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Senators Divert Funds For Military Training, Ammunition and Fuel To Pet Projects (Earmarks)

They’re shameless when it comes to building personal monuments to themselves or to boosting their re-election chances – they’ll even take funds designated for a military fighting two wars to do it:

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.

Senator Tom Coburn expresses my sentiment in a much more moderated tone than I’m feeling right now:

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

“The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines,” he said in a statement.

Come on Senator – there’s an election approaching. Diverting money from training, fuel, maintenance and ammunition accounts to help their chances to retain power is much more important that the lives of our troops in combat.

Honoring a dead Kennedy certainly takes priority over teaching some young warrior how to avoid being killed in combat. Another museum in a key state is much more important than ensuring soldiers are able to maintain the equipment necessary to their survival. And, of course, they don’t need that much ammo – do they?

I’ll stop here, but my disgust for the political pigs engaged in this sort of looting knows no depth or bounds. They’d steal the coins off a dead man’s eyes if they thought it would help them politically.  And that disgust extends to those who do the same thing without endangering our troops. It is just a matter of degree, not kind.



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17 Responses to Senators Divert Funds For Military Training, Ammunition and Fuel To Pet Projects (Earmarks)

  • Senators being sc*mbags? Senators being thieves? Really? Will wonders never cease?

  • Rope.


    Lamp post.

    Some assembly required.

  • Didn’t these exact same things happen during the Clinton administration? I can remember Army helicopters being grounded regularly because of a lack of spare parts and fuel. I can also remember mechanized units being parked because of a lack of fuel. Training exercises were scaled back big time. I’m not sure of the Navy and Air Force but I would think they experienced the same shortages.

    How long has it been since McChrystal asked for more troops? That would be troops for “the good war.” That would be the troops he said he would send before he was elected.

    Bam Bam is not serious about being commander-in-chief.

  • The only problem I see in any of this is the part that wasn’t mentioned.
    That the money the thieves are spending is stolen!
    Why should I care what the thieves do with the loot after its stolen?
    The best you can do is:
    1) Prevent them from stealing from you.
    2) Steal from the thieves.

  • The political pigs are those politicians who use our young men to fight wars of aggression, turning them into killers, often ruining their lives and of course destroying the lives of innocents overseas. The evil being done in our name through our aggressive military action is an act of shame, and I know that I am doing all I can to make sure my boys aren’t seduced by those agents of evil that try to entice innocent Americans into joining the military. Not until we have a truly defensive military, not one that engages in offensive policies that target the innocent to pursue the goals of the elite, will I see it as an honorable profession. It’s time to massively cut military spending and use the money on something worthwhile for the American people. Killing people is not worthwhile.

    • Anyone reading what you just wrote may think differently.

      At any rate thank you. It’s always good when you let your mask slip. Expect these words to be used against you every time you open your mouth from now on.

    • those agents of evil that try to entice innocent Americans into joining the military

      Wow. I shouldn’t be surprised, but somehow I am. This is sick.

    • Scott is trying again to reclaim the high moral ground of 1930s pacifism, as practiced then in France, especially, and the U.K.

      He teaches this stuff, but when he feels particularly bad about how he is being treated, history began tomorrow.

      It wasn’t long after 9/11 that he blamed the attacks on American foreign policy are started talking about how it was only about “a couple of tall buildings” being “knocked down.”

      The mask does indeed drop from time to time, the pretense fades, naked narcissism climbs out of the pod.

    • Killing people is not worthwhile.

      I think if you caught a child predator kidnapping your children and saw him grabbing for a knife to kill them, you would decide that killing him was immensely worthwhile, for the simple reason that you would consider your children’s lives worth more than the life of the monster.
      If I’m wrong and you honestly would allow your kids to be killed, then you’re a failure as a father and as a man.


  • You know, I had a long talk with an old friend tonight. He is a former liberal who has moved to the right with years (and, like me, passed his family a long time ago, as they are still on the Left).

    He said something really interesting: the H1N1 disaster is upon us, and no one seems to be mentioning two things: 1) that the government fugged this thing up really bad, and that 2) the fugging up has caused many people, including children, to die needlessly.

    So, he bemused, imagine if George W. Bush, or any Republican, were in office right now. Of course, the Demmies would not be above saying that “Bush’s incompetence caused this to happen.” Some Demmies (I would say lesser bulbs, but since a low IQ is a must for being a Democrat, that doesn’t mean a whole lot) would even go so far as saying on MSDNC, The Comedy Network, that Bush “caused” these children to die with his negligence. Think not? Of course they would.

    The other thing he mentioned was that as we are in the midst of this argument over gubmint-run health care, the question should arise: if the US gubmint cannot do one simple thing in the health care field like making sure that enough vaccines are ready for the H1N1 onslaught, what optimism is there that a “robust public option” will be any more than a profit-less Marxist experiment that will destroy this country? We have people dying from the gubmint’s lack of foresight, so how much can we trust that they will make sure that this “robust public option” works? Not much, as far as he was concerned.

    Of course, don’t expect MSDNC, The Comedy Network, or CNN, or CBS, ABC, or NBC, to raise this question. And if Fox News does, the White House will just say that they are playing politics, or lying, or making things up, which is what The Clown™ and his maladministration says when confronted with anything but tremendous arse-kissing from the media.

  • It is my sincerest hope that these Senators will now be subjected to endless campaign adds from their opponents stating how “Senator SO and SO just stole supplies from our troops so he could get a monument!”

    By the Way Erb, you just put the big lie to the “we support the troops but not the war” bullshit that the left always puts out. Because if you really did give a shit about the troops you would be angry at the rest of us instead of the usual garbage about unnecessary wars. The fact is we have troops in harms way right now regardless, but you don’t give a damn about them.

    • Kyle, Erb is trolling — yet again. Since we’re ignoring him more frequently, he’s resorting to posting ever more outrageous statements in the hopes that it will rile everyone into responding.

      Do you notice how often he plugs his own blog? If he had any readers there, he wouldn’t be here touting it.

      It’s pathetic.

  • Erb reminds me of “Dr. Strangelove” or Hollis Wood (Slim Pickens) in “1941”. But so do others.

  • “Not until we have a truly defensive military, not one that engages in offensive policies that target the innocent to pursue the goals of the elite, will I see it as an honorable profession.”

    Translation: Using the military in this way is a clear indicator of poor execution on the part of central planning. This is a domestic function that should be accomplished by local commisars, watched by the state police under the direct control of the national government. The current administration seems to be on the right track with the health care plan, and to a lesser extent cap & trade (that bill is missing the level of punishment that is inherent to withholding medical care). The military should merely defend threatened peoples. Like when the Russians heroically stepped in to massacre Georgian forces that dared to attempt to stop the artillery coming from South Ossetia.