Skip to comments.Somebody Should Tell Politicians that the Military Budget is for National Defense,
Posted on 08/22/2012 5:04:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
I agree with George Will that its okay to reduce Pentagon spending. After all, the United States accounts for almost one-half of the worlds military outlays, about twice as much as the combined total of possible enemies.
But I also agree that national defense is one of the few legitimate functions of the federal government, so I want to make sure we get the most bang for the buck (no pun intended) from every penny.
Thats why I get especially irritated when I read horror stories about Pentagon waste.
But in many cases, its not the fault of the Generals and Admirals. Americas military is forced to waste money because the politicians in Washington are motivated by cronyism, corruption, pork, and political correctness.
For example, lets look at an excerpt from a column in the Washington Examiner.
Imagine youre a legislator in a country with a bloated budget of almost $4 trillion and a record level of spending that requires massive deficits and could mean job-killing tax increases. Now imagine youve got a weapons program that is billions over budget, a decade behind schedule and unwanted even by those for whom it is intended. What would you do? If you said, Earmark the program another $380 million, youre apparently qualified to serve on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. The weapons program is the Medium Extended Air Defense System, a joint venture with Germany and Italy that was zeroed out by three of four relevant congressional funding authorities. But the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense decided the program was worth a $380 million earmark, and the full committee passed the final bill along with a unanimous vote.
Im not an expert on weapons systems. Heck, I know less about such matters than Obamas cabinet knows about the economy. But it certainly seems foolish to throw good money after bad on a program that doesnt work. Especially when the military doesnt want it!
And here are a couple of sentences from a Forbes column about part of the military budget being diverted to subsidize solar power.
The U.S. Army is looking for a few good renewable energy projects. Some $7 billion worth. On Tuesday the Army began accepting bids for green energy installations that will be deployed on military bases and facilities across the U.S. The Army will sign contracts to buy the electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects for up to 30 years. The program is part of a Department of Defense initiative to meet at least 25% of energy demand on its bases from renewable sources by 2025. The military is also aiming its bases to become net zero consumers of electricity generating more power than they use by installing solar and other renewable energy systems.
Silly me. I thought the Pentagon was responsible for keeping the nation safe. I guess I missed the memo where it was tasked with being a tool for the green agenda.
These examples doubtlessly are just the tip of the iceberg. Politicians cant resist turning anything they touch into a vehicle for graft, waste, and foolishness.
To be sure, there are also big picture issues of national security that have to be resolved. Is NATO now an anachronism, as Steve Chapman persuasively argues? Is overseas intervention a pointless exercise, as Mark Steyn explains?
But whatever the mission, the Pentagons ability to carry it out is compromised when politicians treat the military budget like a goodie bag.
That ship sailed long ago. So many defense decisions are based on what it means for a congressman or senator's state and not for the country as a whole.
Someone should tell politicians that food stamp/welfare funds are for poor people to sustain themselves, not go to strip clubs, buy porterhouse steaks, i-Phones, Air Jordans, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, '24 rims and 40 ounces.
Obummer had all the VA Hospital Dr’s paychecks switched so they now come out of Defense.
Pelosi and company have been using DoD for social engineering for decades.
They don’t give a damn about the Constitutional role of the Military.
It interferes with their objective of power and control over the American people.
ping for later
No military person can just go and buy anything without congress appropriating money for that.
Out of control spending is the fault of the politicians not the military.