Thursday, October 15, 2009

Funds Meant for US Troops Diverted to Earmarks

This is shameful, but sadly typical of the games Congress plays with your tax money. The Washington Times has this shocking report: 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. According to the Times, there were 778 projects, known as earmarks. Those earmarks were tucked into that defense spending bill, and examples include $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." Full Article... The next time you hear about a US soldier dying in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else, consider this: That soldier might not have died if they'd been better equipped, and they might have been better equipped if not for those piggish, quasi-treasonous earmarks. Conservative Caps, Shirt and more! Leave a Comment - Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Visit us on Twitter!