Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida said Tuesday Democrats get accused of the "blood libel" of not supporting the troops if they don't cater to the military industrial complex.
"Well the president has fallen into this trap that many Democrats have fallen into where, uh, the president is afraid that if he doesn't cater to the military industrial complex and in particular the spying industrial complex -- which is taking a bigger and bigger part of our budget recently...the so-called black budget, the part that people aren't even allowed to see -- if he doesn't cater to them then he will be attacked as weak on defense, as supposedly leaving our country defenseless, and not supporting the troops -- which is this blood libel that gets casts to Democrats over and over again," Grayson said on SiriusXM's The Agenda Tuesday.
Grayson also said it is "unfortunate" that many have fallen into believing large military spending is inevitable.
"And it's unfortunate that so many of us have fallen for that trick and they succumb to the idea that it's all inevitable so you might as well go along for the ride. It's a mistake, the country will be perfectly safe if we stop incessantly feeding the military industrial complex and military contractors with the billions and billions in profits that they take out of taxpayers pockets each year...at the expense of our health, and our education, and our transportation, and our jobs."
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