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Feb
09

What If Ron Paul Shut Down The Huge Weapons Business In His District?

In his recent “What if…” common-sense call to reject US military interventionism around the world, Republican Representative Ron Paul sadly failed to mention the military intervention rampant in the economy of his own district.  Using the search tool at the website governmentcontractswon.com, I managed to find that between 2000-2007, tens of millions of dollars of defense contracts have been awarded every year to businesses in his 14th District of Texas.  Some examples by Zip Code follow; each code lies within Congressman Paul’s district:

(Partial List, Zip Code followed by dollars 2000-07)

  • 77590 $67,868,434
  • 77592 $154,858
  • 77550 $2,112,329
  • 77551 $217,746
  • 77554 $1,665,942
  • 77539 $883,327
  • 77546 $270,639
  • 77573 $2,028,275

That means that for at least four election victories of the eleven he’s won so far, the plucky Congressman, an internet hero to people who hate the government that created the internet, has been happily bringing home the federal bacon and actually supports the local branch of the military-industrial complex he seems to have such a problem with. Indeed, his district contains bedroom communities to the south of Houston, whose own defense contracting totals run to the hundreds of millions of dollars.  The people who keep sending Ron Paul to Washington are defense industry workers and management – tens of thousands whose livelihoods depend on the very military interventionism he says he opposes.

Huh.

What if Ron Paul’s isolationist posturing wasn’t just a load of Texas-brand Republican horseshit?  What if the firebrand rouser of angry white people who dwell in the country’s many remote areas actually meant what he said at the lectern?  What if he acted on it?  What if he insisted that the defense contractors in his district who profit from and enable runaway US hegemony, who build its weapons and systems and support, close their doors? What if he told them to  move to another district?  What if he adopted the slightest consistency in his positions?  What if he quit pretending to be against US war machinery and moved to stop manufacturing it in his own backyard?

Of course, he can’t.  And that is the truly insidious nature of the military-industrial complex that he is, after all, absolutely right to rail against.  The gargantuan work of spending an amount on defense that is larger than all foreign defense spending combined is a project spread out evenly across every state and every congressional district in the United States.  We are, and have been since 1941, on a coast-to-coast war-footing economy that employs millions.  Practically nobody in Congress can stand up against the true nature of the problem without endangering their seats – base closures and factory closures mean lost votes. And the factories are everywhere, just like in the Texas 14th District.

So practically all elected representatives keep their heads down on the problem, the decades drag on, and the wars of choice add up.  Injustice intensifies, the country becomes far poorer, and Ron Paul supporters post comments on YouTube blaming the problem on, of course, Jews.

I have a better idea.

Let me ask the Paulies reading this to contact the Congressman – preferably by FedEx or UPS so as not to use the Big Government Post Office – and urge him to capitalize off the head-start he has earned by opposing US interventionism.  Call for him to shut down defense contracting in the Texas 14th district. Now.

Otherwise, Ron Paul is just another hypocrite. What if he wasn’t?

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15 Responses to “What If Ron Paul Shut Down The Huge Weapons Business In His District?”


  1. 1 enry_straker
    February 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Dude,

    Sad is the first word that comes to my mind.

    I don’t see any reasoned argument(s) against any position held by Mr.Ron Paul just an attempt to throw some mud at the character of an elderly gentleman.

    Do you want US Representatives to be a dictator in their districts – and tell the folks what business they can – and can’t – enter into? That’s what you want Mr.Paul to do.

    If you feel your political representatives should perform such activities, may i humbly suggest that you try living in a communist dictatorship – where the political masters do have such powers.

    Your narrative also seems to wander all over the place. You start with a diatribe against Mr.Paul for the activities of people living in his district. Then you cry out against all US politicians. Then you imply Mr.Paul’s supporters to be anti-semitic – all without any evidence.

    I really don’t know whether you care about the issues or whether this is just a cry for attention.

  2. 2 Sam Griffin
    February 16, 2009 at 7:42 am

    This an interesting idea, but what gives Ron Paul the power to implement your suggestions?

  3. 3 Godwhacker
    February 16, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Ron Paul may be a lot of things, but a hypocrite isn’t one of them. Paul wants to close down most of the weapons plants… not just the ones in his district. This will cause a lot of pain in the short term, but the long term rewards will be great for the country as a whole. Instead the writer advocates that Paul just fuck his district over, and leave all the rest of the waste and spending unchecked — no benefit for anyone, and a lot of pain for his constituents.

