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Conservatives should stop defending Pentagon waste and fraud
Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 22 2013 | VERONIQUE DE RUGY |

Posted on 11/26/2013 10:21:54 PM PST by WilliamIII

How can some policymakers claim to be fiscal conservatives when they won’t allow small spending cuts to the defense budget to go through?

We've seen that the “sky is falling” predictions about sequestration haven't materialize. Yet lawmakers in both houses of Congress are still seeking to at least partially undo the spending reductions in the Budget Control Act of 2011, despite evidence the Pentagon is wasting taxpayer dollars on overly expensive -- and arguably unnecessary -- projects.

A recent amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act by Republican Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., attempts to mitigate sequestration’s impact on the Pentagon by stretching the reductions out over the next eight years.

According to Congressional Quarterly, their amendment "would raise the cap on defense spending in fiscal 2014 from $498 billion to $524 billion and lower the annual increase in defense spending between fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2021 from 2.5 percent to 1 percent, significantly below expected gross domestic product growth during the same period.”

Considering the inability of current policymakers to impose spending restraint on future congresses, trading actual cuts today for unlikely slower growth in spending tomorrow would be best described as a “dessert today, spinach tomorrow” plan.

Besides, for all the complaints about how the defense caps and sequester cuts are hurting our ability to defend the nation, there is a substantial and well-documented amount of evidence that there is a lot of waste and abuse in the Department of Defense.

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A HUGE part of the waste is due to the ridiculous nature acquisition regulations. It is amazing how many hoops you have to go through to procure the simplest of items.
21 posted on 11/27/2013 6:01:56 AM PST by Londo Molari
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