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03:08 PM on 01/19/2013
That's B/S...if they are a government agency, then they CAN be audited if the politicians REALLY WANTED to. But they DON'T...Why? Because both the Defense Department and Homeland Security are FULL OF CORRUPTION. Just look at some of the PRIVATE Contracts that receive BILLIONS of OUR TAX DOLLARS....follow the MONEY and the PAPERTRAIL...only then will you FIND out WHO is REALLY BEHIND all the Fraud. It's the SAME excuse for rescuing the "TOO BIG TO FAIL" corporations. SOMEONE NEEDS to step up and CLEAN HOUSE. We are a very corrupt nation. Its just that the news agencies DON"T report on the nightly news.
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Justin Eric Flores
wrong is wrong no matter who you are
04:59 PM on 01/19/2013
it IS in their budget to control what is being seen and heard on the nightly news so the public doesn't know the real truth about the way our money is spent to line their pockets and offshore accounts.
03:04 PM on 01/19/2013
The DD is the Republicans big social welfare program that you cannot touch for fear of being over run. The big scare that is just as big of a paper tiger as was the "Soviet Union". The American people better wake up on this one in a big hurry before grandma loses her SS and Medicare.
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The ORF in Largo
Louder than a fart a hurricane
03:00 PM on 01/19/2013
DOD and DHS don't need to worry about accounting procedures because they are on a 'blank
check' basis when it comes to funding and therein lies the problem. Ideally their funding should
be cut off until they can provide a detailed list of expenditures as well as a detailed list for funds;
but this won't happen because that would restrict the money flow to the MIC.
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1oldhippie
yes WE did... again!
02:58 PM on 01/19/2013
Our Lean, Mean, Fighting Machine
swallowed up in pork...
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Tenderlies1
Im Old Enough to know better, are you
09:34 PM on 01/19/2013
Yeah and the Government always cutting Va Hospitals and help for thoes solidiers coming home disabled and emotional problems. We can't say we are a Third World Country , we are not even in thr running with Third.
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Bethany Quartz
Liberty and Justice for All Humanity
08:10 PM on 07/30/2013
Don't forget military families struggling to get by on food stamps.
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yoursotruly
I told you so.
02:54 PM on 01/19/2013
This is why we need Chuck Hagel.
jhNY
Mercy.
03:01 PM on 01/19/2013
But even more, this is why the Pentagon needs to receive less money. After all, it cannot account for monies received, and in recent years misplaced a billion dollars by its own admission.
02:50 PM on 01/19/2013
No increases to the Pentagon or Homeland Security budgets until they can account for the money they're receiving now.

Actually, I think it would do the DOD good to have their budget cut by $50 billion a year. They'll be forced to figure out where all the money is and how to spend what they've got more intelligently.
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declutterbug51
03:04 PM on 01/19/2013
That's right! Stop trying to take money away from the social and welfare programs and make the DOD accountable for it's money.
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Bethany Quartz
Liberty and Justice for All Humanity
08:12 PM on 07/30/2013
Add a zero and make it 500 billion a year. Then put that money toward Green Energy research and education, especially education for those interested in the sciences.
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02:35 PM on 01/19/2013
Ah, the efficiency of Government. Most convenient that the Government ACCOUNTABILITY Office can't finish doing its job. 'With your blind faith and rabid support, we, together, can build a better tomorrow. Trust us. We know what we're doing. We're the Government. All any problem really needs is a little more bureaucracy, a little more of your money, and more laws.'
02:30 PM on 01/19/2013
Democrats would be wise to get copies of this report or statement from the GAO in the upcoming negotiations regarding spending cuts. Republicans would have a lot of SPLAINING to do about why so shoddy accounting of the largest portion of the federal budget.
The democrats should then okay half ($250 billion) for the DOD and DHS budget for 2013, with any additional supplemental budget increases contingent on tightening of the accounting practices and the full accounting of what was spent, to whom and for what. Don't let this opportunity pass by.
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declutterbug51
03:06 PM on 01/19/2013
For sure! If our gov't officials are serious about cleaning things up, (and we seriously need to), then this should be their plan.
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p mersault
02:18 PM on 01/19/2013
The DoD can tell you every one of your financial transactions, but have no idea about their own. Right.
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phillypop0701
Go with your heart
02:14 PM on 01/19/2013
I want an accounting of the 2.3 Trillion dollars, Rumsfeld said was missing from the Pentagon in that Sept.10th, 2001 news conference.
02:59 PM on 01/19/2013
don't forget about what came up missing in Iraq too!
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Justin Eric Flores
wrong is wrong no matter who you are
04:18 PM on 01/19/2013
They had to pay Bin Laden somehow...
02:09 PM on 01/19/2013
How do they determine what the necessary budget is every year for the DoD if they can't even say where the funds are going?
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02:38 PM on 01/19/2013
I'm pretty sure there's no need to budget. "Everything for everyone, all the time" seems to be the name of the game.
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jmdziuban1
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04:15 PM on 01/19/2013
Look at how much they were budgeted the previous year, add 5-10% plus inflation, that oughta do it.
01:56 PM on 01/19/2013
So they are saying that they cannot tell us where the tax money is going once it reaches the DoD or DHS? How is this acceptable? It is saying that they can not be trusted with our money because they are handling it irresponsibly and not taking the proper steps legally required to justify their expenses.

Why is this not an issue? Why is 90% of the media focused on such irrelevant issues regarding our economy when such a glaring problem is staring us right in the face?
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declutterbug51
03:07 PM on 01/19/2013
Excellent point!
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Justin Eric Flores
wrong is wrong no matter who you are
04:21 PM on 01/19/2013
Who do you think runs the media? They don't want you to know the truth thats why they keep loading us down with useless stories and lies.
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barry11362
We're not perfect BUT the other guys are NUTS
01:53 PM on 01/19/2013
Why is this article NOT at the top of the page? Why only 645 comments. Mention the Kardashian clowns & you cant thousands of comments & hand wringing. Look at what articles people care about & then KNOW why this will not change.
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belladio
Not in the mood to suffer fools
01:58 PM on 01/19/2013
Is it what people care about or what we are conditioned - programmed - to care about?

Puts the phrase "television programming" in a whole new light.
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barry11362
We're not perfect BUT the other guys are NUTS
02:18 PM on 01/19/2013
We have gone from "Make Room for Daddy" to "All We want is T&A from Mindless Bimbos".  People used to watch Carson to relax before bed, now they dont want to think at all 24/7
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declutterbug51
03:08 PM on 01/19/2013
Another good point!
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wesdfs
mad as a hatter
01:52 PM on 01/19/2013
you know3 where the waste comes in is when we 3 or more dept for the same thing why not combine the dept and and have spending approved by the Goa before they actually get to spend any money
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wesdfs
mad as a hatter
01:48 PM on 01/19/2013
everyone knows if they audit the defense dept and hs will bring down and dirty the hands of everyone in office....just by not being able to audit them should bring charges of corruption