posted on Mar, 10 2004 @ 08:31 AM
Military waste under fire
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time
because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes.
The Pentagon's unenviable reputation for waste will top the congressional agenda this week, when the House and Senate are expected to begin floor
debate on a Bush administration proposal to make sweeping changes in how the Pentagon spends money, manages contracts and treats civilian employees.
The Bush proposal, called the Defense Transformation for the 21st Century Act, arrives at a time when the nonpartisan General Accounting Office has
raised the volume of its perennial complaints about the financial woes at Defense, which recently failed its seventh audit in as many years.
perfect example of how this administration is all about spin: allow rampant corporate cronyism until you get caught. If you do get caught & it's
both undeniable AND the Congressional & Supreme Court GOP majorities can't cover it, propose some half-hearted measure that amounts to a "promise to
research some ways to change the problem", AND slide in some rider that further your agenda anyway!!!!! Read on....
Among the provisions in the 207-page plan, the department is asking Congress to allow Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to replace the civil
service system governing 700,000 nonmilitary employees with a new system to be detailed later.
The plan would also eliminate or phase out more than a hundred reports that now tell Congress, for instance, which Defense contractors support the
Arab boycott of Israel and when U.S. special forces train foreign soldiers, as well as many studies of program costs.
The administration's proposal, which would also give Rumsfeld greater authority to move money between accounts and exempt Defense from certain
environmental statutes, prompted influential House Democrats to write Speaker Dennis Hastert last week complaining that the proposals would
"increase the level of waste, fraud, and abuse . . . by vastly reducing (Defense) accountability."
"The Congress has increased defense spending from $300 billion to $400 billion over three years at the same time that the Pentagon has failed to
address financial problems that dwarf those of Enron," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, one of the letter's signatories.
So there you have the perfect illustration of the GW Bush White House:
- Massive cronyism
- The solution to the problem, in their eyes, is not to stop the waste which takes our money needed for other areas, but to stop the oversight so
people won't know about it making it appear that the problem is solved.
- Rework the accounting of the transactions so it is alle funnelled through one of their under bosses; Rumsfield in this case.
- And of course, make sure that all the good little Republicans in Washington "WHISPER" about a $1 TRILLION chunk gone-O-missing.