If you’ve ever wondered why it is that members of Congress and government workers are so dismissive of the American taxpayer (except during elections), it’s because many of them have never worked in the private sector and haven’t had to perform for their jobs up to certain standards. They generally get paid well, no matter what, and they are given handsome bonuses, great healthcare benefits, and a modest vacation, sick day, and maternity/paternity leave package.
Donald Trump, having been a businessman for his entire life knows the true value of a dollar, and he has spent most of his natural life balancing a checkbook and business expenses. By the same token, the U.S. government has spent nearly its entire existence in debt; a stark difference between one who creates wealth and one that drains it like a parasite.
There is no argument that wastefulness is a trademark of government. It is no secret that there is much more spent than is necessary and this is truly shameful. General James “Mad Dog” Mattis recently found a disgusting example of colossal waste on the part of the Pentagon that he has personally put a stop to: Forest camo uniforms for foreign desert troops!
The Daily Caller:
Secretary of Defense James Mattis slammed the Pentagon for wasting $28 million on Afghan army uniforms following the release of an accounting report.
Mattis scolded the Pentagon for “cavalier” purchases of forest-camouflage uniforms that have continued since 2007, despite the fact that only 2 percent of Afghanistan consists of wooded areas, according to a memo obtained by USA Today.
“Buying uniforms for our Afghan partners, and doing so in a way that may have wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over a ten-year period, must not be seen as inconsequential in the grand scheme of the Department’s responsibilities and budget,” Mattis added.
Part of the reason the uniforms cost so much was because special tailoring was used. Moreover, according to SIGAR, the Pentagon could save up to $71 million over a period of 10 years simply by changing the kind of camouflage away from a proprietary brand.
If you’ve ever been curious about the state of affairs of the United States debt, take a quick look at the U.S. Debt Clock and get ready to be simultaneously overwhelmed with shock and with anger. Just a small portion of what our government spends on programs is actually needed to keep our nation safe, secure and viable.
For a government entity to be dismissive of the American taxpayer tells us all we need to know about the state of mind of our elected leaders and their underlings. Too long ago, the term “civil servant” changed over to “elected officials.” That’s where our nation went wrong. Transforming those who were employees of Americans to those who were our societal betters was our mistake. We need to own up to it and end that sort of thinking.
Source: The Daily Caller
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