The Pentagon is just another bloated government agency

DF-ST-87-06962 The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

This is the truth and sometimes it’s one that it is hard for “conservatives” to come to terms with. The Pentagon is filled to the gills with waste and inefficiency, it is big government.

The military and defense, defense, is enumerated as a role for the government according to the Constitution. But the key word is “defense.”

But even without a purely defensive military there are plenty of areas to cut, starting with the army of civilian employees. One can start taking apart that with an ax.

(From The Hill)

The Pentagon is just another government agency. That’s a fact many in Washington are reluctant to acknowledge, especially some cognitively dissonant members of Congress, who like to rail against fatty bureaucracy at the Department of Agriculture while behaving like any cut to the defense budget is a travesty against our soldiers.

In fact, there’s plenty of waste at the Department of Defense (DOD), which has almost 750,000 civilian employees and plenty of inefficient boondoggles to speak of. The Budget Control Act, passed by Congress in 2011, tried to tackle this problem by setting caps on how much the Pentagon’s rate of spending was allowed to increase. And if those limits were exceeded, down swung sequestration, a meat cleaver that trimmed an even layer off the defense budget.

Sequestration was triggered only once — in 2013 — but since then, the Pentagon has been keeping its head under the caps. A sudden outbreak of fiscal responsibility? Not so much…

…The Pentagon has vastly exceeded its mission as a war department. It’s spending far too much money on all the wrong things. It runs schools, microbreweries and grocery stores. It funds breast cancer research and fishing studies. It’s hosted “Star Trek” workshops and a reality cooking show. And it has hefty pension liabilities for retirees.

In other words, it’s just as expansive as every other federal agency, but with one glaring exception: the Defense Department has been required to open its book for a full audit every year since 1995, and it never once has.

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