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U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects
Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2009 | Shaun Waterman

Posted on 10/15/2009 9:32:56 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild

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.

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This makes me SO proud. To think of the sacrifices all of us are making as our family members serve, the lives that are being lost and irrevocably altered when ammo runs out and supplies are low. What a total bunch of schmucks (and, yes, Dad, I know EXACTLY what that word means and I have chosen it ON PURPOSE).
1 posted on 10/15/2009 9:32:57 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I am confused, under the title it says WaPo and the link says Washington Times. Can that be clarified please?


2 posted on 10/15/2009 9:35:09 AM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I always like to name names: here are the ones who did this

Inouye, John Kerry (surprise), Mary L. Landrieu, David Vitter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

3 posted on 10/15/2009 9:36:54 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: austinaero

My bad. I asked the moderator to fix it. I was so angry, I typed first and thought later.


4 posted on 10/15/2009 9:37:09 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: austinaero
The link "name" was incorrect. The link "url" is correct in both places.

They both link to the Washington Times

5 posted on 10/15/2009 9:37:29 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: austinaero

It is the Washington Times. Read the article. All sorts of senators had a hand in this. Absolutely disgusting. Many of the ‘old school’ rat and gop senators. I have to say though, Coburn tried to stop this crap. He is a true representative of the people and the armed forces, unlike the rest of these dirty bastards.


6 posted on 10/15/2009 9:37:41 AM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: La Lydia

So it was bipartisan.


7 posted on 10/15/2009 9:38:23 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hear us, O Bama: Mmm, mmm, mmm.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

And none dare call it treason.


8 posted on 10/15/2009 9:38:57 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
It's beyond the pale.To call it treasonous is an understatement.
Oh Lord,please come & get these guys and send them to the tenth level of Hell. I'm sure Teddy would enjoy the company.
I get so damned worked up every time I read or hear about this stuff.
9 posted on 10/15/2009 9:40:55 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: La Lydia

Marines are dying in record numbers (and it is due to lack of supplies and reinforcements). My son is taking his commission, and I can’t stand to think of the miscreants and deviants he’s going to sacrifice himself for. I HATE THESE POLITICIANS. I HATE THEM, I HATE THEM, I HATE THEM. They are subhuman excrement. (Okay, I’m taking a deep breath now. I have concluded my rant.)


10 posted on 10/15/2009 9:41:28 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Troop funds diverted to pet projects; $20M for Ted Kennedy institute...

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/15/troop-funds-diverted-to-pet-projects/

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.

While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, “in 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year,” said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.

Money for the Kennedy Institute was inserted by Mr. Inouye and Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat.

- $25 million inserted by Mr. Inouye for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network.

Mr. Inouye had a total of 35 earmarks worth more than $206 million in the final bill, and the ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, sponsored 48 worth $216 million.


11 posted on 10/15/2009 9:41:45 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: La Lydia

The usual suspects I see, except I don’t recognize the Vitter guy, who is pubbie.


12 posted on 10/15/2009 9:42:43 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I am totally in your corner. And to think that all this was done to “honor” Ted Kennedy. Our politicians are beneath contempt.


13 posted on 10/15/2009 9:43:00 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Give them some time and they’ll figure out how to blame this on Bush..


14 posted on 10/15/2009 9:44:16 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Oh, I think the blame for every death and injury will rest squarely on the shoulders of the (I can’t think of a bad enough word, and it’s tough to call them “people”) — those who are responsible. They are the most immoral group of individuals who walk the earth. A pox on all their houses.
15 posted on 10/15/2009 9:47:37 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


16 posted on 10/15/2009 9:50:06 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: La Lydia

David Vitter is the only semi-surprise from that list.

I pray that the American people fire all these and the other crooks that are running our country into the ground.


17 posted on 10/15/2009 9:52:22 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (ACORN is going down, down, down~!!!! Finally~!!!!)
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To: SandRat; Kathy in Alaska; blackie

PING


18 posted on 10/15/2009 9:53:58 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

As a recently retired Army Soldier (last week, from Benning), I am disgusted at this news. Unfortunately, my discharge documents had hussein’s name in a few places, too. But, I will continue to write my representatives and be active in our country’s politics until my last breath or until this sort of garbage stops happening. And to think that the VA has a huge backlog on pending claims for us injured/disabled veterans while they spend money on silly pet projects to honor themselves! Ughh.


19 posted on 10/15/2009 9:54:44 AM PDT by DilJective (High time for men of the mind to go on strike.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

To Acorn?


20 posted on 10/15/2009 9:57:27 AM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Either supply the troops or bring them home!!


21 posted on 10/15/2009 9:58:20 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

This is what happens when criminals write laws.


22 posted on 10/15/2009 9:59:54 AM PDT by csmusaret (Obama. The master of Jack, Squat, and the Nobel committee.)
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To: murphE; HollyB; MestaMachine; Nachum; Saoirise; ~Kim4VRWC's~
ACORNS gotta have their $$$ dontchaknow?
23 posted on 10/15/2009 10:01:57 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--Mignon McLaughlin)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Billions “diverted to pet projects”

Ridiculous. Our dog only costs us about $20 per week.


