Defense & Military-Industrial-Complex
Military spending has spiraled out of control. We spend more on our military than all the other nations around the world combined. Let me restate this. If you add the amount every other country spends on their military, it’s still a smaller number than what we spend on ours. This is insanely out of balance. Responsible cuts must be considered and decided upon.
According to National Priorities Project (a non-partisan organization), we’re spending 54% of our total 2016 federal budget on military-related purchases. As a businessman, I know first-hand that when cost-cutting becomes necessary, we start by looking at our biggests expenses first and identify wasteful spending. This approach should also be used in government if we’re serious about being fiscally responsible. As such, wasteful spending on military hardware is the first place we should look in order to balance the budget.
For instance, we can start by listening to experts in the Air Force and Navy who say the F-35 is a big waste of money. This project has been a complete debacle. In September 2016 CNN reported that US Air Force officials had grounded 10 more of these planes-- just a month after they were declared "combat ready." and The money spent on the F-35 project alone could be used to put us on track towards a balanced budget.
In fiscal year 2016, military spending accounted for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion. It’s therefore logical and responsible to focus most of our energy on wasteful spending in the largest portion of our annual budget.
My opponent, Mimi Walters, voted YES on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016, both of which contained egregious amounts of wasteful military hardware spending. Walters, supported YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114). Walters supported YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861). Walters supported NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237). Walters supported NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258). Walters voted NO on Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; Bill sponsored by Boehner, R-OH; Bill H R 3461). I’m certain, if given the chance, she will also vote for an unnecessary war with Iran. She did not care what lies were put before us by the Bush administration and did not want them investigated. She feels that our presence in Iraq is part of our war on terror and that we should be there permanently. Walters is and has been out of touch with WE the People. Another great Republican President and World War II hero, by the name of General Eisenhower, warned us that our government is in bed with the military industrial complex. Walters receives contributions to her campaign from the military industrial complex regularly and feels obligated to work for them, instead of WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!
Walters’s Voting/Support Record:
- YES on National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA'15) for Fiscal Year 2015
- YES on National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA'16) for Fiscal Year 2016
- YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114)
- YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861)
- NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237)
- NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258)
- NO on Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; Bill sponsored by Boehner, R-OH; Bill H R 3461)
- NOT standing up for WE the People
Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:
- Balance the budget and reduce spending by cutting wasteful military hardware projects
- Diplomacy over War in Iran’s case and all other future potential conflicts
- Remove our troops, as soon as safely possible, in Afghanistan’s case and many other countries we currently occupy
- Cut unnecessary waste in our military spending
- Standing up for WE the People
- Not for sale