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Monday, September 26, 2011

Pentagon Has No Money for Public Schools on Bases

Posted by on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Nation of Change:

A top Pentagon official has acknowledged that the Defense Department is more than $1 billion short of what’s needed to repair decrepit public schools on military bases that were the subject of arecent investigation.

The official, Jo Ann Rooney, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in an interview with iWatch News that the Pentagon will be able to start renovating or replacing only about a dozen of the public schools on bases with the $250 million that Congress appropriated this year for the upgrades. A recent Pentagon report , however, found that about 62 of the 160 civilian-run schools are in “poor” or “failing” condition.

Military spending for 2010: $685.1 billion.

 

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Fifty-Two-Eighty 1
Why is that center justified? It's really annoying.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on September 26, 2011 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
Thank you.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on September 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
They could easily pay for everything they need by getting rid of just one completely unnecessary major aircraft or weapons system that the Pentagon doesn't even want but which congress keeps forcing on them.

I'll bet that military spending figure is low-balled by as much as half, too. Everything's off the books these days. National security. And fuel, does that include fuel? The military uses almost as much fuel as the rest of the country combined.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on September 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM · Report this
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Sad. I graduated from a DODDS school in Germany...
Posted by thypresident@gmail.com on September 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM · Report this
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Clearly, educating the children of our military men and women is not nearly as important as sending our military men and women off to fight wars. After all, you wouldn't want their progeny getting too uppity and not enlisting, would you?
Posted by madcap on September 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Timrrr 6
Dems need to offer a stimulus bill which allocates a billion on DoD school upgrades/repair -- and then make the Repubs either vote against it or offset its costs with weapons system cuts.
Posted by Timrrr on September 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM · Report this
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Maybe they should have a bake sale.
Posted by eptified on September 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM · Report this
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Hmmmm....they might wish to check back on that $2.3 trillion unaccounted for which they mentioned on 9/10/01.

Plus, there's something like over $30 billion missing in Afghanistan (over $16 billion) and Irag (over $8.7 billion) --- and perhaps some of those fellows who were busted and convicted of embezzling, thievery, financial fraud, etc. (officers and senior non-coms) in Irag --- listing can be found at SIGIR report (that's Special Inspector General, Iraqi Reconstruction).

Seems to be a bunch of money unaccounted for, me thinks?
Posted by sgt_doom on September 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM · Report this

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