Letter: Quickest way to fix deficit is to cut Pentagon spending

2011-11-30T00:00:00Z Letter: Quickest way to fix deficit is to cut Pentagon spending Montana Standard
November 30, 2011 12:00 am

There are just some things I don't understand. Like, if this country is broke how can we keep funding unneeded wars, how can we keep giving tax breaks to super rich corporations and how can we keep giving tax breaks to billionaire? Why don't we do something about fraud and mismanagement? 

Congress wants to cut out money from education but we still give foreign aid to 150 different countries. This just isn't right! 

We have military forces in 130 different countries around the world and we can't even help ourselves. Do we really need and want to control the world when we can't control our own country? 

In the past decade, we have spent over a trillion dollars to destroy and kill in Iraq and Afghanistan while in this country, we have to beg for coats for our schoolchildren so they can be warm. This is insane and inhumane. 

This past year Gen. David Petraeus stated the findings from an investigation that determined $360 million in U.S. tax dollars landed in the hands of the people we have been fighting for over a decade. But an independent panel, “Commission on Wartime Contracting,” stated that the figure of some $60 billion dollars in American tax dollars has been lost to waste and corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just who was and who is looking after this money? And now we have to cut our budget by billions here in the United States. Will we ever get out of the war business and get into the business of taking care of the United States? 

Another fraud revealed that between 1997 and 2003, the Defense Department purchased and then left unused 270,000 commercial airline tickets at a cost of some $100 million.

Then the Pentagon did not ask for a refund for any of these unused tickets. It is no wonder we are broke!

More fraud and mismanagement is the Medicare program. Medicare pays an average of more than double for drugs, medical equipment and supplies. Medicare reform could save taxpayers $20 to $30 billion dollars a year. But it seems no one in Washington cares. Their rich friends just keep getting richer and you can't afford to go to the doctor. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Are we really broke? Do we really need to cut money from children's program, from the disabled, senior citizens? Do we really have to pay for all this fraud and mismanagement? Well we are!

La Von D. Brillhart

228 W. Morse


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  1. CJR
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    CJR - December 02, 2011 6:22 pm
    The US has something like 800 military bases & installations around the world. Some in countries most people couldn't name. Not only that, but we "protect" every country in the wester industrialized world. Those countries -- the one's we were allied with in WWII & even the one's we fought & defeated ALL offer some version of universal health care. Many right-wingers (except Ron Paul) see no correlation, or refuse to acknowledge, the fact that we provide resources in defense at our expense, while we turn our backs on our own CITIZENS. When we the people pay for others, but can't pay for our own .. something is terribly wrong.

    I'll believe that corporations are people .. when the state of Texas executes one. Please Mr. Brillhart, write some more poste .. we miss you.
  2. CJR
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    CJR - December 02, 2011 3:32 am
    Mr. Brillhart, as usual, nails it again. concise, accurate & honest. During the time of strong principled leaders we made it a crime to profit from war, now it's an unregulated industry that soaks billions out of the taxpayers, and leaves less for the general welfare.
  3. curmudgeon
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    curmudgeon - November 30, 2011 6:33 pm
    I see crypto-fascist Burton is back commenting
  4. jhburton
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    jhburton - November 30, 2011 10:42 am
    I see Comrade Brillhart is back at it. :)

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