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Poll: Does the Defense Industry Need a Super PAC to Defend Interests?

Former Rep. Duncan L. Hunter is part of Fight 4 America political action committee promotion.

promoted by former East County Rep. Duncan L. Hunter (father of the current congressman) calls the mission of Fight 4 America keeping “America's defenses strong, ready and able to defend our nation’s interests, and to ensure that the men and women in uniform who defend our country should be the best equipped, trained and supported in the world.” Super PACs can raise unlimited amounts of money to campaign for or against candidates or issues.  Fight 4 America is counting on the local defense industry to ante up.  But whose interests will it benefit?

Greg millard May 23, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Before one goes to battle one needs a a target which is an imminent threat, NOT a cause. We have now far too many 'causes' armed by the enthusiasm or religious rightousness - perhaps they should be the target? Let's univesally adopt the 'golden rule' and enforce that.
Batman May 23, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I know, we can just let the states run their own armies, navies and air forces. Think of the money the federal govt will save! California can afford it, by just doing away with the CHP and Cal Fire.
Jennifer Spencer May 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
A mission statement from Fight 4 America says the organization wants to keep "America's defenses strong, ready and able to defend our nation's interests, and to ensure that the men and women in uniform who defend our country should be the best equipped, trained and supported in the world." Sounds like a noble statement until you consider what it really means: "Let's keep those defense dollars rolling in to prop up the military defense complex that lobbys Congress to start unnecessary wars" in the name of “our nation’s interests (oil). At least that’s been our history. Wasn’t it Dwight Eisenhower who said, “Beware the military industrial complex” in his farewell speech over 50 years ago. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2011/01/beware_the_militaryindustrial_complex.html “Fifty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower delivered what has become, with the possible exception of George Washington's departing speech, the best-known presidential farewell address in U.S. history. In his valedictory, Ike famously warned against "unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." That final phrase entered the political lexicon almost immediately, signifying the notion that a permanent ruling class, encompassing the Pentagon and its corporate suppliers, was on the verge of controlling the American government, even in peacetime.”
Doug Curlee May 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
we need to cut back sensibly on our military..and there is a way to do that.. firstly, realize that it no longer makes sense to constantly bleat about "defending america"..there is really no one out there with the wherewithall to militarily attack the united states.. we need to keep the militarty smaller, but equipped with the best..we just don't need so much of it.. primary example? the abrams tank..we likely will never again see set piece tank battles like we saw in the gulf..we already have enough of the best tank in the world.. our armed forces need to be mobile, able to strike quickly and completely when needed.. to fight the wars of the future, we need to put our money one one clear concept.. special forces..not masses of leg infantry.. doug
Lynn Marr May 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I don't support any PACs being able to contribute, without disclosure of who is contributing, particularly the huge corporate contributors. Unfortunately, because of our politically corrupt Supreme Court majority right now, it appears we will need a Constitutional Amendment, or a new majority on Court with a better decision that Corporations are NOT people and money is NOT free speech . . .

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