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These  cuts in the Food Stamp program known as S.N.A.P. are just barbaric.....reading some of the stories about people who now will have trouble feeding their children will just tear your heart out...

Of course if you are a Republican there is no heart to tear out!  Oh they will say it's needed because we can't spend money on freeloaders who just want to suck off the government teat as it were.   Apparently the same philosophy doesn't hold when it comes to the military.   More after the orange thing

As a progressive thinking human, I've always figured there was waste in military spending but it has always been kind of a vague , hazy concept.  An article byJohn LaForge in Consortium News has really brought things into sharper focus.....

The waste and fraud is even worse than I had ever imagined

I had always thought the military brass would welcome any money for any program thrown their way...but LaForge says even the military can only take so much..

Even more insulting are the weapons programs unwanted by the pentagon that keep getting funded again and again.  Military brass have said the new Joint-Strike fighter jet bomber ( or F-35) and additional upgrades to the M-1 Abrams tanks are unnecessary. The 6,000 completed M-1 upgrades are enough says DOD.  Baltimore Sun blogger Terry Munson reported Aug. 17  that zeroing the Abrams rehab program would save 3.5 billion dollars
LaForge goes on to say that the Pentagon itself  has suggested cutting programs that would amount to saving 3.6 billion by 2017 but somebody won't let them...
The same congressional budget cutters who call for small government have insured the useless military boondoggles in their districts stay big---even while providing fewer jobs per billions of dollars spent than any other sector of expenditure.
You know what, if you want to vote to keep the pork in your district, fine, I get the time honored tradition. But don't turn around and take food out of the mouths of starving children because you want to cut down on waste and fraud and keep government small.. YOu ca't have it jboth ways!!
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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

    by tvdude on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:35:59 PM PST

  •  Can you change the title? (6+ / 0-)

    As the rest of the diary points out, the military is not the source of the waste.  It is Congress using the DoD budget as an ATM that is the problem.

    The F-35 is a money pit that DoD has tried to kill off but its build in just about every congressional district in the country.  Besides cost why would the military not want the F-35?

    In November 2011, a Pentagon study team identified the following 13 areas of concern that remained to be addressed in the F-35:
    The helmet-mounted display system does not work properly.
    The fuel dump subsystem poses a fire hazard.
    The Integrated Power Package is unreliable and difficult to service.
    The F-35C's arresting hook does not work.
    Classified "survivability issues", which have been speculated to be about stealth.
    The wing buffet is worse than previously reported.
    The airframe is unlikely to last through the required lifespan.
    The flight test program has yet to explore the most challenging areas.
    The software development is behind schedule.
    The aircraft is in danger of going overweight or, for the F-35B, not properly balanced for VTOL operations.
    There are multiple thermal management problems. The air conditioner fails to keep the pilot and controls cool enough, the roll posts on the F-35B overheat, and using the afterburner damages the aircraft.
    The automated logistics information system is partially developed.
    The lightning protection on the F-35 is uncertified, with areas of concern.
    Things like the arresting hook NOT WORKING are kinda a big deal.  So is the Afterburner damaging the aircraft.  But noooooo we keep plugging ahead with something we dont want or need because Congress wants $$$$ for districts.

    I have no issues with your overall point but lets put blame where it belongs.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:49:33 PM PST

  •  I used to work for the USDA as a researcher. (5+ / 0-)

    We had something like 100 field stations around the country, most of them tiny. Every once in a while an administrator would try to close one and move the people to a more centralized location, which would lead to better and cheaper science.

    It never worked, because Congress.

  •  Children don't vote; nor, for the most part, (1+ / 0-)
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    do their mothers. So, if somebody has to be dumped on, made an example of, they're handy.
    It's a form of extortion. It's how incumbents proclaim, "if you don't want to suffer the same fate, you'd better vote right." Which is why the sequester is nothing more than a response to the fact that lots of people did not vote right. Indeed, I'd argue that the whole recession is nothing but a response to the fact that the American electorate did not vote right in 2008 or 2012.

    Fact is that if a person is lusting for power, he does not do the job for which he was hired and he does not manage well. Power, to be felt, has to hurt.
    When the Cons complain that Barack Obama is a weak President, that's a valid observation from their perspective as power mavens. Worst of all, Barack Obama has stopped covering up for Congressional malfeasance. Had he more pride, he would not admit being subordinate to Congressional whims. He'd tough it out and Congress could go its merry way, pretending to be both impotent and well-intentioned. Planning to fail only serves to protect the incumbents as long as the strategy is not revealed. Once it is revealed, citizens (including corporate CEOs) begin to catch on that they've been suckered and their resentment grows.
    The Tea Party's misfortune lies in the fact that the cadre from which they can pick alternatives is very thin. Chambers of Commerce have been staffing local boards with morons for so long that there's almost no talent to call on. Failed bankers and insurance brokers do not make good legislators. Just look at Scott Brown, for example.

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