GOP’s Favorite Socialist Program Lost $8.5 Trillion And Will Bankrupt America

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For several years, if not decades, Republicans have, and still do, claim that any American who is not anti-government, anti-taxation, anti-women’s rights, anti-immigration, anti-theocracy, and anti-democracy is a raving socialist. Yesterday Ted Cruz accused Hillary Clinton of being a “wild-eyed socialist” who will do serious damage to America, and it is so typical for a Republican to use that term because they know most Americans are ignorant of what socialism entails. Socialism is simply “an economic and political system where all major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual companies or people, or a societal system in which there is no private property.” Obviously, neither Hillary Clinton, nor any Democrat supports or advocates for socialism, including Senator Bernie Sanders who claims to be a democratic socialist. In fact, democratic socialism isa political ideology involving a combination of political democracy with government ownership and control of all major industries.” Bernie Sanders is not any kind of socialist; not even a democratic socialist.

What most Americans are woefully ignorant of is that there is a socialistic program that Republicans not only advocate for, they are never at a loss for investing more taxpayer dollars into it with no return except for a growing deficit; one that will eventually break America like the former Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. To make matters that much worse, and it is that much worse, the GOP’s favorite socialist program has completely lost track of where $8.5 trillion in taxpayer and borrowed money because the Department of Defense has no accountability to the American people or apparently the government that owns and operates it. The worst part is that despite this country’s only wasteful, unaccountable, and out-of-control socialistic program, Republicans want to sink more of Americans’ tax dollars into the defense budget.

It was barely reported again last January that after Congress had just allotted well over half the entire annual federal budget for the military, that the Department of Defense could not account for over $8.5 trillion between 2000 and 2012. In 2005, for example, the Department of Defense had contracts worth a bit over $3 trillion with various businesses, but the United States Treasury Department could not find any record of how those trillions of dollars, both taxpayer money and trillions borrowed, was actually spent. Apparently, it is a common Pentagon practice to “regularly cheat on its accounting books” by submitting a falsely balanced budget to the Treasury; in 2012 the Pentagon falsely reported “$9.22 billion to reconcile its spending with its budget.” And Republicans want to give the Defense Department even more money than over half the nation’s spending.

It is not that the Defense Department (DoD) is not required to do a full accounting of where every single penny of borrowed and taxpayer money goes. In 1990, Congress passed a then-new federal law requiring all government agencies to be audited, but the Pentagon, the only American socialist entity, is the only government agency that has failed to comply with the law because it is the military, national defense, support the troops, patriotism and war on terror. In fact, for the very same reason the DoD is allowed to lose $8.5 trillion without a national outcry is why Republicans constantly demand more money for the military.

What should be astonishing is that despite “reckless accounting” and “consistently fraudulent reporting,” there has been no investigations into where trillions-of-dollars of both borrowed and taxpayer dollars have disappeared, or who is responsible for increasing the deficit. There was a pathetic attempt to curb the Defense Department’s waste and bring some transparency to the nation’s only socialist program by mandating a reduction in weapons programs if the DoD fails to meet its budget, but socialist or not it is the military and Republicans want more funding despite the waste and fraud. The Government Accountability Office as well as the Department of Defense’s own inspector general admit that the lack of accountability makes it incredibly easy to conceal “outright fraud and inappropriate purchases” that also “affects military personnel’s salaries.”

There has been an effort to revamp the Department of Defense’s  accounting system within two years, by 2017, but because it is a government owned and operated socialist “industry” there are absolutely no legal consequences or mechanisms in place to hold anyone responsible. Some leading officials claim that the only way to force the Pentagon to “straighten out” and “be accountable” like every other agency is if there was a means to bring “outside pressure to bear” from Washington, but with Republicans in control of Congress and the nation’s purse-strings, and crusading to increase defense spending, that is never going to happen; their campaign donors in the oil industry and military industrial complex will not allow it.

Republicans demand accountability from every government agency to devise new and devious means to cut spending under the guise of deficit reduction. However, the one and only socialist entity in the nation is not only unaccountable to the people, including losing $8.5 trillion over ten years, it is piling on debt like there is no tomorrow. It is important to remember, that Bush-Republicans started two completely unnecessary wars of aggression against Muslims for regime change without regard for funding or the deficit.

It is an abomination that while Republicans refuse to spend one penny for infrastructure, domestic programs, education, or renewable energy due to “America being broke,” they easily hand over half of the nation’s spending to a socialist program without any accountability. And it is pathetic that there is no major media outcry that literally trillions of dollars have gone missing while the Defense Department refuses to say where that borrowed and taxpayer money went. Something that every American should consider is that the $8.5 trillion the Pentagon “lost” represents over a third of the entire national debt, but that is just the money they will not, or cannot, account for. Trillions more, like “known waste such as $1.5 trillion for the F35,” of the deficit has been reported accurately and went to Republican military industrial complex donors and the national deficit.

