The Military-Industrial Marx Brothers
The great Lisa Derrick of La Figa likes to say that “nomenclature is destiny.”
That adage proved true once again, this time in the strange case of the four “best-paid” Congressional beneficiaries of the defense industry’s impressive political slush fund.
According to a recent article in AlterNet, four of the six largest recipients of Military-Industrial campaign donations are:
1. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA): $566,100 in 2012 cycle defense sector donations.
2. CW “Bill” Young (R-FL): $229,760 in 2012 cycle defense sector donations.
3. Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger III (D-MD): $229,550 in 2012 cycle defense sector donations.
4. Morris “Mo” Brooks (R-AL): $202,020 in 2012 cycle defense sector donations.
First of all, they all have nicknames. What are the odds? Is it a requirement to join the club…like a frat house initiation?
Secondly, all those nicknames “add up” to a boatload of cash.
Finally, they all sit in key positions on the key committees and subcommittees that reallocate taxpayers’ dollars into the hands of defense contractors.
Yup, nomenclature is destiny:
Because the defense industry generously passes out the bucks to “Buck.”
“Bill” never met an authorization he didn’t like, nor has he refused those stacks of bills offered in exchange for his reliable compliance.
Dutch is one guy who never has to “go dutch” when it comes to financing his reelection.
And Mo gets mo’ and mo’ money with each passing election cycle.
Hello, America! Meet the sweethearts of the Military-Industrial Complex: Buck, Bill, Dutch & Mo!
These are the biggest, shiniest stars in the Empire’s greatest hit: Duck and Cover Soup!
It is currently opening in new “theaters” around the globe: in Niger, Mali and the Persian Gulf.
These are “limited engagements,” but rest assured that Duck and Cover Soup will open in more theaters, even if it doesn’t turn out to be a big hit in current screenings.
Of course, like any blockbuster franchise…future sequels are already in development. Sure, they keep remaking the same movie. Just like Hollywood, the Empire’s producers don’t really have any original ideas.
Alas, this is no laughing matter. America is more and more like a Marx Brothers’ movie every day.
Frankly, we’d all be a lot better off with Groucho, Harpo, Chico & Zeppo.
At least we could laugh all the way to The End.