24 posted on 10/15/2009 10:02:30 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I am confused. Is this Bush’s fault or Fox News’ fault?


25 posted on 10/15/2009 10:03:14 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: La Lydia

This must get on Beck’s show and other conservative outlets. The American people must be told the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXAcHtdU3nY

More and more Americans are becoming enraged.


26 posted on 10/15/2009 10:03:55 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

My anger is as high as it can be. They are ruining the greatest nation on earth. Those “pet projects” will be blown to smitherines soon enough, and there won’t be a damn thing we can do about it. It will be Bush’s fault, though.

Let Iran have it’s nukes. Show Russia where OUR nukes are. Prop up and buddy up with dictaror scumbags. Cut our defense budget, and let our people die in Afghanistan rather than send them more support.

This administration is downright EVIL, pure and simple!

We are in big trouble, folks.


27 posted on 10/15/2009 10:04:01 AM PDT by Just Lori (*^%#@*&)+ @%* #^&@!.......... and I MEAN it!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


28 posted on 10/15/2009 10:04:41 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: La Lydia

Thanks, I’ll be sure to call them. Maybe they can explain further why they did this and have deprived my son, a Corporal in the Marines, and his platoon, bullets and rifle practice. He has not fired a gun since March of 09 and could be deploying into harm’s way. I seriously question the purpose of this war and what we win if we win.


29 posted on 10/15/2009 10:04:49 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

The enemy within.....


30 posted on 10/15/2009 10:07:20 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Ping for view after work...


31 posted on 10/15/2009 10:12:23 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Where did they divert the funds to ACORN?


32 posted on 10/15/2009 10:12:43 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: La Lydia

Inouye—202-224-3934
Kerry—202-224-2742
Landrieu—202-224-5824
Vitter—202-224-4623
Snowe—202-224-5344
Collins—202-224-2523

My son feels ill prepared for combat. Hasn’t shot a rifle since March and could be deployed. So this is what they do with a volunteer military? He signed up to defend against enemies foreign and domestic. He didn’t sign up to become cannon fodder for no reason.


33 posted on 10/15/2009 10:16:41 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: La Lydia

That is just so sad.

Thanks for putting the names up. I shouldn’t be amazed anymore.


34 posted on 10/15/2009 10:20:13 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (There is no "gray area" on issues. I see things from both sides, but I choose the right side.)
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To: Admin Moderator

The correct source is the Washington Times. Could you please correct it?


35 posted on 10/15/2009 10:22:08 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (There is no "gray area" on issues. I see things from both sides, but I choose the right side.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

DemoCriminals have stooped to stealing troop monies now, hunh?


36 posted on 10/15/2009 10:22:58 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: ConservativeMind

Whenever a headline says “funds diverted” instead of “Senator so-and-so diverted funds,” I want to know wassup. I want to know who, and how, and why. Funds don’t just grow little legs and divert themselves.


37 posted on 10/15/2009 10:26:14 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Ted Kennedy’s “legacy” gets funded with troop money.


38 posted on 10/15/2009 10:26:43 AM PDT by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

schmuck also shmuck (shmk)
n. Slang
A clumsy or stupid person; an oaf.


[Yiddish shmok, penis, fool, probably from Polish smok, serpent, tail.]
..............
I had a Doctor call someone a shmok..had to look it up to see what he meant.


39 posted on 10/15/2009 10:29:01 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: murphE

You have a great tagline! I’m a peaceable old duffer, but if federal politicians start peeking out of their holes and tipping over, I’ll be glad to help drag them off to landfills.


40 posted on 10/15/2009 10:31:49 AM PDT by JohnQ1 (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
A little history lesson:

What happened when Democrats in Congress cut off funding for the Vietnam War?

41 posted on 10/15/2009 10:32:35 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Marty62

Putz


42 posted on 10/15/2009 10:35:06 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

This is outrageous. I sent this info to my friends at the Air Force base, along with the phone numbers of the culprits and told them to give ‘em hell. Like I told them, if this doesn’t piss off the American public, all is lost.


43 posted on 10/15/2009 10:35:14 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

from the article:

While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, “in 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year,” said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats.


44 posted on 10/15/2009 10:35:59 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: JohnQ1

GK Chesterton was a genius with great wit, too bad he is not read more or taught in schools.


45 posted on 10/15/2009 10:36:48 AM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: 444Flyer; Nachum

Nothing like starting the day off with more bad news. The Basturds..


46 posted on 10/15/2009 10:37:19 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

(shrug) elections have consequences.


47 posted on 10/15/2009 10:37:27 AM PDT by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Coburn also reads all of his mail, and responds personally. It takes longer to get a respond, naturally.

I just received a personal reply to a message I sent him about three months ago. I could tell he really had read it and responded to my points. Heck, he even wrote that my points were excellent, so I’m a little puffed up today. Yay, me!


48 posted on 10/15/2009 10:38:52 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Old Professer

That too.


49 posted on 10/15/2009 10:39:29 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Islander7

Did you see this? Note the last line in post #11.


50 posted on 10/15/2009 10:39:58 AM PDT by houeto (I peered inside the Treasury's door, the entire vault was empty. We've been robbed!)
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