Over the next sixteen months of an already incredibly long presidential campaign, every Republican seeking the nomination and candidate for Congress will scream that defense spending is woefully inadequate and  call for a monumental increase; all while decrying that Democrats are socialists and call for domestic spending cuts. Democrats, no matter the office they seek, have to start explaining to voters exactly what socialism means, and point out that the one and only program that Republicans want more borrowed and taxpayer money for is the socialist Department of Defense despite it cannot account for $8.5 trillion that is gone forever but still has to be repaid.

31 Replies to “GOP’s Favorite Socialist Program Lost $8.5 Trillion And Will Bankrupt America”

  1. Creative accounting allows military to fund all those black ops, some of which are blatantly illegal. Repubs love hiding things like that.

  2. In the drunk one district, the speaker of the house builds the M1 Abrams tank. The army said it didn’t need anymore of them and propose production be cut. Boehner said no and we are building tanks we don’t need. In the 2012 defense appropriations bill, it provided an additional $255 million to buy 42 more tanks http://archive.defensenews.com/article/20120307/DEFREG02/303070011/U-S-Army-Congress-No-New-Tanks-Please

    Speaking of the F-35 which cant fly at 1.5 trillion it has been determined that it cant even compete with Russia fighters
    Russia’s new fifth-generation fighter jet will be superior to its American counterparts in every way, a senior Russian military official has said.
    http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-lethal-pak-fa-fighter-superior-americas-f-22-f-35-13034

    But lets cut food stamps, education and who cares if our roads and bridges are falling apart

  3. I bet the top brass all have secret Swiss bank accounts while everyone else just steals as much cash as they can.

    Previously I read that the Pentagon “misplaced” $2 trillion. Now you’re saying it’s more like $9 trillion? Meanwhile, the lamestream media would rather focus on Trump’s toupee (or whatever that animal is on his head).

  4. Is Cheney’s Halliburton still illegally over-billing Americans?????? His double,triple,quadruple billing practices still proceeding.

  5. This doesn’t really resound by logical terms, describe socialism. So then it just becomes demagoguery. We can call our corporate system a socialist system, because by definition, “socialism is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system.” So corporatism, which requires equity & debt ownership by shareholders, uses a economic system characterized by social ownership. What the GOP refers to as socialism, which is actually communism, is “government ownership and control of all major industries.”

    Corporatism is more socialism because, it is responsive to market conditions, and the people can determine the characteristics of ownership, both of the manufacturing and marketing, and also the products produced through market share.

  6. (continued)

    Corporate leadership, through “Citizens United” can control the political theory applied in the socialism, by increased campaign contributions to their specific movement in the social environment. Corporations are subject to the law and regulations of the government, not the other way around. This does not mean that the government owns the corporate structures, given that the profit motive supported by supply and demand is not a government mandate–it could care less if profit was attained, even though increased tax revenues would be a result and would benefit government.

    The demagoguery of Republican conservative thought is ruining their ability to be sensible. They refuse to see that they “are” a socialist entity, based on corporate contributions from the markets that are in the best interest of social stability.

  7. (continued)
    Only in the case of institutional finance might they be correct, where the purchase of large amounts of equities, debentures, and commodities, are held by entities that have no social component through shareholder ownership by people. This would redefine communism, where institutions like federal and local governments, banks, insurance companies, and agencies representing pensions, control our social environment.

    Remember, of our $18 trillion in federal debt, ownership by Social Security trust funds is 16%, the Federal Reserve banks owns 12%, other federal government entities own 13%, State and Local governments hold 3%, and private citizen ownership is around 17%. This is representative of socializing our national debt.

  8. As disclosed in Rumsfeld presser on 9-10-01, 2.3 Trillion missing under Bush/Cheney. Halliburton theft, never fully repaid.

    ps. Equally, Id love to get a look at Powell’s private emails.

  9. After 9/11/2001 “W” and congress spent 10 trillion on military equipment, and countless money on the WAR that followed, mostly to get reelected, but they blame it on those who lost jobs to China and any other country that paid low wages. Now they blame it on entitlements to those same people. We need new faces in congress and make sure they are progressives, Tax laws need updating, there are to many loopholes designed to make the rich happy.

  10. Elmer, Have you seen ‘War Is A Racket’
    by Smedley Butler, A USMarine Corps Major General. Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

    This Is Amazing…Watch The Truth:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0

    (And…Remember how much money our Vice President CHENEY THE DICK got away with outsourcing his Hallaburton Company!)

  11. Elmer, Have you seen ‘War Is A Racket’
    by Smedley Butler USMarine Corps Major General. Butler received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

    This Is Amazing…Watch The Truth:
    youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0

    (And…Remember how much money our Vice President CHENEY THE DICK got away with outsourcing his Hallaburton Company!)

