Killer robots and bombs trump the meat

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall at 7:34 am by George Smith

A Village Voice item on how much the US system values its soldiers in the war on terror:

[Stars and Stripes reporterd] “nearly $88 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2011, up from $31 million in 2008.”

The Defense Department doesn’t track commissary sales, so it’s unclear which military personnel seek benefits.

Analysts believe, however, that recent vets are the demographic most likely to need help: 860,000 sought unemployment benefits in October.

Statisticians consider some 25 percent of these men and women to be “young veterans.”

Food stamp usage in the military is generally not banner news. You have to look around for it.

In October I posted a summary of food stamp use. It included an item from a southern newspaper citing the use within the military.

Again, it points out that while the US spends lavishly on its defense budget, the soldiers do not do so well. The defense establishment believes in defense contractors and armaments, not people.

You can also view food stamp subsidies as a way in which you can pay soldiers less in a kind of rip off, one in which they’re actually entitled to more but forced to apply for more of the taxpayer’s money through the means test SNAP program applicants go through.

Anyway, here is the re-quote from October:

From 2008 to 2009 military families were using food stamps at twice the rate as civilians, 25 percent to 13 percent. About $31 million of food stamps were used in nationwide commissaries.

From July 2009 to March 2011 in Oklahoma, where there are four military bases — Fort Sill, Tinker AFB, Vance AFB, Altus AFB — $1.8 million in food stamps was spent.

You can bet nobody at General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics Land Systems ever needs to present their monthly budget and bank account statistics at the local welfare center.

It’s a good demonstration of a systemic immorality and just another hidden national disgrace. It’s the stealing of the riskiest patriotic labor so we can suck out a few dollars more for the gadgets of killing.

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