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(NBC News)   Congress: the military needs to save money. Pentagon: Okay, we'll stop refurbishing tanks we don't need. Congress: How about no   (openchannel.nbcnews.com) divider line 3
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2012-07-30 02:06:10 PM  
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Here's how the Defense budget gets spent:

1Q: Beginning of fiscal year (Every October), all money gets assigned and doled out, down to the last grunt's mop for barracks latrine duty. This is also the time of year when most people go on leave for the holidays, so it's the nicest, quietest time of year for the DOD.

2Q: Most of that money is pretty much spent. Whatever isn't is locked up in some specific or obscure budget that can't be used very easily. It's at this point a lot of units start holding bake sales and running personal snack bars to have a company or squadron picnic, because the morale money was already spent on the Christmas party.

3Q: Commanders from the smallest unit up jockey and beg for whatever's left and is touchable w/in allocated budgets. Generals go to Congress to start asking for money next year (And hey, guess what time of year it is, and guess what this article's about!). This is when sh*t gets uber-political and contractors start lobbying the sh*t out of Congress.

4Q: Unspent funds in specific budgets (That can't just be tapped from willy-nilly and moved anywhere freely) is spent up immediately on useless junk so next October, everyone gets the same amount of money as last year.

Repeat every fiscal year, forever, until China calls in its favors.
2012-07-30 12:12:58 PM  
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I am shocked that the teahadists are not all over this
2012-07-30 09:38:46 AM  
1 votes:
Congress: "No, no, the money has to be taken away from people in the military, not our defense contractors. After all, we don't want our military men and women getting too complacent! Gotta keep 'em bootstrappy!"
 
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