Okay, so the legislation is not really named the Awesome Military Pork Reduction Act of 2013. That’s my unofficial name for it, though, because it’s an awesome bill that would reduce some very unawesome pork barrel military spending.
Yesterday, U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Ed Markey, joined by 39 of his congressional colleagues, introduced H.R. 1506 – a bill that would reduce wasteful government spending on nuclear submarines, intercontinental nuclear missiles, and expensive new long range bomber airplanes.
The issue is plain and simple: America doesn’t need new long range airplanes to drop bombs on anybody. America doesn’t need new nuclear power submarines pinging around the world’s oceans. America doesn’t need to be aiming nuclear weapons at other nations while it lectures North Korea and Iran about nukes.
America needs to keep its promises on Social Security to workers who have already paid in for their benefits. H.R. 1506 protects necessary domestic spending by getting rid of frivolous military spending.
The names of the wise members of Congress who have cosponsored H.R. 1506 are: Gregory Meeks (Democrat-NY, District 5), Gregory Meeks (Democrat-NY, District 5), Timothy Bishop (Democrat-NY, District 1), Earl Blumenauer (Democrat-OR, District 3), Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat-OR, District 1), Donna Christensen (Democrat-VI, District 0), Judy Chu (Democrat-CA, District 27), Wm. Clay (Democrat-MO, District 1), John Conyers (Democrat-MI, District 13), Donna Edwards (Democrat-MD, District 4), Keith Ellison (Democrat-MN, District 5), Anna Eshoo (Democrat-CA, District 18), Sam Farr (Democrat-CA, District 20), Raúl Grijalva (Democrat-AZ, District 3), Alcee Hastings (Democrat-FL, District 20), Rush Holt (Democrat-NJ, District 12), Michael Honda (Democrat-CA, District 17), Jared Huffman (Democrat-CA, District 2), William Keating (Democrat-MA, District 9), Barbara Lee (Democrat-CA, District 13), John Lewis (Democrat-GA, District 5), Alan Lowenthal (Democrat-CA, District 47), Carolyn Maloney (Democrat-NY, District 12), Betty McCollum (Democrat-MN, District 4), Jim McDermott (Democrat-WA, District 7), James McGovern (Democrat-MA, District 2), James Moran (Democrat-VA, District 8), Jerrold Nadler (Democrat-NY, District 10), Grace Napolitano (Democrat-CA, District 32), Eleanor Norton (Democrat-DC, District 0), Donald Payne (Democrat-NJ, District 10), Mark Pocan (Democrat-WI, District 2), Jared Polis (Democrat-CO, District 2), David Price (Democrat-NC, District 4), Charles Rangel (Democrat-NY, District 13), Janice Schakowsky (Democrat-IL, District 9), Louise Slaughter (Democrat-NY, District 25), Jackie Speier (Democrat-CA, District 14), John Tierney (Democrat-MA, District 6), Henry Waxman (Democrat-CA, District 33), Frederica Wilson (Democrat-FL, District 24)
Postscript: Guess how many articles from the corporate news media have been written about H.R. 1506? ZERO. Guess how many bloggers have written articles about H.R. 1506? ZERO.
Much bigger in the news has been the delay of the premiere of the movie Iron Man 3, in which Iron Man uses super-expensive technologies of war to make things go boom.