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Washington State's Deep Political and Economic Alliance With the Pentagon

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  1. VivaRevolution

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    Washington State's Deep Political and Economic Alliance With the Pentagon



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    When one thinks of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest, visions of lush temperate Olympic rainforests or glacial glad mountains of North Cascades National Park might come to mind.

    Instead, what if you learned Washington State was allocating millions of dollars of its taxpayers' money to fund an institution set up to do nothing more than lobby for a larger military presence?

    Additionally, what if you found out that one of your elected representatives, who you were led to believe was a liberal Democrat, had positioned herself atop said institution, and had actively sponsored a bill aimed at allowing the military free reign to do what it wants -- wherever it wants to do it -- within the state, with little or no recourse for the citizens it could impact?

    In supposedly "blue" Washington State, this is exactly what is happening.

    The taxpayer-funded institution set up to lobby for military expansion is the Washington Military Alliance (WMA). The politician is Washington Rep. Kristine Reeves, a Democrat who also happens to be the executive director of the WMA. The bill she sponsored, HB 2341 (SB 6456 in the state senate), would have essentially handed United States military commanders control of the state's land use powers.

    "Kristine Reeves is double dipping, although it might be legal, [by] being the executive director for the Washington Military Alliance while proposing laws that advance the objectives of the WMA as a Washington State legislator," Glen Milner, a researcher with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, told Truthout.

    "In addition, the Washington Military Alliance gets its grants from the DOD," added Milner, who has been tracking the expanding militarism across Washington State for decades. "I suppose this is just corruption at work."

    While Reeves might be progressive on many issues, she's clearly doing the military's bidding, according to Milner.

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    This is why I struggle with voting for the lessor of two evils.

    Hey, I get it, Trump and the even worse, turncoat chamber of commerce Republicans suck.

    So of course, I should vote for my other viable option which is Democrats. They say all the right things. Down with crony capitalism, wealth inequality, the environment needs to be protected, ECT.

    However, what is being said, and reality, tend to be 2 different things.

    Do you really believe this Washington State Democrat will ever vote to raise taxes, that would effect Boeing or Lockheed Martin?

    Do you really believe this Washington State Democrat would vote for environmental regulations if it cost her military industrial complex constituents money?

    The Democrats in western Washington state need to go. We have our own swamp here. And let's be clear, that is the problem. Not that Democrats in Washinton state, and the rest of the country are saying the wrong things, but that they are beholden first and foremost to their true constitutents, their campaign donors and lobbyists.

    I know come primary season, I will once again vote 3rd party down the ticket.

    If the status quo holds though, and the corporate dems win their primary, I will once again be left with another 2016 sophie's choice, and I have no idea whether I will choose to cut off my hand or foot, given 2 shitty choices again.
     
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  2. sniper

    sniper so poor.... and so black

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    The politicians jobs here in WA are to tell us what we want to hear while doing as little as possible, so as to not ruffle any feathers and put their racket in jeopardy. We are all too busy being depressed not really giving a shit about anything but what's on our cell phones. Fuck this place
     
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    Don't you work for Lockheed?
     
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  4. VivaRevolution

    VivaRevolution Whoopin' Belt

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    Because of my union, I am a bit more informed than most of the politics of Olympia.

    It is so institutionally corrupt.

    Governing is done in back rooms with closed doors. Everything else is a dog and pony show.

    It appears to me to look more like the way business is done at a meeting of mafia crime families in the movies, then it does when Brian Cranston as LBJ passes the civil rights act.
     
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    lilelvis Brown Belt Platinum Member

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    computer fogie Senior Moderator Senior Moderator

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    I have to think Boeing is somehow behind this
     
  7. bobgeese

    bobgeese Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Did you actually believe any of these politicians care about you?


    Democrats would throw you under the bus in a heartbeat as long as they could virtue signal to their precious “oppressed” constituencies.


    You’re talking about a party led by Maxine fucking Waters.
     

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