I don’t always agree with Tom Coburn, but I usually agree, and that’s good enough. A behemoth the size of the United States government wastes an incredible amount of money and Coburn exposes that annually. Apparently, the government spends so much money that now they don’t have money to pay our wounded vets. Or that’s what Washington would like you to believe.
The bi-partisan budget fiasco that just passed includes cuts to retired military vets to the tune of $6 billion dollars over 10 years. That would include injured vets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Senate Democrats blocked a measure that would defund welfare benefits for illegal aliens in order to restore the cuts to veterans. Yes, illegal aliens get the money and our wounded soldiers will not. Cutting those welfare payments would be a great idea in its own right, but even without them, Tom Coburn has already found the money.
In his annual Waste Book, Coburn has identified $30 billion dollars in waste that could be eliminated today. Some of that waste just jumps out at you.
Mass Destruction of Weapons – (Department of Defense) $7 billion
As the U.S. war effort in the Middle East winds to a close, the military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of useable vehicles and other military equipment. The military has decided that it will simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home.
Boom, funding restored for vets. Sure, some of that equipment has likely seen better days, but there is no doubt salvage value there, however this government has decided to throw it away. More waste abounds. The State Department spends more than $600 million trying to get Twitter and Facebook followers. Yes, that was Hillary’s State Department. NASA blowing $3 million studying…Congress. You saw that right. Employees that do nothing, studies about romance novels, tax subsidies for brothels…and the list goes on. For the government to say that they need to cut cost of living increases for our military is just a lie. And a bi-partisan lie at that. Word is that the backlash has been so severe that Paul amnesty Ryan and his girlfriend Patty Murray are coming up with a mini fix that would restore the money. You’re a saint Paul.
Every year Tom Coburn comes up with his wasteful spending expose’. We’re just talking about discretionary spending. The waste, fraud and abuse that goes on with so-called essential spending is left out in the book. That’s trillions in spending. How much waste could we find there? Let’s start with a $600 million website that doesn’t work.