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http://personalliberty.com/2013/11/19/pentagon-cant-account-for-8-5-trillion-taxpayer-dollars/

 

 

 

 

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A recent investigation has revealed that the Pentagon has failed to account for $8.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer money Congress has allocated toward the U.S. Department of Defense since 1996.

According to the report, out from Reuters, the Pentagon has routinely cooked its books by failing to supply a clear monthly account of the money spent for Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS).

 

Via Reuters:

Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts.

 

Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting agency. Using the data they received, Woodford and her fellow DFAS accountants there set about preparing monthly reports to square the Navy’s books with the U.S. Treasury’s — a balancing-the-checkbook manoeuvre required of all the military services and other Pentagon agencies.

And every month, they encountered the same problem. Numbers were missing. Numbers were clearly wrong. Numbers came with no explanation of how the money had been spent or which congressional appropriation it came from. “A lot of times there were issues of numbers being inaccurate,” Woodford says. “We didn’t have the detail … for a lot of it.”

 

The data flooded in just two days before deadline. As the clock ticked down, Woodford says, staff were able to resolve a lot of the false entries through hurried calls and emails to Navy personnel, but many mystery numbers remained. For those, Woodford and her colleagues were told by superiors to take “unsubstantiated change actions” — in other words, enter false numbers, commonly called “plugs,” to make the Navy’s totals match the Treasury’s.

The news agency revealed that for the fiscal year 2012, it is “impossible to determine” how much of the $565 billion Congress budgeted for the Pentagon was used for its intended purpose.

The report also reveals numerous examples of unnecessary military spending as well as about a half trillion dollars in unaudited contracts with private companies, meaning there is no way to tell whether goods and services were ever actually delivered to the Defense Department.

 

“The Pentagon can’t manage what it can’t measure, and Congress can’t effectively perform its constitutional oversight role if it doesn’t know how the Pentagon is spending taxpayer dollars,” Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in an email response to Reuters. “Until the Pentagon produces a viable financial audit, it won’t be able to effectively prioritize its spending, and it will continue to violate the Constitution and put our national security at risk.”

 

Coburn and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to limit funding for new Pentagon programs and prohibit the purchase of new technology if the Defense Department is not ready for audits by 2017.

 

That the Pentagon is bad at tracking taxpayer money is nothing new. In fact, on the day before the terror attacks on 9/11 that lead to more than a decade of ramped up military spending, then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced, “According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 Trillion dollars in transactions.”

 

Rumsfeld went on to say that America’s “adversary is closer to home, it’s the Pentagon bureaucracy.”

The next day, however, the Trade Centers fell and talk about wasteful military spending was forgotten.

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Strange, Obama told us about the Buck stopping at his desk...huh.....

 

 

 

  1. President Obama: 'The buck stops with me' - Josh Gerstein and ...
    www.politico.com › 2010
    Jan 7, 2010 - While officials suggested Obama was taking ownership of the problem, hisbuck-stops-here message was something of a shift from earlier ...
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And so why can't the GAO simply gather up all cancelled checks that the

govt has paid out since the bush/cheney/repuke years starting in 2000

and add them up under the various organizations like each oil company,

halliburton, the cia/usaf/MI clusterfugg complex???

 

OMG, would that be too difficult?

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A recent investigation has revealed that the Pentagon has failed to account for $8.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer money Congress has allocated toward the U.S. Department of Defense since 1996.

What's the Pentagon's budget over this timeframe?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1998_2018USb_15s2li111mcn_30t_30_Defense_Spending_Chart#view

1998 323.28

1999 333.45

2000 358.92

2001 366.53

2002 422.06

2003 483.94

2004 543.95

2005 601.18

2006 622.13

2007 653.6

2008 730.66

2009 794.91

2010 847.87

2011 879.37

2012 850.73

8,812.58

 

The numbers from this site don't go back to 1996, it's missing two years data. Assuming the same spending level as 1998 for the two years prior. you' looking at a total Pentagon budget of less than 9.5 Trillion.

 

Yet the dumbasses who wrote this story say that the Pentagon can't account for $8.5 Trillion of it.

Bullshit.

Does it even OCCUR to these people to run the numbers and see if the numbers make sense?

Math is hard for liberals.

 

 

The entertaining part of this, is this is the same government these morons want to put in charge of our healthcare system. You can't make up stupidity like this.

