Here is a link I saw on Wethearmed.com
It describes how senators 'think' they are serving the public good.
Here is the wethearmed thread I saw it on.
And here is some expertly applied sarcasm by yours truly.
About Senator Kennedy "Sen. Kennedy served on the Armed Services Committee for 27 years, where he fought to deliver top-of-the-line body armor and armored Humvees to protect our troops and save lives. Educating Americans about these battles is a core mission for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, which showcases one senator's ability to make a difference,"
Translated as "Ted Kennedy was an incredible human being, much better than the rest of us. We must tell the world how he used to stick up for our country's soldiers by spending this money on a Center. Of course none of us are as good as He was, so we won't fund the soldier's safety, because we just aren't as generous as Ted Kennedy."
Mr. Wheeler said that senators took most of the cash for the projects from the "operations and maintenance" or O&M accounts.
"These are the accounts that pay for troop training, repairs, spares and supplies for vehicles, weapons, ships and planes, food and fuel," Mr. Wheeler said.
"The operation and maintenance title is fully funded," Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, said during the debate on the bill. "There is no shortage. ... The committee is deeply concerned that the critical operational needs of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are met with the finest equipment available."
"You took money out of military maintenance accounts. The military now has less money to fix and train with."
"No, we didn't"
"Uhh, yes you did. You took 655 million bucks out of the maintenance fund."
"Nope. Wrong. They are fully funded."
"How can they have less money and be fully funded?"
"It's the Magic of Government!! You wouldn't understand because you aren't out here every day, fighting for our troops."
"But you took money away from the troops."
"Look, Shaun, I understand that you are new here. The way this works is that you ask me a question, I give my answer, then we move on. Got it? Just one answer per issue, ok?"
"Oh, right. Sorry about that."
Mrs. Landrieu said she was "proud to fight" for money for the World War II museum, which is not just a "monument to the brave men and women who served during World War II," but also "a constant reminder to future generations about the tremendous sacrifice of millions of Americans." She added that the earmarked funds "will help to increase tourism to New Orleans."
Everything is ok, as long as you say its for the troops. Even taking money from the troops. Maybe that New Orleans memorial should include a factory floor where tourists can assemble refurbished magazines or something.
$25 million inserted by Mr. Inouye for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network. Mr. Inouye's Web site says the health care program "supports applied research, development and deployment of technology to improve access and the quality of care to service members, military families and impacted communities.
-IT'S FOR THE TROOPS!!! See, I said Military and Service Members. Now Leave Me Alone!
". . .reported the appropriation bills that the committee thinks will serve the public interest."
In addition to the $2.6 billion in earmarks, the bill includes $2.5 billion for 10 Boeing C-17 cargo planes that the military says it does not need, and $1.7 billion for an extra DDG-51 destroyer not requested in the Pentagon's budget proposal.
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