Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks money in politics, predicted that the deficit-reduction talks will produce a “lobbying-palooza” on Capitol Hill.
“Any bill that involves this kind of money, the companies with a vested interest are going to spend whatever it takes to protect their bottom lines,” she said.
But the "lobbyists" don't just hail from the industrial portion of
the military-industrial-congressional complex. Indeed, the Secretary of
Defense, Leon Panetta, has posted a letter on the Pentagon website noting potential dangers from ill-thought-out
cuts, which, of course, sounds like plain old common sense. But he also
called deep cuts "unacceptable."