Republican Paul Ryan Rejects Transparency for Pentagon Funding

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Everyone knows that politics is a very dirty game. Both Democrats and Republicans attempt maneuvers to not only achieve their goals, but also make themselves appear more favorable to the voting public. Everything from attaching amendments to bills which have nothing to do with the original intent, to hiding excessive spending, Congress is riddled with conspiracies.

Funding for the Pentagon has always been a contentious issue. Although the United States has the largest defense budget in the world, and the Pentagon wastes more than 50 percent of it annually, Republicans continue to fight for increases; while Democrats want to use the money elsewhere.

The latest effort by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to hide $18 billion from the American people has forced President Obama to threaten a veto for the coming year’s budget.

In 2011, a cap was agreed to, and the number was not supposed be extended. Ryan wants the $18 billion for “Overseas Contingency Operations.” What he doesn’t want is the funds being attached to domestic spending. This deception would prevent Republicans from being exposed as ‘big spenders.’

Secretary of Defense, Carter Ash, is making attempts to prevent Ryan from hiding the truth. If it is allowed, the next president will be forced to agree to an increase in defense spending to cover the $18 billion which was not included in the budget.

This is a political maneuver; it has little to do with the Pentagon’s annual budget. This would not affect a Trump presidency; however, Hillary Clinton may have a difficult time with the 2018 budget if she intends to implement many of her campaign proposals.

Not all Republicans are supportive of Ryan’s tactic. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican from New Jersey, Is not happy with the Speaker’s plan. Ryan’s persona is that he is the “all American boy.” There is no doubt that he will be a presidential candidate in 2020, and after “Trumpenstein,” the Republican Party will bow at his feet. He will seem normal, but his clandestine effort to cover an increase in the Pentagon’s budget is typical of the real Mr. Ryan.

Now, here’s the truth. The Pentagon doesn’t need or deserve an increase in its budget. Today the military has warehouses full of ammunition they don’t need, but also have no plans to destroy it. In Turlock, California, north of Reno Nevada, there are hundreds of Bradley tanks stored in huge buildings, which will never see a battlefield. The “ultimate fighter,” the F-35 continues to be a failure in nearly every test situation. It has cost the American taxpayer billions of dollars in construction, re-tooling, and cost overruns.

Our military should be looking at a new type of warfare. No longer do armies face each other on the battlefield. No longer do aircraft engage in “dog fights.” There are no battles on the open sea. Because the military brass has failed to understand these changes, America lost wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“An informed voter is a patriot.” If you believe that the American people should know where their tax dollars are spent, please re-post. Thank you.

Op-Ed

By James Turnage

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