What Happened to the 'Fiscal Conservatives'?
It's Advent season which means we are holding our weekly vigils at Bath Iron Works (BIW) here in Maine declaring our desire to see the Navy shipyard converted to build sustainable technologies like commuter rail systems, wind turbines, tidal power systems and solar power.
The military has the largest carbon bootprint on Mother Earth and if the future generations are going to have a future we need to stop waging endless war and instead build for the future. But it won't happen unless we keep making the demand and continue to build support for the idea.
Mary Beth Sullivan wrote an excellent article a couple years ago on the conversion issue that was printed in The Humanist magazine. I highly recommend reading it here. Please help spread the word on this important concern by sharing the article. Even though it is a couple years old it remains a fresh and vital story.
News today here in Bath, Maine is that Trump's pick for Secretary of War, General 'Mad Dog' Mattis, serves on the Board of Directors of the General Dynamics weapons corporation that just so happens to own Bath Iron Works. Our local paper ran the story along with a quote from Mattis that reads:
“With the cutbacks to the Army and Air Force and fewer forces around the world, military aspects of our strategy will inevitably become more naval in character,” said Mattis. “Today I question if our shipbuilding budget is sufficient, especially in light of the situation in the South China Sea.”Thus many local folks I am certain are cheering and thinking that BIW is in hog heaven. Nothing like a new enemy (China) to keep the very expensive warships rolling off the production line.
I can't help but wonder what happened to all the 'fiscal conservatives' who were so worried about the massive debt the nation is piling onto the backs of our children. Recent disclosures indicate that the Pentagon buried an internal study that reported $125 billion could be saved in military contracting costs if simple administrative changes were made. Or maybe the fiscal conservatives might want to call for an audit of the Pentagon since several trillion $$$$ are reported 'missing' in the bowels of the war machine. Somebody must have shrink wrapped the money and shipped it out on pallets to some war zone. I can imagine a bunch of lower level officers stuffing the wads of cash into their ruck sacks to be used for a deposit on their very own Shangri-La when they got home.
Just imagine the good that could be done with all that wasted money! We could obviously retool the military industrial complex and change our entire energy system to one that would allow for life rather than the greenhouse gases from fossil fuels.
Many ask: what about the corporate executives who keep doing all these terrible things that are killing life on this planet? Don't they worry about their own families and how they are impacted?
It's a good question and the only answer that makes any sense to me is that these cats are so blinded by their love for the dollar bill that they can't see anything else - their spiritual connection to our Mother Earth is broken - snapped like a twig. What else could it be?