Many know the phrase, “just follow the money.” It is mainly used when certain decisions or actions of prominent individuals don’t make sense – in other words, they were paid to decide a particular way or do a particular thing. With ten Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voting to attack Syria, a Maplight.org analysis revealed that those ten Senators “received 83% more campaign contributions from defense contractors than the seven senators who voted against it.”
According to the Daily Caller:
Examining data from 2007 to 2012, the analysts found that the average senator who voted “yes” on the authorization of the use of military force took $72,850 (on average) from defense contractors and other defense industry interests. Senators who voted “no” received just $39,770 on average.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain led the pack among those in favor, raking in about $176,000 from defense interests over five years. Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin garnered $127,000 from the defense industry, followed by Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who picked up a cool $101,000.
The defense industry’s favorite among the “nays,” Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, received just $86,000, about half the money provided to McCain. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took in $63,000 and voted “no,” as did Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, despite receiving $59,000.
None of the other four Senators who voted “no” received over $20,000 in defense donations.
Next year’s projected $52 billion in sequester-mandated cuts to the Pentagon has defense contractors spooked. Frank Kendall, the DoD official in charge of acquisitions and technology, told the Washington Post last week that they were already examining which contracts would have to be cut.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen next year, and I don’t want to make major commitments to contracts that we may terminate once we get into [fiscal20]14,” he said. “We’re going to have to make some hard choices, I think, in the next few weeks about what we do with some of our programs.”
Kendall did not comment on whether impending military action in Syria, which still awaits full congressional approval, would change the Pentagon’s calculations.
Of course Kendall wouldn’t comment on whether impending military action in Syria would change the calculations. Interesting timing on the “impending military action” wouldn’t you say? Does anyone honestly believe any of these senators actually decided to vote “yes” to military action solely based on Obama’s whim and the use of chemical weapons in Syria? More than likely each senator voting “yes” stands to benefit monetarily somehow from a war.
The more information that is coming out in light of an attack on Syria, coupled with the previous information exposing those inside the Beltway as “out of touch” and treasonous, should have the “pot boiling over” by now. It’s obvious who is “guiding” our elected officials – special interest groups, of which the Global Elite can be classified.
Our government has ceased to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is now a government of the powerful, by the special interest and for the money. The United States has become a “stooge” and “mercenary” for the highest bidder. I would say this is a definite example of “money talks and bull**** walks.”
This is what happens when government strays from the law of the land. By bending and circumventing law, the law becomes obscure, then invisible, and “making things up as you go” becomes the norm. The lie becomes the truth; and, the truth becomes a problem. Those who seek the truth, expose it and speak it now become the adversary, instead of upholders of the law of the land.
It’s hard for the American people to exert influence over their elected representatives when money out shouts the common voice and ensures a continued seat in a position of power.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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