 

 

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What's the Pentagon's budget over this timeframe?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1998_2018USb_15s2li111mcn_30t_30_Defense_Spending_Chart#view

1998 323.28

1999 333.45

2000 358.92

2001 366.53

2002 422.06

2003 483.94

2004 543.95

2005 601.18

2006 622.13

2007 653.6

2008 730.66

2009 794.91

2010 847.87

2011 879.37

2012 850.73

8,812.58

 

The numbers from this site don't go back to 1996, it's missing two years data. Assuming the same spending level as 1998 for the two years prior. you' looking at a total Pentagon budget of less than 9.5 Trillion.

 

Yet the dumbasses who wrote this story say that the Pentagon can't account for $8.5 Trillion of it.

Bullshit.

Does it even OCCUR to these people to run the numbers and see if the numbers make sense?

Math is hard for liberals.

 

 

The entertaining part of this, is this is the same government these morons want to put in charge of our healthcare system. You can't make up stupidity like this.

 

Well lets see goofy. There's Reuters well investigated report, and then there's your usual dumbass response.

 

Your usual dumbass response has been discarded because you know nothing, and be sure to check out my post on Vermont being the first state to enact single payer. That's the future of spending goofy. Heavy, and deep defense cuts, and a national single payer health system. Sucks to be a corporatist ass lick such as yourself.

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Well lets see goofy. There's Reuters well investigated report, and then there's your usual dumbass response.

 

Your usual dumbass response has been discarded because you know nothing, and be sure to check out my post on Vermont being the first state to enact single payer. That's the future of spending goofy. Heavy, and deep defense cuts, and a national single payer health system. Sucks to be a corporatist ass lick such as yourself.

Like I said, you didn't bother running a sanity check on the numbers because you WANTED to believe.

Either that, or you're too ignorant to perform simple math.

 

Do you really think the Pentagon can't account for 90% of their budget?

Dumbass.

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What's the Pentagon's budget over this timeframe?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1998_2018USb_15s2li111mcn_30t_30_Defense_Spending_Chart#view

1998 323.28

1999 333.45

2000 358.92

2001 366.53

2002 422.06

2003 483.94

2004 543.95

2005 601.18

2006 622.13

2007 653.6

2008 730.66

2009 794.91

2010 847.87

2011 879.37

2012 850.73

8,812.58

 

The numbers from this site don't go back to 1996, it's missing two years data. Assuming the same spending level as 1998 for the two years prior. you' looking at a total Pentagon budget of less than 9.5 Trillion.

 

Yet the dumbasses who wrote this story say that the Pentagon can't account for $8.5 Trillion of it.

Bullshit.

Does it even OCCUR to these people to run the numbers and see if the numbers make sense?

Math is hard for liberals.

 

 

The entertaining part of this, is this is the same government these morons want to put in charge of our healthcare system. You can't make up stupidity like this.

 

 

Kind of puts a damper into the OP. Can't think of a much better source either.

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Well lets see goofy. There's Reuters well investigated report, and then there's your usual dumbass response.

 

Your usual dumbass response has been discarded because you know nothing, and be sure to check out my post on Vermont being the first state to enact single payer. That's the future of spending goofy. Heavy, and deep defense cuts, and a national single payer health system. Sucks to be a corporatist ass lick such as yourself.

 

This is a great example of the truly brainless, blockhead left. :D

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So you're going with trusting a government website, but not the government itself?

The site I quotes is not from the government, that's why it's address doesn't end in ".gov", it's a well known and often quoted site that tracks government revenue, spending, deficits and debt.

 

Thanks for playing.

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The entertaining part of this, is this is the same government these morons want to put in charge of our healthcare system. You can't make up stupidity like this.

 

 

Strange, there hasn't been any liberal response to your point. :)

 

What's the health insurance equivalent of a $10,000 hammer? :D

 

Just wait for the Health Care Industrial Complex. It's just a matter of time.

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And so why can't the GAO simply gather up all cancelled checks that the

govt has paid out since the bush/cheney/repuke years starting in 2000

and add them up under the various organizations like each oil company,

halliburton, the cia/usaf/MI clusterfugg complex???

 

OMG, would that be too difficult?

 

Five years after this was all supposed to stop (HOPE and CHANGE and YES WE CAN CAN!) it may just be too difficult!

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It might be as difficult as setting up a website that cost 600 million dollars. It could be as difficult as finding out what happened in benghazi. Has oblame'o got to the bottom of the IRS targeting affair yet? He said he was going to do it. It is difficult. It is still difficult to assign the blame in the Fast & furious affair. Holder didn't know anything about it. A lot of difficulties in the administration. What difference, at this point, does it make?

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