the U.S. government’s top contractor, raking in $16.7 billion in new contracts related to “IT products and services, systems integration, telecommunications, professional services and engineering services” in 2010 alone:

http://tinyurl.com/4vc7aez

And that is only a fraction of what they bank as the top defense contractor at the Pentagon, where on any given day they announce billions in new contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin and other members of the Military Industrial Complex:

http://www.defense.gov/Contracts/archive.aspx

Part 2 of 4: Lockheed Martin, First in Government Fraud

Lockheed Martin also ranks #1 in the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) of the Project On Government Oversight  (POGO) – a toothless Washington watchdog – with 57 documented cases of fraud and other illegal activities since 1995:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm

Lockheed Martin routinely pays fines, penalties and settlements measured in the millions.  That may create a false sense of accountability in the public’s eye, but with trillions in federal contracts at stake it’s a small price to pay:

http://tinyurl.com/3oa3osr

Part 3 of 4: For Lockheed Martin, Uncle Sam is Much More Than Just a Valued Customer

“When Lockheed Martin wanted to sell C-130 military transport planes to the government of Chad in early 2007, the U.S. embassy in N’Djamena was ready to lend a hand. Nevermind that, by the embassy’s own reckoning, the Chadian government probably could not afford the planes, was dishonest about their purpose and planned to use the aircraft to crush a pro-democracy rebellion. ‘Our conclusion is that, like it or not, our interests line up in favor of allowing the sale in some form to go forward,’ the then-ambassador wrote to the State Department.”

http://tinyurl.com/4db7pbd

Part 4 of 4: For Americans, Lockheed Martin is Much More Than Just a Defense Contractor

“Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you?  No?  Then you haven’t been paying much attention.  Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.”

“True, Lockheed Martin doesn’t actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well.  After all, it received $36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history.  It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.  It’s involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service.”

“Oh, and Lockheed Martin has even helped train those friendly Transportation Security Administration agents who pat you down at the airport. Naturally, the company produces cluster bombs, designs nuclear weapons, and makes the F-35 Lightning (an overpriced, behind-schedule, underperforming combat aircraft that is slated to be bought by customers in more than a dozen countries) – and when it comes to weaponry, that’s just the start of a long list. In recent times, though, it’s moved beyond anything usually associated with a weapons corporation and has been virtually running its own foreign policy, doing everything from hiring interrogators for U.S. overseas prisons (including at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq) to managing a private intelligence network in Pakistan and helping write the Afghan constitution.”

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