Skip to comments.U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects
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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I am confused, under the title it says WaPo and the link says Washington Times. Can that be clarified please?
Inouye, John Kerry (surprise), Mary L. Landrieu, David Vitter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.
My bad. I asked the moderator to fix it. I was so angry, I typed first and thought later.
They both link to the Washington Times
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.
So it was bipartisan.
And none dare call it treason.
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.)
Troop funds diverted to pet projects; $20M for Ted Kennedy institute...
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.
The usual suspects I see, except I don’t recognize the Vitter guy, who is pubbie.
I am totally in your corner. And to think that all this was done to “honor” Ted Kennedy. Our politicians are beneath contempt.
Give them some time and they’ll figure out how to blame this on Bush..
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.
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.
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