Cut salaries of rich military contactors to save money
As food stamp benefits decrease, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to cut another $39 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years [“State will lose $144 million a year as food-stamp extra benefit expires,” NWFriday, Nov. 1].
At a time when poverty is growing, this is monstrously cruel.
The Senate, controlled by the Democrats, wants to cut $4 billion over the same period. Perhaps the “Party of Extreme Cruelty” and the “Party of Moderate Cruelty” could agree on a “compromise” of $20 billion in cuts.
The reporter quotes Republican Frank Lucas, defending cuts to food stamps by saying, “We don’t have any money.” Really?
The CEO of Lockheed Martin was paid about $23 million by taxpayers in 2012, while the CEO of Boeing was paid about $10 million. Boeing and Lockheed are bidding on a contract to build an unnecessary replacement for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the world’s most expensive airplane (so far).
If Congress cancels the new plan and cuts back the salaries of rich military contractors to $120,000 a year, that should free up some money for food, not bombs.
Bill Distler, Bellingham