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|Subject: cutting military spending||Date: 12/13/2012 12:48 PM|
|Author: withtheflow||Number: 1844683 of 1977251|
They, however, never make mention of the fact that these facilities are located on public land and pay no taxes; that they require funds for security; and that in all likelihood the public pays for the roads, water, and electric lines that service the courses -- sore points raised by former Arizona senator Dennis DeConcini in the mid-1990s when Andrews Air Force Base was sinking $5.1 million into its third course. (If the DoD really wanted to raise revenues, it would sell its courses. For example, the army's Garmisch, Kornwestheim, and Heidelberg golf courses in Germany are worth, says the DoD, $6.6 million, $13.3 million, and $16.5 million, respectively, while the DoD's Sungnam golf course in the Republic of Korea is reportedly valued at $26 million.
The July/August issue of Capital Style magazine, a journal that looks at politics and government in the nation's capital, reported that Secretary of Defense William Cohen exceeded both time and money allotments while redecorating his Pentagon office.
The original budget allowed for a $30,000 refurbishing. The final price tag exceeded that by $22,000. These expenses included $15,000 for antique restoration, $14,000 for new carpeting and $2,300 for a Murphy bed.
Maybe we should start with the small stuff and work our way up to antiquated or unneeded weapons systems, bases with no strategic value and $400 toilet seats.
Then we can focus on finding a way to strip Congress the power to vote itself a raise and make them buy their own damn health insurance.
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