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Supporting the Troops the Democrat Way

By Diverting 2.6 BILLION DOLLARS from funds for troop training, fuel, operations, and AMMUNITION.

While those troops are engaged in one of the most remote and logistically austere regions of the world.

U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects
Study finds $2.6 billion taken from guns and ammunition

By Shaun Waterman
The Washington Times


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.

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.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called the transfer of funds from Pentagon operations and maintenance "a disgrace."

Leadership as practiced by Democrats; beggaring Tommy for the greater glory of Teddy.


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Comments (7)

$20 million to launch an... (Below threshold)

$20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

A place that gives swimming lessons?

What a bunch of crooks. </... (Below threshold)
The Whistler:

What a bunch of crooks.

Falze,"A place tha... (Below threshold)
SER Author Profile Page:

Falze,

"A place that gives swimming lessons?"

- where do I send the bill for the coffee I spit up (laughing) on my keyboard?

Should the demacratic donke... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Should the demacratic donkey/pig get shot at dawn or be sent to the spicemines of kessel for life?

Every time I think Congress... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Every time I think Congress can't find another more reprehensible scheme, I'm wrong.

Time for some real Change in Washington. These ass-hats don't deserve to represent us.

Imagine the shrieking if th... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Imagine the shrieking if the Republicans had diverted $2.6 billion from some social program to the military.

My comment was taken down. ... (Below threshold)
Bob:

My comment was taken down.
Interesting.
I'll try it again, free speech and all.

Taking back 00.48% of a military budget that has doubled in 10 years is a call to arms for panty twisters everywhere.




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