Senate Diverts US Troops $ For Pet Projects

15 10 2009
Our soldiers in Afghanistan

Our soldiers in Afghanistan

Today’s Washington Times reports that the U.S. Senate diverted $2.6 billion from a defense spending bill to pet projects. The money would have gone to pay for fuel, ammunition, and training for our troops, including the brave men and women fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead, the money was diverted to fund 778 pet projects, known as earmarks, which were packed into the bill. The pet projects 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 (D-Mass), who was persuaded by his family members to delete from his memoir his claim of having had sex with more than 1,000 women.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Oklahoma) called the transfer of funds from Pentagon operations and maintenance “a disgrace.”

Senators took most of the cash for the projects from the “operations and maintenance” or O&M accounts, which pay for troop training, repairs, spares and supplies for vehicles, weapons, ships and planes, food and fuel.

To read the entire article, go HERE.

~Eowyn

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24 responses

15 10 2009
giovanniworld

Tom Coburn is correct… It is a disgrace!

The Democrat Party is a disgrace!
The Republican Party is a disgrace! (Although better than the Dem Party)
The Main Stream Media is a disgrace!
The Marxist scum-bags in the Obama administration are a disgrace!
The president himself, Barack Hussein Obama IS A DISGRACE!

Taking from funds that could go to our military in the middle of a war is a disgusting and dubious disgrace!

Gio-

15 10 2009
Cec Moon

Scamming money from the troops to build one more “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE” is about par for these treasonous weasels. Who knows, maybe Bob Byrd needed one more library/school/highway/culvert/outhouse in the wilds of West Virginia.

Currently, the dirtiest word in politics is without a doubt; incumbency. Those guys who were talking about the “Flip This House” program need to up their efforts, as do we all.

15 10 2009
giovanniworld

Cec,

It’s sickening to know that these dirt-bags don’t seem to care if the public finds out about something like this. When their arrogance gets this bad it’s time for them to go… to CUBA!

Gio-

16 10 2009
grannywithapitchfotk

Gio

Cuba’s too close. It’s time for them to go . . . straight to HELL.

Love, Granny

16 10 2009
giovanniworld

HELLO GRANNY!!!

We sure are glad to see you back here after your tussle with the Explorer. All of us were praying for you, so it looks like it worked!

What’s the prognosis?

Gio-

16 10 2009
Eowyn

Dear Granny,

It’s G-R-E-A-T to see you well enough to be online!

I hope Cec is giving you tender loving care 😉

16 10 2009
bkeyser

Granny! Nice to see you up and in front of a keyboard! I hope all is going well and you’re healing quickly! -Bob

17 10 2009
grannywithapitchfotk

Thanks, guys. I’ll live, but it wasn’t fun. It seems Gio had a similar injury at one time and I plan on picking his brain so that I can get every last detail of the progress of this thing. However, this small injury is nothing like what our troops are going through. And every time I think about the money being diverted away from them to “pet projects” I want to tear something apart.

Love

Granny

17 10 2009
DCG

Diverting money for a Ted Kennedy edcuational institute – WTF? Are they going to teach them how to drink and drive without going over a bridge?

Granny – glad you’re home and doing better!

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