Hank Bardel who is running for Congress from the 11th Congressional District of NY State with the Green Party gave a talk and answered questions at a meeting of Peace Action of Staten Island on June 14th. He talked about the Military Industrial Complex Dwight D Eisenhower warned us about in 1961.
He pointed out that some of our biggest American corporations like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, United Technologies and many smaller companies are involved in the Military Industrial Complex. It also makes up about 4% of our GDP.
He pointed out that because of these facts there is pressure on Congress to vote for money to be spent on the Military Industrial Complex and tendencies to vote for military solutions instead of using diplomacy. He said that if he is elected to Congress he would be voting to reduce money for war and have money go for diplomacy and peaceful purposes.