I will never use my position for pleasure, profit or personal safety.---NCO Creed
I am feeling very betrayed right now.... and that is not a good place for these oxygen thieves to be....
Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.
Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
Really... Taking money meant for bullets and fuel for soldiers risking their lives in battle so you can build monuments to yourselves...
Have you no shame?
Senator Kennedy lived a free and prosperous life that he had been able to achieve based upon the blood and sweat that everyone like me who has served have used as the currency to pay for that freedom; and yet members of his party feel it necessary to insult me, say that my sacrifices are in vain and that the cause of freedom is no longer something worth buying with the fluids of my precious life.
And now they take away the money from the O&M Budget that buys the tools and the sustenance that we need to win against what is now, thanks to President Obama's Chamberlainesque dithering and waffling, a growing insurgency that is becoming virulent and strong and doing to us what we were once doing to it.
I don't like to pay for anything twice, and this is beyond asking me to do more with less. It is stealing from me to do the meaningless. The result will be that we have to purchase less conceptually with more actually in Afghanistan, an equation that many Americans will find very unpalatable.
And now I know why my wife worried the way she did, because I am afraid as well.
And this isn't just about one political party....
As it turns out, the Republicans are actually more sunk in this morass of fiscal relativism than the traditional leftist wingnuts runnning the Democrat party. Case in point:
Mr. Inouye had a total of 35 earmarks worth more than $206 million in the final bill, and the ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, sponsored 48 worth $216 million.
I have put men on the plane for their final journey home, and as many of you know, last month I lowered my flag to honor another good man who used to belong to me and we have politicians and a President who are plundering the Treasury and dithering while trying to impress the Eurotrash deciding on how many more Nobel Peace Prizes to award to him. And he can't seem to fit any strategy meetings into his busy TV Speech schedule.
The Sons and Daughters of America who are braving snipers, IEDs and daily patrols through Badlands with death tugging at their elbows deserve better from this Congress and this President, and I know that I owe it to them to keep writing and to keep speaking out on their behalf.
I am growing weary of explaining that there is a difference between fighting to win and fighting to not lose to the government class that feels as if they rule, instead of govern. When the money starts to go away, the question becomes whether or not it is worth it to fight at all for someone who will disrespect your sacrifices, insult your efforts and deny you the tools to win; and then blame you for not doing the best job you could with resources they never provided.
I pray for the safety of my comrades who carry our fight to enemies of freedom far away from home and comfort and for the United States of America, because we truly now need divine inspiration and the help of the hand of the Almighty...
Elected Officials should be aware that I am going to do everything in my power to ensure that if you voted to cut the legs off of the men and women who ensure that you can sleep warm and safe; I am coming for you and your job. You won't be able to be elected "Dog Catcher" because I am going to tell everyone in your district what that new community center or health care stimulus package for your state cost them.
And I don't think America will be happy to know how it was paid for...