  4. 4 Arros
    February 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Go fuck yourself

  5. 5 BPC
    February 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hate to break it to you, but Congressmen aren’t dictators in their districts. He can’t force companies to close their doors or move, he can and does vote against the bills that give out the contracts. What if you weren’t a moron and actually knew the Constitution? Or bothered to investigate Ron Paul’s voting record?

  6. 6 Ron
    February 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

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  7. 7 robp
    February 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I believe that it is premature to label Ron Paul a hypocrite.

    Do you have any evidence that Ron Paul has supported legislation that has directly allocated money to those businesses in his district?

    Do you believe Ron Paul should sponsor legislation that blocks the freedom of those companies to engage in business with the government?

    Does Defense spending necessarily always support foreign interventionism?

  8. 8 Despair
    February 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    “Injustice intensifies, the country becomes far poorer, and Ron Paul supporters post comments on YouTube blaming the problem on, of course, Jews.” – warmowski

    I believe the supporters blame big government, fiat currency, and reserve banking. I hear little from the supporters about jews. Please learn to control your “I find anti-semitism in anything I don’t like” urges. Thanks.

  9. February 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

    First, they are private businesses, and not a Congressman or any government official can just up and close them. This isn’t a monarchy.

    Second, he is advocating non-interventionism which is NOT isolationist. If you can’t understand the difference between a hermit and someone who minds their own business, I can’t help you. You’re stupid.

    Third, if those businesses get 10’s of millions in government contracts, that is 10’s of millions of dollars being removed from the economy and used by government. If the savings are returned to the taxpayer, that money would go somewhere, and create jobs where ever it goes. On a national scale,this is 10’s if not 100’s of billions in real stimulus.

    Last, the issue isn’t pure economics, but ethics and morality. A disturbing percentage of the American manufacturing economy is weapons manufacturing when it used to be refrigerators and cars. THe US spends more money on defense than the rest of the world combined. We have become a welfare warfare state,and as the economy worsens,we are heading toward a state that owns or controls vast chunks of the economy. What part of “slowly becoming the USSR” do people not understand?

    Ron Paul is the most honest and perhaps one of the most intelligent statesmen in government. If you don’t understand what he’s saying and what he means,it may well be over your head. We’re working hard to provide education, but at some point it’s your responsibility to understand the fundamentals of your country and the world around you.

  10. 10 Matt
    February 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I think you misunderstand Paul’s stance. He’s not for cutting military spending at home. In fact, I think he’d be willing to spend more if proven necessary. He simply doesn’t want to spend money on expansionist policies where we have our troops sitting elsewhere for years with no end in sight.

  11. 11 Bob
    February 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I do not understand the correlation you are trying to make. Let me get this straight … your premises seem to be:

    – There are companies which have received federal defense contracts
    – Some of these companies lie within the 14th District of Texas
    – Ron Paul represents the 14th District of Texas

    and your conclusion seems to be:

    – Ron Paul is a hypocrite who supports the military-industrial complex

    Perhaps, you can elaborate so that I can better understand your position?

    In addition, I have never heard Ron Paul say we do not need a military for DEFENSE purposes. I would be interested in references you can find that would indicate otherwise.

  12. 12 wayne
    February 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Sad, then Moron.

  13. February 17, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Okay, so a few Paulies have dropped by and left their thoughts about the Congressman’s (and our) problematic relationship with the military-industrial complex. When informed that on the one hand, Paul spends time grandstanding against US interventionism, yet on the other is silent about the makeup of his district’s war economy, the Ron Paul Revolution rose up and kept on getting it wrong:

    enry_straker: “I don’t see any reasoned argument(s) against any position held by Mr.Ron Paul just an attempt to throw some mud at the character of an elderly gentleman.”

    Now that you bring it up, enry, it’s worth asking: does his being elderly absolve him responsibility to question the economic makeup of his own district even while he rails against the very industry that supports his repeated re-elections? Because I’m looking (and not finding) a reason why Paul may profit politically – for decades – from global interventionism, yet develop a reputation as a critic of same. I will consider the possibility that he just forgot about what goes on in his district.

    Sam Griffin: “This an interesting idea, but what gives Ron Paul the power to implement your suggestions?”