  12. And the sad part is? Nothing will be done about it. And the media will continue to let the Republicans attack Obama over the deficit. Meanwhile they rob the country blind and blame the black guy.

    Truly pathetic.

  13. You state in this article, “the Department of Defense could not account for over $8.5 trillion between 2000 and 2012.” you go on to say “the only way to force the Pentagon to “straighten out” and “be accountable” like every other agency is if there was a means to bring “outside pressure to bear” from Washington, but with Republicans in control of Congress and the nation’s purse-strings, . . .” Obama started in 2008, so what has he done to remedy this on his watch? The Democrats were in control for 4 of those years, but you blame it on the “other” party. The democrats couldn’t even submit a budget all the years Harry Reid was heading the Senate. Look, the current Congress has over 8,700 years of total experience but have basically done nothing with it. Why? The word politician comes from 2 Latin words, poli – meaning many and tics – meaning blood sucking organisms. Lets vote out all politicians and elect Americans. This should be a govt. of the people, by the people and f…

  14. Disagree. The military is held very much accountable, and has numerous audits and oversight. The men and woman volunteer to fight and defend our nation and the world. The taxpayers must and should spend funds to pay for our soldiers.

  15. Way back in the late 1970/early 80s, the AF ran ‘comparative tests’ at Nellis AFB to see if ‘fighter’ planes could perform other missions such as close air support, air interdiction, bombing and advanced leadership training. Not pretty….

    Under the mission statement ‘if you ain’t a fighter pilot, you ain’t shit’ the fighter platform assumed all other flying missions outside transport and refueling.

    An array of half-assed platforms, such as the FB-111, were cobbled together to replace actual useful platforms like the OV-10 and EB-37.

    The A-10 was a brief moment of sanity, quickly squelched by their retirement, along with the workhorse C-130.

    By the time Cheney appointed Merrill McPeak CSAF, the mission statement declared ‘the job of the AF is to put bombs on target.’ With fighters, not bombers. Fighters sexy, bombers not. Tom Cruise was king.

    Hybrid platforms (fighter/whateveh) suck. They do many things, none of them especially well. F-35 is the full flower …

  16. And what about they way these ANTI-America THIEVES treat us, the American veterans?
    They continually deliberately defeat every bill or piece of legislation which would be beneficial for us.
    These fukking punks use us and, when they’re through with us as pawns in their invented and illegal wars, they just throw us away.
    All this while waving their bullshit goddamn “support the veterans” flag.

    They need to ALL be sent to the middle east, wrapped in the American flag, unarmed and paraded in front of isis.

    The REAL war these fukk ups have caused is the one we veterans are forced to fight just to get an appointment and healthcare from REAL doctors.

    Am I pissed? What do you think?

  17. As always you cut right to the point. Always enjoy reading your comments. Our own right wing fascists are killing our economy and their followers are either too dumb or just don’t give a damn about it. I think it’s some of both. Guess that’s why they put such emphasis on guns. It’s the the most base rule they understand.

  18. Let’s send Isis more humvees, tanks, mortars,and helicopters. That’s the least we can do for the war effort. Kickbacks are in the GOP pockets,

  19. Did you not read the Reuters article?

    Here is the title, “Part 2: For two decades, the U.S. military has been unable to submit to an audit, flouting federal law and concealing waste and fraud totaling billions of dollars”

    This headline is a bit misleading because, if you read the article, the money that is “plugged” in the Trillions were/are in error. The use of “plugged” numbers (make it balance) by Pentagon Accountants is the thrust of the article.

    You ask “what has Obama done?”

    First, he put the Iraq and Afghan Wars on the books instead of on the Balance sheets. Yes, Cheney believed the Iraq War costs would end up being an Asset, if you can believe that.

    Second, he got us out of Iraq and Afghanistan where Americans were paying the price in money and blood.

    Third, he is trying to keep us OUT of another War with Iran.

  20. I know exactly where the money went – to GOP-friendly private contractors. See, that was easy, and you can take that to the bank.

  21. Linda, Here are the Facts:

    “Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War”

    According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks (Cooking for Troops and Washing Troops Clothing) are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.

    Even without the graft, the costs of paying for these services are higher than paying Government employees or soldiers to do them because of the profit motive involved. No-bid contracting – when companies get to name their price with no competing bid – didn’t lower legitimate expenses.

    http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/308-12/16561-focus-cheneys-halliburton-made-395-billion-on-iraq-war

  22. Defense is now a socialist program? “Socialism” now seems to mean every government program in existence. For those confused, socialism actually means, for the last 100 years since Marx, central control of the assets of production. It does not mean government social security, spending or defense, all of which are part of modern capitalist systems.

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