The upcoming "sequestration" this Friday originated in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Since Congress can't agree on anything, they passed a bill for automatic budget cuts starting this Friday of $85 billion this year. Cutting the bloated Empire's budget is a good thing if you ask me. Starve the beast. But of course Democrats and Militarists are crying wolf about the devastating results of budget cuts, especially the militarists.
Writers such as William Bennett are calling the military budget cuts "disastrous", catastrophic and the like, citing Leon Panetta, Sens. John McCain, and Lindsey Graham.
" Sen. Graham said the full brunt of these cuts would mean "no more F-35s (Hurrah!), no more modern fighters" and "it means that those who are serving in the military will be sent off to future wars ill-equipped and unprepared."
What a crock. Have you seen the Pentagon budget lately? Here is the 2007 budget compared to the 15 next highest spending countries. (Note: it is now higher than the entire world combined. Are we safe yet?)
And of course they trot out the old reliable job loss canard, which is very effective since they use pork to allocate military jobs to all 50 states: "The remainder of the cuts will fall on the Defense Department's wide network of contractors. In a recent study, the Aerospace Industries Association found that the sequester cuts could eliminate more than 2 million jobs and add 1.5% to the unemployment rate." (from Bennett article)
Nothing could be further from the truth. Let me introduce you to the late Seymour Melman, who should have a revered place in American History: Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering, Columbia University, Chairman of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament, and Advisory Board, National Jobs for All Coalition.
He was the champion of "Economic Conversion", which is the conversion of military factories to civilian use, which was going to happen when the cold war ended, and we got the "peace dividend" since the Soviet Union collapsed, and we had no more major enemy. LOL! The Military-Industrial complex couldn't let that happen, they had to invent another enemy (terrorism), and fill the populace with fear, to keep the gravy train flowing in their direction. This is a bipartisan affair by the way. See "Why We Fight" a film by Vermonter Eugene Jarecki, for more details.
Another thing about economic conversion that proves the utter rubbish of the military jobs argument is the fact that study after study confirms that civilian spending creates far more jobs per dollar than military spending. Melman's own studies proved this and a recent study by PERI at UMass repeated the same findings:
If you want to download the original article you can find it here: The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities by Robert Pollin& Heidi Garrett-Peltier"
Every sector produces more jobs per dollar than military spending, so let's not have any more crocodile tears for all the lost military jobs... it's nonsense.