VodkaPundit quotes a news story saying ” 19 percent of the Pentagon’s acquistion budget — the money to research and buy things — is being devoted to super-secret items …” That’s $28 billion. A nice, round figure.
Many will say, yegads, what waste must be occurring in those impenetrable shadows! Everybody who says the government wastes money with both hands is right. And the rain falls in May. It is the order of nature.
But I don’t worry about that too much, waste, on something like this. I remember somebody once said that Jesse Helms thought the whole federal budget should consist of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, the Bureau of Prisons and the tobacco subsidy. I think pretty much like Sen. Helms, with a few details changed. If we must have “waste” in Government, let it be spending on some incredible weapon that just might do us some good on some dark, desperate day. The Manhattan project was a secret project. Best money we ever spent. Radar. Proximity fuses. Secret. Stealth technology, secret too. Fine. The best possible place to shovel our tax money is new and improved weapons. Weakness invites attack. May our enemies shake with fear at the monstrous new death-machines that will emerge from America’s Secret Labs. If we are going to bust the budget, this is the place to do it.