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As Sequester Looms, Michigan Citizen Action Calls for an End to Military Contractor CEO Waste

As part of a National Day of Action across the U.S., Michigan Citizen Action hosted a tele-press conference to demand an end to wasteful Pentagon spending

MICHIGAN — As part of a National Day of Action across the U.S., Michigan Citizen Action hosted a tele-press conference to demand an end to wasteful Pentagon spending and thank Senator Carl Levin for his leadership on this issue.

“Pull the Pork from the Pentagon: Protect our Priorities. Protect Our Middle Class” events are taking place in Michigan and in more than two dozen states across the country today. In Lansing, Michigan Citizen Action delivered over 3800 petition signatures to Senator Carl Levin thanking him for his leadership on this issue.  For more information about events nationally, please visit www.pullthepork.org. Nationally, more than 100,000 USAction members have signed petitions demanding that Congress take action.

“Pull the Pork from the Pentagon,” the National Day of Action, is taking place as Congress faces a series of deadlines on our country’s budget priorities, including possible automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place beginning Friday.

“Senator Car Levin has been a leader from day one of this fiscal debate, calling for a balanced and sensible approach to our nations fiscal crisis,” said Linda Teeter, Executive Director of Michigan Citizen Action. “At issue today is not the size of government but rather who government works for – military contractor CEOs or working families and the middle class.  We must recognize that strength and respect abroad are built, and based, on economic strength at home. And we cannot thrive if obsolete and unnecessary weapons systems are consuming our precious resources. Senator Carl Levin recognizes this and that is why today we are here to thank him and to call on Congress to follow his lead.”

Michigan Citizen Action noted that the heads of three of America’s largest military contractors earn a combined $74.4 million a year – the head of Northrop Gunman makes $26 million; the head of Lockheed Martin, $25.4 million; and the head of Boeing, $23 million. 

The Tele-press conference also featured Joyce Gerhinger of the Huntington Woods Peace Citizenship and Education group.

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todd b March 05, 2013 at 04:37 PM
government should operate as the auto companies operated for many recent years. my company has had several contracts with (the largest auto company based in Dearborn) which we had to win by competitive bid, only to have purchasing come back after the bid was basically accepted to say we now need to whittle another 10% from price over next year if we really want the business. Not exactly like that but essentially the bottomline. So as a vendor you become real creative to stay alive. If government did the same with McDonald Douglas, Northrop, Boeing and every other defense contractor they could make strides towards that 10% cutback. Coupled with closing all the perks (like military golf courses suggested above), military bases no longer needed and indefinite pay freezes for all military (except those directly in combat zones) they get even closer to cutback targets. or incentivize Generals by saying you have a 10% cutback target that you need to hit by (date) or an automatic (x%) salary reduction will be imposed on your entire command. Carrot and stick forces those in charge to make hard decisions and be accountable with a line in the sand to make it happen or (consequence happens). For those that say it can't be done, it can.
dan rice March 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Pretty good summary of the legacy of Reaganomics. "the devil is in the details..."
dan rice March 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
To gg10: Pretty good summary of the true legacy of Reganomics. The devil is in the details...
Retired Army Tanker March 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Now that the sequestration deadline has passed, if nothing else changes, I'll be hit with a mandatory one day off work with no pay per week for 22 weeks starting sometime in April. Meanwhile, federal legislators in both chambers of Congress continue to receive at least an annual salary of $174,000.00 with no interruption in their paychecks. Article I, Section 9, of the U.S. Constitution requires that Congress pass a federal budget. Yet the U.S. Congress hasn't passed a federal budget since April 29, 2009; instead, they've opted for a Continuing Resolution year after year since then to avert a US Government shutdown. Since April 29, 2009, which the was the last time the U.S. Congress passed a federal budget, the average U.S. Congressman, senators as well as representatives, has earned roughly $522,000.00 in annual minimum salaries. Yes, that's a half-million dollars. As a DoD Civilian, I haven't done one damned thing to earn a 20% furlough-induced pay cut. And I can assure you that I have not received a half-million dollars in pay since April 29, 2009. Yet the six-figure-a-year masterminds of the federal budget universe can go to bed each night safe in the knowledge that their pay will not be negatively impacted at all. Can you sense my anger?
Bob March 05, 2013 at 09:37 PM
This sequester is just a tiny adjustment of spending growth. We will still spend more in 2013 than we did in 2012. Spending will still go up year after year. This is a real snoozer, much ado about nothing.

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