Following the last post on the sequester and comparisons between average salaries of federal workers and defense contractor executives ($45,000 to $760,000), in case you didn’t already know: Republicans are not interested in balancing the budget or saving money. That’s not the business they’re in, no matter how much Fox airtime they expend towards that particular party propaganda. Their business is to take revenue from programs and services that benefit the average American and divert it to corporations — and that’s especially true for the military-industrial complex.
Remember when Mitt Romney made the ridiculous claim that federal workers make more than he does? Take a gander at how much his campaign raked in from three defense contractors (see larger table below):
|NORTHRUP GRUMMOND||LOCKHEED MARTIN||GENERAL DYNAMICS||TOTAL|
|Romney, Mitt (R )||$111,014||$165,244||$86,829||$363,087|
|Obama, Barack (D)||$108,756||$126,932||$41,457||$277,145|
And, yeah, the President received contributions from them too. You know what the difference is? Obama hasn’t ever claimed federal workers are overpaid or make more than he does. He wanted to give feds a measly 0.5% salary increase this year, and the GOP rebelled.
By the way, a 0.5% increase on an average annual salary of $45,000 would be a massive $225.00 a year. Who was against that? In January, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) introduced a bill to block the planned raise in 2013 of 0.5% for federal workers, which was co-sponsored by 28 Republicans, including Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). The Washington Post reported that Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) “quick scheduling of the bill for a vote demonstrates the priority House GOP members give to holding down federal pay.” Ever notice Republicans never suggest reducing the pay of defense contractors?
The DeSantis Bill currently has 35 co-sponsors and is being held in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Let’s look at how much the bill’s author (and the 10 fastest co-sponsors) received from three of the largest defense contractors:
|Ranked by who co-sponsored the quickest||2012 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM:|
|Cosponsors: H.R.273 [113th]||NORTHROP GRUMMAN||LOCKHEED MARTIN||GENERAL DYNAMICS||TOTAL|
|Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49]*||$5,000||$10,000||$15,000|
|Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]*||$1,000||$2,000||$3,000|
|Mica, John L. [R-FL-7]*||$18,250||$10,000||$7,000||$35,250|
|Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]*||$1,000||$4,000||$5,000|
|Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4]*||$1,000||$2,000||$10,000||$13,000|
|Collins, Doug [R-GA-9]*||$1,000||$1,000|
|Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11]*||$0|
|Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]*||$0|
|Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4]*||$0|
|Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]*||$2,000||$2,000|
And, for good measure:
|Cantor, Eric [R-VA]||$20,000||$10,000||$10,000||$40,000|
And don’t you even worry about Meadows, Yoho, and Massie — they’re brand new and were elected by the tea crowd. They’re still working on their bona fides for future contributions from the big boys. Farenhold and Collins, on the other hand, will simply take even one to three pieces of silver from whomever they can get it.