Posts Tagged ‘pork pet projects’

Democrats In Congress Show Their Contempt For Troops, Steal Their Money

October 16, 2009

Never think you’ve plumbed the depths of how depraved Democrats are:

U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects

By Shaun Waterman THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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.

Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $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.

While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, “in 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year,” said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called the transfer of funds from Pentagon operations and maintenance “a disgrace.”

Taking operational funds from our soldiers in time of war is vastly more than a “disgrace.”

Fuel?  Ammunition? Bah!  Let the soldiers – who are warmongers by definition – die at the hands of terrorists while trapped weaponless in their foxholes.  Pork for Democrat re-election campaigns, that’s what’s really needed.

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