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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Scathing Review

The Washington Post reports Tuesday that
"Government auditors issued a scathing review yesterday of dozens of the Pentagon's biggest weapons systems, saying ships, aircraft and satellites are billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule...
The Government Accountability Office [GAO] found that 95 major systems have exceeded their original budgets by a total of $295 billion, bringing their total cost to $1.6 trillion."
Our Future puts it in perspective:
"$295 billion wasted. To put in perspective, Bush vetoed more health insurance for kids supposedly because $35 billion -- $7 billion a year over 5 years -- was too much to spend."
While the GAO has succeeded in surfacing several instances of waste, fraud, and abuse - how often do they - or we the American public - hold anyone accountable for it. Talking about accountability is no substitute.

1 comment:

Frederick said...

You'll never hear that on the evening news.