When the vote was cast, it became clear that fighting wasteful military spending is not a clearly partisan issue. 39 Democrats, 24 Republicans and 1 independent voted against cutting the unwanted C-17 planes from the military budget.
If the United States were to reduce its military spending to 20 percent of its current level, the result would be 568.8 billion dollars in savings every year. That would be more than enough to make up for gaps in the projected budget of Social Security for as far as anyone could project, and to keep Medicare and Medicaid financially solid far into the future as well.
20 million dollars to pay a bunch of assassins who sit around and never even try to kill anybody? This is what they call Homeland Security?
It was supposed to be that nobody in the Senate could stop the Democrats, but that perspective presumed that the Democrats would be a cohesive, meaningful voting bloc ready to follow through on the Democrat Party’s promises of reform. As the problems with Carl Levin’s F-22 amendment show, that voting bloc has yet to materialize.
Imagine if the government hired a worker to commute 17 hours before coming to work for one hour, and then driving back home for 17 hours again. Republicans would be up in arms about the waste. Yet, every Republican on the House Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of spending more money on buying F-22 jet fighters.
Today, an entire top of a laptop computer just got thrown away because it was missing an S key. That’s outrageous waste.
The Pentagon increases a huge spending program by 50 percent, and then claims to be ending the program’s waste. The 2010 military budget proposed by the Obama Administration is full of little maneuvers like this.
The research budget of the Littoral Combat Ship has ballooned from 856 million dollars to 2.1 billion dollars. Even as the first two ships are being deployed, not all of the ship’s “critical technologies” are described as “fully mature”. The Navy has also described the mere act of putting the Littoral Combat Ship into the water as a “major risk” to its design. How would you like to be sent out to sea on that ship in wartime?
Look to the canoeists andkayakers. While the jet skiers sit and bend their wrists, people who go by canoe and kayak put their whole bodies into it. They’re pulling through the water with their chests, their backs, their arms, and even using their legs. They’re tight. They’re hard. They’ve got the circulation it takes to really perform.
Fourteen billion dollars for a control tower on an airfield where nothing flies other than two helicopters? If this report is true, it’s just one more of a long line of anecdotes of obscene waste of money by the American military.
When the P-34 Lickbox Fighter is subjected to an attempted attack, it will divide into 50 robots, each a few feet in height. These robots will quickly disperse, engaging in a random array of possible behaviors…