How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

I have written many times about how this government waste millions and even billions…..believe it or not most of the waste is NOT….let me repeat that for the thick headed…..NOT in the welfare system.

After 9/11 a new class of waste has arisen in Washington….those people that are profiting from FEAR…..in the name of national security truck loads of cash are been wasted and profiteering is at a premium…..

As usual….I can find a good article in the magazine, The American Conservative, and this one covers the riches being made off of FEAR and the illusion of national security.

In no place in America are the abrupt changes in the nation’s security posture so keenly reflected in real estate and lifestyle than the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the decade after 9/11,

Source: How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury | The American Conservative

Too many Americans will not see this for what it is…..instead they will blame Bertha with 4 kids and no job….sad how that works.

Only the Pentagon Could Spend $640 on a Toilet Seat

I try to point out just how much money the Pentagon wastes in the course of “doing business”…..we all know the famous stories of a $1000 screw or the $200 hammer and of course the “famous” $600 toilet seat…..but the waste goes much deeper than those that get highlighted occasionally….

What your tax dollars go towards at America’s defense headquarters.

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.  Other hot-off-the-presses examples would include the Army’s purchase of helicopter gears worth $500 each for $8,000 each and the accumulation of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons components that will never be used. And then there’s the one that would have to be everyone’s favorite Pentagon waste story: the spending of $50,000 to investigate the bomb-detecting capabilities of African elephants. (And here’s a shock: they didn’t turn out to be that great!) The elephant research, of course, represents chump change in the Pentagon’s wastage sweepstakes and in the context of its $600-billion-plus budget, but think of it as indicative of the absurd lengths the Department of Defense will go to when what’s at stake is throwing away taxpayer dollars.

Source: Only the Pentagon Could Spend $640 on a Toilet Seat | The Nation

Yes this is an awful waste……if we accept that then the next point is how did this happen?

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades. Other hot-off-the-presses examples would include the Army’s purchase of helicopter gears worth $500 each for $8,000 each and the accumulation of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons components that will never be used. And then there’s the one that would have to be everyone’s favorite Pentagon waste story: the spending of $50,000 to investigate the bomb-detecting capabilities of African elephants. (And here’s a shock: they didn’t turn out to be that great!) The elephant research, of course, represents chump change in the Pentagon’s wastage sweepstakes and in the context of its $600-billion-plus budget, but think of it as indicative of the absurd lengths the Department of Defense will go to when what’s at stake is throwing away taxpayer dollars.

Source: How Not to Audit the Pentagon | The American Conservative

The truly sad part is that many Americans DO NOT care how much is wasted as long as it is not wasted on poor people or hungry people…..pathetic!

Where Will The Money Go?

It was barely noticed that the Congress did the 2017 Federal budget….we did not notice because of the train wreck that few can look away that is the 2016 election….

The Budget is passed and now I would like to show you where your tax dollars will go.

We can bitch and moan about all those “freeloaders” riding the government skirt tail but look at the pie chart and tell me where all the money will go.

And this is where your money goes…..a Brick!

Source: F-35 Is Expensive Disaster – Money Could Be Spent on Infrastructure Fixes

Want The Country To Save money?

Every year we have a Hell debate on where the country can save money….all in an effort to balance a budget that NO one wants to balance.

Yes, I support Bernie…..granted there are parts of his platform that I do not agree with, mostly on foreign policy, but overall his policies are 100 times better than anything from his party or that other party.

There has been lots of lip bumping about Bernie’s policies being too expensive and expansive….well then let us look at what his policies will do for the country…..

 

Granted these figures may be a bit optimistic….but at least it is a start.

As soon as the Clinton campaign issues a break down similar to this one then I will pass it on to my readers.

You see I like candidates that show me where the money will come from and where it will go…..not just babble on some subject that will get my fires stoked….any fool can play to emotions …….I prefer reason…….sadly it is not that popular these days.

Until then …..Feel The Bern!

Study: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Cost US a Half Million Jobs

One of Obama’s signature policies will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  A piece of CRAP!

There are some that think this deal which was conceived and passed in secret will not be the end all for the economic problems of the US.  To me it smells like just another NAFTA which cost millions of jobs and our manufacturing base, but Clintonites still cling to this failed policy as if it were the second coming.

The TPP has promised to revitalize our economy with jobs and trade…..but is it the benefit that the admin boyz are selling?

One study says that its is NOT the benefit that is being promised.

A group of economists studying the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have concluded that the sweeping trade agreement will have a net negative impact on the US economy.

Economic researchers with Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute said Monday that widely cited projections claiming the TPP will boost economic activity in the US are “based on unrealistic assumptions.”

Instead, the economists noted, the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will likely lead to the loss of 448,000 jobs from the US workforce, while lowering GDP by more than a half-percentage point over the next decade.

Source: Study: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Cost US a Half Million Jobs, Drag Down GDP – Linkis.com

Good deal for those people with more money than principles….not so much for the working stiff……

Yet another nail in the coffin of the middle class.

I am so proud!

IST Military Update

My last of the day will be an update on things happening within our military…..most of this did not make national news but I feel that it is important none the less…..

I have written much about a “flying brick” the F-35 which was suppose to replace the very successful A-10 Warthog…..this is an expensive and unreliable airplane that billions have been spent on its development and sadly has had more problems than successes…..finally some rational conclusions…..

This is one of my fave pics of this “brick”…….

Officials are finally admitting the F-35 fighter has turned into a nightmare—but it’s too late to stop the $400 billion program now.

Source: Military Admits Billion-Dollar War Toy F-35 Is F**ked – The Daily Beast

Too late to stop?  So instead of pulling the plug they will continue to waste taxpayer money…is that about it?

We are told by all players in government that there is nothing too good for our troops, right?  They get the best equipment, best training and the best health care…..well that may not be too accurate…….

Incredible waste is, of course, natural to Washington, particularly in the trillion dollar national security budget—which includes nuclear bombs, intelligence, and veterans’ costs. Three years ago, when I suggested “16 Ways to Cut Defense Spending,” one of the cost savings I wrote about was duplicative hospital costs, this from a system of separate Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services. They should be combined into a single system, but imagine the screaming about lost jobs.

Source: Why Military Hospitals Are Unhealthy and Inefficient | The American Conservative

What can we expect when each service is in competition with every other service……just another way to spend the taxpayer’s money that does not have to be so complicated.

I have written in the past about the Draft……I have said that if we continue all this interventionism then maybe it should be considered once again……but it seems that the Pentagon does not agree with me……

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday appeared to favor abolishing the draft, amid the debate over whether women should be forced to register.

“It stands to reason that you will reconsider the Selective Service System and its treatment of females in view of the Department of Defense policies and practices with respect to women,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “But the second thing I’d like to say about the Selective Service System and the draft generally is this: We want to pick our people. We don’t want people forced to serve us.”

Source: Pentagon chief: ‘We don’t want a draft’ | TheHill

There is your round-up of military situations…..you know more now than when you began reading…..go and enjoy your weekend.