Front Group for Military-Industrial Complex Pushes Hard to Slash Social Programs and Avoid Pentagon Cuts
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As Holland points out, Peterson hired a passel of former Clinton administration officials espousing pro-corporate policies, as well as enlisted like-minded Republicans. Some of these officials now sit on the board of Fix the Debt, such as ex-Clinton budget director Alice Rivlin, ex-Philadelphia mayor and Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell, and current Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“The result of all of this is what liberal economist Robert Kuttner called a disabling…bipartisan echo chamber on the entitlement crisis,” Holland writes. So it is not surprising that as the fiscal cliff talks speed toward a "deal," as the PAI report found, Pentagon cuts are not just off the table: they’re missing in action.