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Bullet points about government waste


POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:42pm

Many KETK viewers have brought the following to my attention, and it's being fought about in left and right-wing blogs, but I'm using the Stars and Stripes.

I figured they'd know better than anyone.

This was written by by Tom Vanden Brook in USA TODAY re-run by Stars and Stripes:

"The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1-billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources. It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction - valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon - remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY."

The result is a potential waste of unknown value.

Let's get this straight, federal law enforcement needs all if this ammunition and the military doesn't have at least a working knowledge of what we have?

"There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don't have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military's antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases."

The Army and Pentagon, in a statement, acknowledged "the need to automate the process" and will make it a priority in future budgets. In all, the Pentagon manages a stockpile of conventional ammunition worth $70 billion.

Is this a government project or what?

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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Well no, DrDavidC,

The IAEA found 2 tons of low-enriched uranium (sufficient raw material for a single nuclear weapon.) Nerve gas shells (mustard gas and sarin gas) were found. Lots of them were moved to Syria. They also found "biological laboratories" including a strain of botulinum bacteria.

Don't believe me? Check out the PBS website on Saddam's WMD. It's on their 'FRONTLINE' portion of their website. Saddam claimed he destroyed all of them but UNSCOM found that not to be the case.

Yes DrDavidC, and Saddam would still be there, maybe with nukes.

Afghanistan would still be huge training ground for Al Qaeda, and maybe another 9/11 (or two) by now.

Yes there is waste, but some things we have to do, and destroying tyrants who threaten America are some of the ones we have to expend lives and treasure to keep America safe.

You want us to save money? OK, South Korea really does not need our army there now (60 years it has been there), just some short range nukes.

Saddam never had nor would have nukes ! You drank the Cheney kook-aid. It was all lies. He had no WMDs at all! WHERE'S the data & evidence.? You're making claims again with no evidence or proof. I never said anything about Afghanistan. But we should have ripped them up & left! Remain fluid, not fixed. They never know where you are or will hit next. Manning bases & staying > 1yr was so 19th century warfare! Cowboys & Indians mentality! Other countries do 1/10th we do, & they're safe!

BTW- I agree with Neal on this one... lots of waste in the DOD !! and that's a HUGE part of the budget. and FYI- we spend more on our DOD than the next 25-30 countries COMBINED. That includes Russia, China, Korea, all of them !!! WHY, for what purpose ? What did the $2-3 trillion we dumped down the rat-hole called Iraq do for us ?? What if we'd taken that $ and put it into infrastructure, medical research, energy research... we'd be "light -years" ahead !!!

Obama is trying to CUT military waste?

Hahahahaha... no idiot. We have China on the verge of having a battle fleet with aircraft carriers and they will try to control most of the Pacific, including the Philippines and Japan. Putin, in Russia, took the Crimea and now will take the Ukraine. North Korea is still nutso, and Iran about to get the atomic bomb.

And what does Obama want to do? Cut the military. No wonder Putin and Xi Jinping are pushing ahead, one makes hay with Obama at the helm.


Federal government fleece American Taxpayers every day to. And sure 1/2 of the military budget goes to private corps... I mean don... where do you think the military buys it's equipment? Federal government don't have any factories, right don? Think about it.

Speaking of that don... Does not Dianne Feinstein & Barbara Boxer, Democrat Senators, have husbands who get $$$ contracts from the Federal Government.. INCLUDING MILITARY?

Shuzam, right don?

private corporations fleece American Taxpayers every day and the republatards defend them at every turn and cry when they can not give them even more tax breaks. 51% of the military budget goes to private corporations.

And dave,

tell us how Sen. Reid of Nevada can be a big millionaire but has just been a 'civil servant' for all his life. Or both Democrat Senators from California can be millionaires (but their husbands run companies that just somehow get alot of government contracts. BIG government contracts)

Hope for change in 2014. Show Dems the door, the unemployment door that is.

LOL. Neal just figured out the fact that the Pentagon can't pass an audit. My favorite Republican was Eisenhower, he told the plain truth in his farewell address. Now the military and defense contractors collude to serve their best interest. Public be damned. Neal or someone in his network could engage in some journalism. How about an investigative report on the matter? Tell us how defense contractors make millions while vets die from lack of basic care.

Definition of gov't work: measure it with a micrometer. mark it with a chalkline, and cut it with an axe.
A few years ago I got an order from the local military base for metal primer in which they were using specs for lead based primer, illegal for at least 1 yrs at the time.

And we wonder WHY ammo prices are high? Obama government is buying it all up, just to do gun control by other means.

Hope for change in 2014. Vote Tea Party, Libertarians, and Republicans in... Make the party Democrat a non-party.

Are you serious?? The BO administration is buying it up? Where are your sources for " your data"? That's just a bat-sht crazy conspiracy theory! You watch Fox a lot? IF that were true, how do all these crazy idiots that create massacres (we've had 3-4 in the last 2 months) get their ammo? They all run over to WH and pick it up? I'd do some research before I made illogical statements !


So why not blame the republatards who are in charge in Texas for driving the price of ammo up because they also buy hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo every month.

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