"I don't want to leave you with the impression that this provides us a whole lot...the department as a whole will then run out of critical funding," sobbed DoD spokesman, Bryan Whitman, phishing for sympathy.
The Pentagon announced that it's going to "shift" $9.7 Billion of its budget for the war effort, "but warned on Wednesday it will run out of money if the U.S. Congress does not approve more funding by mid-July."
Sucks, don't it? I mean, if I had to shuffle around about 1/50th of my budget as a sign that I need more money, it would be a tough step to take.
Luckily, the Pentagon made a little room last week when an internal audit revealed that $15 billion were no longer burning in their pockets. As it turns out, they just plain lost it, can't account for it, don't really know what happened with it.
The new SCHIP, healthcare for poor kids, would've cost about half of this amount per year. Sorry poor sick kids, but that money is better spent being lost.
For perspective on how outrageous this is, according to the 2007 CIA World Factbook, 109 countries - entire nations - EACH had a gross domestic product (GDP) of less than the $15 Billion our Pentagon most recently lost.
That's more than the combined GDP of the poorest 31 nations on our earth. What a slap in the face that must be!
That is the depth of the incompetence of this administration.
While it may not be surprising that they let this happen, I am absolutely perplexed why when these audits come out almost every year with similar waste, that no one is held accountable, why the same people are still in charge, why no one is held responsible for losing a STAGGERING amount of the public's money - YOUR tax dollars, vanished.
And our only response is to give the same people another $165 billion of our money, crossing our fingers that this time will be different.
Go Democracy, Go!