Monday, June 19

Pet Projects Cost Taxpayers Millions

I wish I could say that this is only one side or the other, but unfortunately, the needless spending seems to be a Congressional problem rather than a Democrat or Republican problem.

(WaPo)Over the past decade Vibration & Sound Solutions Ltd., a small Alexandria defense contractor, has received a steady flow of federal contracts to work on "Project M" -- $37 million in all from annual "earmarks" by congressional supporters such as Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).
The Navy rejected Project M's use in submarines in 2001. Moran, who said the company's 25 or so jobs were important to his district, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), now chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, kept money flowing to the company until this year.
It's nice to see a bi-partisan effort to waste taxpayer money!