Thursday, June 02, 2011

That Pentagon Budget? Porky, Porky, Pigs

We mentioned the overly-generous spending in the D of D budget.

Now we know least partially.

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) expressed indignation over the establishment by the House Armed Services Committee of the $1 billion Mission Force Enhancement Transfer Fund (MFET), a slush fund included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Members of the committee added 111 legislative provisions that will cost taxpayers $651.7 million; 59 of the add-ons, or 53 percent, appear to be similar to projects included as earmarks in CAGW’s 2010 Congressional Pig Book. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) has claimed that the authorization bill contains no earmarks, and that the MFET was created in order to allow committee members to “move [defense] funding around to more important items.” However, the MFET, which did not exist in the FY 2011 defense authorization bill, appears to be designed to allow members to secure pork for their districts without violating the congressional earmark moratorium.

This reminds me that the TEA Party's work is not complete.

Let's simply get an entirely new 535. No re-runs, no repeats.

Throw out ALL the sons-of-bitches.

HT: RenMan

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