How Buck McKeon Feeds His Defense Contractor Donors on Your Dime
Watch House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon feign ignorance when the reporter asks him about the $56,000 military contractor General Dynamics donated to his campaign.
SANTA CLARITA, CA — While attending Congressman Buck McKeon’s “Women’s Conference,” U.S Army veteran Beatriz Topete delivered 10,000 petitions to McKeon and demanded him to stop military sponsorship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — an organization that has tolerated rape jokes, homophobic slurs, and sexually explicit comments demeaning towards women.
Watch how disrespectful McKeon is to this military vet, showing more interest in his donut than in listening to what she had to say.
Rep. Buck McKeon will say anything to oppose President Obama, even if it means opposing his own positions. In a statement to AP on March 9, McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, condemned Obama’s inaction on Libya:
“He’s doing a great job of doing nothing.”
Once Obama committed U.S. military force to defend the Libyans, however, McKeon issued this statement in a March 20 press release:
“I am concerned that the use of military force in the absence of clear political objectives for our country risks entrenching the United States in a humanitarian mission whose scope and duration are not known at this point and cannot be controlled by us.”
McKeon is a feeble-minded autocrat who acquiesces to the political drivel of his conservative cronies.
He is a poor excuse for a leader, and I know we can do better.
The Buck Stops Now
Defeat Buck McKeon
The 112th Congress has just been sworn in, and Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon has taken over as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Based on his education, background and voting record, however, McKeon seems the least qualified representative in history to assume this powerful position.
With the BS degree he received in Animal Husbandry from Brigham Young University in 1985 (age 47), he would seem more apt to head the Agriculture Committee than Armed Services. Perhaps McKeon steered away from agriculture because he never worked on a farm.
Then again, he never served in the military, either. Instead, he mis-managed a multi-million dollar business he inherited from his parents (“Howard and Phil’s Western Wear”), which he subsequently ran into the ground, reaping millions for himself and allowing his brothers to take the fall in bankruptcy court.
In 2010, Representative McKeon received a “C” rating from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for his failure — in both the 110th and 111th congresses — to support major issues of importance to those who have served our country. His abysmal voting record on behalf of our veterans tempers any confidence one may have in McKeon to head a committee whose decisions affect millions of our fellow citizens sent into harm’s way.
His poor voting record on veterans’ issues and his lack of experience in the military, by themselves, may not raise more than a few eyebrows, but add to that his amorous relationship with defense contractors, and you paint a picture of a man whose motives are far from altruistic.
McKeon covets his relationship with the defense industry, his #1 donor. Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman all have facilities located within his district and have been among his most generous contributors, occasionally even employing his former staffers. (source: http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2625 )
In 2009-2010 the Buck McKeon for Congress Committee and McKeon’s 21st Century PAC (where his wife is on the payroll, serving as treasurer) received $439,000 from defense industry contributions. (source: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2010&type=C&cid=N00006882&newMem=N&recs=20).
To return the favor, McKeon has been steadfast in his quest to fund a $3 billion secondary engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a project that would benefit McKeon donors Lockheed, GE and Rolls Royce, but which the Pentagon has repeatedly rejected as unnecessary and wasteful.
For someone who touts himself a “fiscal conservative,” McKeon has no trouble at all spending billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that even the military doesn’t want — all in the name of keeping his corporate donors happy.
As McKeon takes the reins of the HASC, we only hope those members who serve under him have the experience, integrity and moral compass to guide their chairman in a direction that actually makes our country safer, greed and profit notwithstanding.
MSNBC — Keith Olbermann reports that military contractors in 2010 have shelled out nearly $400,000 to Buck McKeon, who stands to be the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee if Republicans take control of Congress.
What will those defense contractors expect in return?
Defeat Buck McKeon
The Buck Stops Now
SANTA CLARITA (The-Signal.com) — A national Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group released a scathing election-season “report card” for local Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, giving him a C grade for his stances on issues important to veterans.