My wallet feels lighter, how about yours?
In the 2004 elections, we ran on large issues; we campaigned on a platform of big ideas; we discussed those ideas at every campaign stop. And the American people responded. And now it is our turn to respond and do what they expect. We campaigned and said that we will be wise with the taxpayers’ money. I have submitted a budget. Congress is now working on that budget to make sure that when we spend money, we do it wisely or not spend it at all. To keep the economy growing and creating new jobs, we must make tax relief permanent.
— President Chimpy, last night at the National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner
Our president wants to keep money in the taxpayer’s pocket right? What about these little items:
* President Bush had asked that $658 million in his request for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be spent on a fortified diplomatic compound that could house a staff of 1,000 in Iraq. That was sliced to $590 million. [Thankfully, the House approved an amendment that bars money in the spending package from being used for embassy security, construction and maintenance.]
* Halliburton continues to pick our pockets — A Pentagon spokeswoman said an audit released by Democratic congressmen on Monday that questioned $108 million in costs by Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root was conducted to determine whether “fair and reasonable” prices were charged for fuel it brought into Iraq.
* An Army spokesman said KBR had been awarded $9.4 million in bonus payments from its work in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
* The Army has ordered $8.3 billion worth of work from Halliburton under a contract to support soldiers with meals, housing, laundry and other services. Halliburton got $2.5 billion more in work from the Army Corps of Engineers to put out oil well fires and shore up Iraq’s dilapidated oil infrastructure.
* Halliburton subsidiary KBR paid inflated fees for cell phone services, bought hundreds of rolls of duct tape for $60 each and obscured the waste by failing to file paperwork properly. In one case, he said, a fellow procurement employee recorded a multimillion-dollar purchase as a $200 order, then dismissed it as a mistake.
Just asking. And, now he wants his hands on Social Security? BTW, he’s already conceded today that the plan that he’s shilling across the country won’t actually fix anything. Shakespeare’s Sister has more on the folly of our budget.