    Thanks, Sam. As I wrote, Paul actually can’t face the real problem of widespread war profiteering – not without risking his seat in Congress. So I ask him, simply, to risk it. His grandstanding such as a few days ago pleases greatly a lot of political amateurs, but changes nothing. So I ask him to call out the Texas 14th Dist. war profiteers by name, take the floor of the House and bite the hand that feeds him. Spell out what exactly the military machine is and how it owns him, too. And then to form a caucus of Reps across the country to do the same concerning their own districts, building pressure against the industry and the foreign policies that result from its power from the Capitol. Tall order, I realize.

    Godwhacker: “Paul wants to close down most of the weapons plants…”

    Really? Got any evidence of this? At all? A Republican, getting in the face of the military? Where? Who? When?

    Arros: “Go fuck yourself”

    Don’t cry, Arros. It’ll be okay. I’m sorry I hurt you.


    BPC:
    “…he can and does vote against the bills that give out the contracts.”

    Well, BPC, I don’t live in the Texas 14th, but I do know this: I guarantee you that Mr. Paul won’t be re-elected the first election he runs on a record of voting against jobs in his district. Which is the entire point of my piece: enough with the fake, safe outrage fron Paul already.

    robp: “Do you have any evidence that Ron Paul has supported legislation that has directly allocated money to those businesses in his district?

    Do you believe Ron Paul should sponsor legislation that blocks the freedom of those companies to engage in business with the government?

    Does Defense spending necessarily always support foreign interventionism?”

    These are excellent questions, robp. There is all kinds of evidence that Paul grabbed federal dollars for his district for everything from marketing Galveston shrimp to building roads and bridges to buying databases for libraries. Further evidence starts with the general success of his eleven re-elections and continuing to specific letters sponsoring earmarks with his signature. To tie those dollars to his voting record has not been done in my piece, in exactly the same way that Paul did not tie the military-industrial complex’s role in his district and eleven re-elections to his speech on the House floor, which is exactly my point.

    I do believe that war profiteering is so poorly understood by the national public that Paul’s action in Congress is wasted when he fails to underscore that his, our own, our own states and districts coast-to-coast dependence on war profiteering is real. On the question of whether defense spending always supports foreign interventionism: until budgets are drawn up and voted upon in such a way that delineates dollars spent for domestic defense vs dollars spent on the nearly 800 US bases around the world / naval maneuvers / space weaponization, we won’t ever know. As such, the right thing to do is question, challenge and audit all of it from the bottom up.

    Despair: “Please learn to control your “I find anti-semitism in anything I don’t like” urges. Thanks.”

    Can’t help what I read, Despair. From the YT comment stream: “What if everyone in the US woke up from the JEWISH spell they have been put under?” “911 was not an “inside job”. These Jews never were on our side. ” “throughout history judaics have succeeded on their evil deeds because of the help of their misleaded gentile hosts.” ZOMG!! I haz been misleaded!

    JohnFromChicago: “Second, he is advocating non-interventionism which is NOT isolationist. If you can’t understand the difference between a hermit and someone who minds their own business, I can’t help you. You’re stupid. … Third, if those businesses get 10’s of millions in government contracts, that is 10’s of millions of dollars being removed from the economy and used by government.”

    John, I know the difference between non-intervention and isolationism in foreign affairs, but nobody can argue that the distinction means anything to the military-industrial complex. They are two words that the US is equally poorly described by, from Republican wars of choice over the past eight years to all the wars of choice since WWII. It is a very pointless distinction to be made when discussing Paul’s speech when the economic machinery in his own district is shown to be made up of a great deal of exactly what he rails against in that speech.

    But later you make the classic mistake of the libertarian by badly mis-characterizing government contracts, and I have to correct you. Government contracts for defense are NOT “dollars removed from the economy being used by government”. The dollars are being spent by Paul’s Congress, who distribute it to constituents – political supporters first in line – and the dollars absolutely enter the economy in the form of income to the private businesses who build what Paul’s Congress is ordering. These dollars become house payments, car payments, grocery purchases, etc etc etc and absolutely return to the economy. You are complaining about lack of recirculation, but you have the wrong villian. The fact is that that Republican business owners successfully pocket the bulk of Congres’s spending by failing to pay back any of the money thanks to successfully lobbying for ridiculously low corporate tax rates. This is plain to see, yet libertarians always blame government, mainly, I think, because they’re astoundingly gullible.

    Matt: “I think you misunderstand Paul’s stance. He’s not for cutting military spending at home. In fact, I think he’d be willing to spend more if proven necessary.”

