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no oversight of military spending

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  • Democrat
    Julian, CA
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    The Defense Department's inspector general affirmed once again (following on 2013 disclosures) that the agency has little knowledge of where its money goes - this time admitting that the Department of the Army had made $6.5 trillion in accounting "adjustments" that appeared simply to be made up out of thin air, just to get the books balanced for 2015. (In part, the problem was laid to 16,000 financial data files that simply disappeared with no trace.) "As a result" reported Fortune magazine, "there has been no way to know how the Defense Department - far and away the biggest chunk of Congress's annual budget - spends the public's money." The fact that America's corporate mass media never mentions these shocking facts to the American people means the ones who own the corporate mass news media are the very ones who are benefiting from all this corruption, fraud and waste.
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    Ft.myers, FL
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    progressiveconnie Wrote: The Defense Department's inspector general affirmed once again (following on 2013 disclosures) that the agency has little knowledge of where its money goes - this time admitting that the Department of the Army had made $6.5 trillion in accounting "adjustments" that appeared simply to be made up out of thin air, just to get the books balanced for 2015. (In part, the problem was laid to 16,000 financial data files that simply disappeared with no trace.) "As a result" reported Fortune magazine, "there has been no way to know how the Defense Department - far and away the biggest chunk of Congress's annual budget - spends the public's money." The fact that America's corporate mass media never mentions these shocking facts to the American people means the ones who own the corporate mass news media are the very ones who are benefiting from all this corruption, fraud and waste.

    Connie, I wrote about this way back. All the "lost" money in Iraq, all the lost war tools in Afghanistan as well the "pay-off's". Let alone the cost of all the war tools, which in reality cost much less. Like the F35 costing now well over 400 million a piece, while it barely flies; let alone the operational cost due to all the modifications needed. Just to be clear the "profit" margin on all this stuff is enormous. I did some government contract work and experienced this. Why do you think an army toilet seat costs $500.- a piece? Yes the Pentagon is an huge waste basket, but don't underestimate the cost of having a President who is an equal waste basket related what the cost is to keep him in power.

    If we still would have all this wasted money then this would be an healthy rich country with super healthcare, high speed rail, great infrastructure, clean environment and only few poor people.

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    Pensacola, FL
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    There is no opposing view. Status quo is satisfied.