[Democrat ] 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…--Shaun Waterman THE WASHINGTON TIMESWhat? Not only has the Democrat president dragged his feet for weeks on end deciding whether to send reinforcements to support the 17,000 men and women of the arms forces that he chose to send to Afghanistan. His hand picked General, General McChrysal has called for 10,000 to 40,000 troops, not to win the war but just to maintain status quo which is a travesty.
Now unbelievably Democrats are stealing troop funds meant for guns and ammo.
How in the world is this happening and is this how Democrats govern? Apparently so!
$2.6 billion dollars is what Democrats have so far purloined from the defense budget. They have attaching 778 projects also known as ear marks to the spending appropriation meant to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This money will go to Democrat home projects while our sons and daughters get short changed as they lay their lives out on the battlefield for their country. And this at a time when America has no money! (see story)
This is unconscionable yet according to reporter Shaun Waterman that’s $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 just to start.
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.According to Winslow Wheeler the $636 billion [defense budget] that the president requested and the Senate passed was loaded down with earmarks. He discovered that senators added $2.6 billion in pet projects (earmarks) while spending $4 billion less than the administration requested for fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1.
He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.
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—Winslow Wheeler, senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.Democrats tried to ram through this type of spending with President Bush and once they held war funding hostage because the president would not sign a bill that was laden with this kind of pork and he demanded that they send him a war appropriation that would fund the war without this type of excessive spending. (see article)
Congress has loaded up President Bush's request for "emergency" spending on the Iraq war with more than $20 billion in "pork" for members' districts.And before you tell me that Republicans are also earmarking let me say yes I know. The question is which Republicans?
Money for peanut storage in Georgia, spinach growers in California, menhaden in the Atlantic Ocean and even more office space for the lawmakers themselves is included in what has ballooned into a $124 billion war bill. -- Charles Hurt
The culprits are Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the double shame from Maine! The only two RINO’s who are supporting Health Care Deform. And what are these two RINO’s getting for their Treachery? They are receiving $20 million in earmarks for Humvee maintenance at an Army National Guard installation in Maine, earmarks sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe.
Ironically, the senators justify their pork because of cuts in the maintenance program in their state proposed by the Barry Hussein Soetoro administration which would result in the "layoff of 175 employees in a region already suffering" from the recession. What the Soetoro administration is causing job loss? That can’t be right.
We have no money, America is broke. So why are Democrats and RINOs still abusing the system like nothing has changed?
Because nothing has change except the American people put the real criminals in charge of our govern last November and they are doing what they’ve always done. Only now there are no Republicans to protect the American people from the thieves in the Capitol.
They are stealing wealth like stealing candy from our babies’ future.
But the absolute worst of it is they are now stealing guns and ammo right from our troops when our troops are in the middle of fighting and defending us in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are fighting for this country and Democrats are stealing the money that they need to buy guns and ammo.
Thank you Obama!