Thursday, October 15, 2009

Disgraceful: Senators Steal From Troops For Earmarks

This has to be the worst thing I have seen from this irresponsible and out of control Congress.

From the Washington Times
Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis. 
Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat. 
Mr. Wheeler, who conducted the study, compared the Obama administration's requests for funds with the $636 billion spending bill that the Senate passed. He discovered that senators added $2.6 billion in pet projects while spending $4 billion less than the administration requested for fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1. 
Mr. Wheeler said that senators took most of the cash for the projects from the "operations and maintenance" or O&M accounts. 
"These are the accounts that pay for troop training, repairs, spares and supplies for vehicles, weapons, ships and planes, food and fuel," Mr. Wheeler said. 
Raiding those accounts to fund big-ticket projects the military does not want, but that benefit senators' home states or campaign contributors, amounts to "rancid gluttony," he said. 
Rancid gluttony is not the word, immorally irresponsible is more like it.  I have never seen a more buck wild spending congress in all my life.  Also, why is it when Congress is spending like drunken sailors, they can only find money in the military to cut. From missile defense to guns and bullets, Obama and Congress just go slashing defense spending but they have no problem driving us into debt for a ton of crap we don’t want or need.


The Vegas Art Guy said...


Same Spit Different Democrat

Janelle said...

Can't confirm this, Clifton, but believe that drunken sailors are probably spending their own money, not ours. I give you the John Murtha airport, a turtle tunnel in Florida, tattoo removal and raise you. A ton of crap is the nicest and way too generous description I've heard so far.

Clifton B said...

The Vegas Art Guy:

To be fair, the article did not mention if it was all Democrats who did this. Remember the porkfest of the Omnibus spending bill, there were a few Republicans with their snouts in the trough.

Clifton B said...


You are right, the sailors do not suffer from OPM (Other People's Money) Disorder!

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