How much have we poured into this thing now?
It is time to do a comprehensive audit of the Pentagon. It’s supposed to have been audited long ago, and on an ongoing basis but brass has said that such an audit just can’t be done. The military is just too big.
Well, I say we give it a shot.
Since then, the Pentagon hasn’t been audited a single time. Thanks to dodges by the Defense Department and a lack of enforcement by Congress, the 1990 requirement has been completely disregarded for 24 years.
Now a group of fiscally conservative Republicans and anti-war Democrats are demanding compliance. Last week Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014.
The legislation is backed by a curious left-right coalition rarely seen in Washington. Burgess is a known budget hawk and Lee is the only member of Congress who voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force after 9/11. Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has endorsed the legislation, as has legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader.
It is time we came to understand that the military is big government too and is full of waste and taxpayer abuse. The free ride is over.