Is there any wonder our national debt is pushing $20 trillion?
An Inspector General’s report just revealed that the Pentagon spent an extra $28 million over the last decade in providing the Afghan Army special uniforms with a “forest color pattern,” instead of camouflage schemes. The pattern was chosen from a website by the Afghan Army’s Defense Minister. The irony of the selection is that only 2.1% of Afghanistan is forest.
[Afghan soldier in standard uniform]
The Pentagon has spent $93 million on uniforms for the Afghan forces since 2007. Had standard camouflage uniforms been chosen, the cost would have been $65 million. Switching to a camouflage pattern owned by the US military could save taxpayers $71 million over the next ten years.
(Uniform patterns are copyrighted. When the Pentagon goes with a design not owned by the military, it pays up. Further, the thought of that war, now America’s longest at ten years, going on another ten is horrifying.)
I know that some readers will dismiss this as “typical of the government,” and rightfully so. When you’re spending someone else’s money (the taxpayers’), you tend to be less thoughtful than when spending your own.
Just how robust would our economy be if those billions of wasted dollars were left in the private sector to be spent efficiently.
Fedgov spending will exceed revenues by $559 billion for fiscal 2017, which will be added to our national debt. Much of that debt will be financed by the Fed with money created out of thin air. Inflation is in our future, possibly even another financial crises. Buying gold and silver makes more sense now than any time I’ve seen in the last 44 years.