US Defense Contract Totals in 2014 Count: 444,148 Dollar Amount: $284,219,142,259
South Carolina and the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) that employs many of its people get a nice piece of that pie. Manta has 633 companies under Defense in South Carolina
And the Republicans they put into office are sworn to keep the cash cow in their barn.Till death do they part and let no one think otherwise. (South Carolina Defense Contractor Lists by County United States Government Contracts) Cutting waste from the military budget is cutting the profit stream flowing into the pockets of those invested in MIC.
What this means is that even when the Generals ask these politicians to stop throwing useless-obsolete hardware at them it is received with a blind eye and sealed lips.
Jeb! The poster boy for the MIC in 2016 is going go so far as to pull his brother George (a past MIC favorite) on stage with him and actually try to get votes for doing it. George is not much of an asset when it comes to the rest of the country, but in South Carolina where war(s) mean jobs and lot's of taxpayer cash flowing in from the rest of America it's a dream come true.