If employees of the federal government went to Las Vegas and managed to lose $500 million in taxpayer dollars at the slot machines and roulette wheel, there would be expected and understandable outrage from Congress.
But in another desert half-a-world away, employees of the federal government recently lost $500 million in taxpayer-funded supplies.
The result? A big budgetary increase for their department in the federal budget passed Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
It’s something that can only happen to the Pentagon, the one part of the federal government that seems immune to Republicans’ belt-tightening.
The budget approved Wednesday will cut $5.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade, according to Republican number-crunchers, but it would reverse military spending cuts imposed by the sequester and boost the Pentagon’s budget by $96 billionby funneling the money into off-budget accounts supposedly used for war funding.