Thursday, October 15, 2009

Why Johny Can't Shoot Back

According to an October 15 Washington Times article, by Shaun Waterman (U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects), in the recently passed Defense Spending Bill, Senators rerouted more than $2.5 billion in federal dollars to their own projects, and analysts claim much of that money has been taken from accounts that funded fuel, weapons, and training programs for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Times article indicates that 778 such earmarks have been identified, including $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

Commenting on the reallocation of funds, Senator Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma said, "The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines."

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