In a move that’s sure to surprise nobody who’s paid close attention to how the military-industry complex operates, Congress has approved military campaigns against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, which could cost anywhere from $18 billion to $22 billion a year.
It should also surprise nobody that the air campaign so far has been ineffective in Syria, but may have helped the Kurdish Peshmerga take back a few villages in Iraq. In the grand scheme of military projects, approving $22 billion for a bombing campaign isn’t a lot of money, but there’s an unseen dimension here.
Back in February, there was a headline that has since faded from memory, lost in the wake of other major news stories shaking our country: Starving America: Farm Bill Passes With $8.7 Billion in GOP Food Stamp Cuts
It’s official: 850,000 households across the country are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-32 to send the 2014 Farm Bill – which includes an $8.7 billion cut to food stamps – to President Obama’s desk. Nine Democrats opposed the bill, and 46 members of the Democratic caucus voted for it, joining 22 Republicans.”
Here we are, getting ready to spend up to $22 billion dollars for an ineffective bombing run in Syria and a marginally effective one in Iraq, when we couldn’t even afford $8.7 billion in a social safety net that protects our weakest from the Social Darwinists who believe in full-throttle hypercapitalistic social cancer. They justified it, and their continued assault on the American working class, by saying the Federal government has no money (because of the debt).
They couldn’t find the money then to pay for the social programs that keep us from devolving into a predatory jungle, but it’s funny how they have no problem finding the money to authorize a vague bombing campaign that’s unlikely to succeed by any sort of genuine metric now.
Small government, huh?