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Your Tax Dollars At Work [Jul. 24th, 2008|10:30 am]
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The New York Times has an editorial inspired by an article in the Washington Post that shows how President Bush's let-them-eat-cake attitude has trickled down into the upper ranks of the Air Force.

According to the article, generals in the US Air Force are spending an estmated $7.6 million of funds specifically designated for counterterrorism on a number of 18-by-9-foot "Senior Leader Intransit Comfort Capsules." These capsules will have "aesthetically pleasing wall treatments and coverings." Each capsule will be carpeted, and will contain a DVD player, a 37-inch flat-screen monitor with stereo speakers, a couch, footrests, a table, leather covered swivel chairs, comfortable beds and a full-length mirror.

According to the New York Times, the Air Force reduced the number of capsules on order after the project was uncovered by a private watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-24 07:26 pm (UTC)
Grrrr. Would you like to post this in my sff.net newgroup, or may I snag?

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-07-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
You can snag it. I'd do it but I'm feeling sleepy. :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-24 07:41 pm (UTC)
Have a nice nap.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-24 07:54 pm (UTC)
Misappropriation of funds used to be a court-martial offense, especially in time of war. Bet it still is. Though rarely applied to generals, I think these guys need to spend some time in a "capsule" smaller than 18x9 with none of the amenities described here, even if that would still mean taxpayer expense in maintaining their sorry carcasses. I'm thinking 25 years hard labor in Leavenworth.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-07-24 08:24 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2008-07-29 12:05 am (UTC)

I disagree

One has to realize that these generals have been working their tail-off winning the war on terrorism. If they were in the private sector they would be given a golden parachute and all sorts of stock options. Instead, what they were given was a SLICC parachute. They get to listen to their favorite music all the way down, as they watch their troops explode before they do.
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