Wednesday, August 02, 2006
US can't pay for equipment needed for war
As Iraq's streets continue to run w/ blood with "stay the course", we sadly learn that Sen (D-MT) Max Baucus' nephew was killed in Iraq on Sat, and then we hear this from the Natl Army Guard's top general: "Lt Gen H. Steven Blum announced that more than two-thirds of the Army Natl Guard's 34 brigades are not combat ready, mostly b/c of equipment shortages that will cost up to $21 billion to correct. The budget won't allow the military to complete the personnel training and equipment repairs and replacement that must be done when units return home after deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan. Blum said: "I am further behind or in an even more dire situation than the active Army, but we both have the same symptoms, I just have a higher fever." Whoa. So, our military can't fix their equipment or train people in a time of war, we learn that lax management of contracting at the Dept of Homeland Sec has cost taxpayers 100s of millions of dollars, thru significant overcharges, wasteful spending or mismanagement AND that the Repukes have the balls to shove that despicable Paris Hilton Estate Tax down our throats by attaching it to the bill to finally raise min wage? B/c in a time of war-- that has now exceeded $300 billion-- when we clearly cannot afford to pay for this war any longer, and we've clearly pissed away boatloads of money-- we need MORE tax cuts for the rich? THAT is certainly the picture of compassionate conservativism & the wonderful way that the GOP shows us how strong they are on defense, no?