    Yes, I know that Republican Congresspeople, including Ron Paul, talk a lot about “small government” but are completely full of shit, Matt. That was the whole point of my piece.

    Bob:and your conclusion seems to be:

    – Ron Paul is a hypocrite who supports the military-industrial complex

    Perhaps, you can elaborate so that I can better understand your position?”

    Sure, Bob. By failing to identify private business as the primary beneficiary of foreign wars of choice, Ron Paul is indeed a grandstanding hypocrite, elected regularly to his Congressional seat by the employees and management of the very Houston-concentrated defense industry. To break the cycle of hypocracy, Paul would need to bite the hand that feeds him. Let me know if he ever does – I’ll be the first to applaud.

  14. 14 Rick Reuben
    March 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I love reading lectures on hypocrisy from hypocrites.

    Rob Warmowski, October 21, 2006, calling the Afghanistan War ( under Bush ) illegal:

    [i]As much as I personally support letting loose the US foreign policy hi-jinks machine on the Taliban, as much as I endorse the premise of surplus primitives who amimalize women being removed from the gene pool or having their woman-beating truncheons stuffed up their own asses, I of course cannot support the US invasion of Afghanistan. The biggest reason I withhold this endorsement is due to legality.[/i]

    Rob Warmowski, October 21, 2006, calling the Afghanistan War ( under Bush ) illegal:

    [i]An informed citizen understands that if Afghanistan was illegal, then Iraq is treason. [/i]

    Warmowski today, currently *not* supporting impeachment of President Obama for escalating a war that Warmowski has repeatedly called illegal.

    Warmowski today, insisting that Ron Paul has no credibility on the military-industrial complex until every last dime of Pentagon money is cleansed from Ron Paul’s congressional district.

    Who’s the hypocrite? It’s the guy who ignores the illegal war when an agent of Wall Street plunderers that he voted for takes the White House.

    Ron Paul couldn’t block defense spending from landing back in his district even if he wanted to- he’s one vote, and as Warmowski knows, the defense spending bill is voted on by the full House, including members of the House who take campaign contributions from defense contractors inside Ron Paul’s district.

    Warmowski hates Ron Paul because Ron Paul tells the truth about the Federal Reserve. Warmowski worked on the campaign of Barack Obama, owned by Goldman Sachs and the friends of Robert Rubin.

  15. March 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are honored by a visit from Ron Paul’s own dog, Foamy! And he left a comment!

    Foamy:

    “Ron Paul couldn’t block defense spending from landing back in his district even if he wanted to- he’s one vote”

    But higher in this comment stream, I said, and the dog missed:

    “Paul actually can’t face the real problem of widespread war profiteering – not without risking his seat in Congress. So I ask him, simply, to risk it. His grandstanding such as a few days ago pleases greatly a lot of political amateurs, but changes nothing. So I ask him to call out the Texas 14th Dist. war profiteers by name, take the floor of the House and bite the hand that feeds him. Spell out what exactly the military machine is and how it owns him, too. And then to form a caucus of Reps across the country to do the same concerning their own districts, building pressure against the industry and the foreign policies that result from its power from the Capitol. Tall order, I realize.”

    Foamy:

    “Warmowski today, currently *not* supporting impeachment of President Obama for escalating a war that Warmowski has repeatedly called illegal.”

    But higher in the comment stream, I said, and the dog missed:

    “…So practically all elected representatives keep their heads down on the problem, the decades drag on, and the wars of choice add up.”

    To which I’ll add: bells cannot be unrung. This war of choice was the choice of the previous Republican President. Each misguided, illegal, unethical and disastrous outcome resulting from the US invasion of Afghanistan would not exist were it not for the administration that ordered the invasion. As I always have, I call for US withdrawl from Afghanistan without once being so stupid as to blame the President for our presence in it. Nobody – not even dogs – blame Nixon for the US debacle in Vietnam.

    Foamy:

    “Warmowski hates Ron Paul. Warmowski worked on the campaign of Barack Obama”

    These plain lies are the last from poor old Foamy I will allow at RW370.

    I hate no one. And never once have I worked for any political candidate or party or campaign in any election under any circumstance. Unless you count making a funny t-shirt about black racism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlbhHcjnwt8& . Which is a stretch you’d expect from a dog, I guess.

    Bad Foamy! Go sniff someone else’s crotch!

    -r


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