Navy Secretary Says $4 Billion Dollars Of Taxpayer Funds Dumped Into Trash Can, And It’s Not Over

So let’s talk money. Mueller’s investigation is costing taxpayers $5 million. Welfare fraud is costing way, way more than that. Sanctuary Cities? They’re practically burning money.

But the Navy? Well, they just burned through $4 billion. With a B.

That should leave you outraged, but curious. After all, military men are used to logistics. They should be good with money.

And in this case, they are good with money. They don’t want to waste $4 billion. They know how to fix the problem.

It’s simply that the government isn’t letting them.

And that should make you angry.

The Daily Caller reports:

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said Monday the problem of temporary, Congress-provided funds to the service has forced the Navy to burn $4 billion dollars of cash.

Spencer called for an end to Congress’ practice of providing temporary funds in the form of continuing resolutions and keeping the Budget Control Act on the books, that introduces serious defense cuts.

The start-and-stop costs associated with temporary funds has forced the Navy to dump $4 billion dollars of taxpayer funds into a trash can, pour lighter fluid on the pile and burn it, according to Spencer.

This requires some explanation.

The budget for the military is approved each year by Congress. In times of peace, the budget shrinks. In times of war, it grows. Nothing complicated – just approve the money you need.

Problem is, when you’re not sure how much money you’ll get next year, you can’t plan well. If you can’t plan for long-term budgeting, you’ll make decisions that are more expensive, even if they cost more.

Finishing construction on an aircraft carrier? Well, if you know your budget for next year, you can keep guys working on it, 9 to 5. If you don’t know your budget for next year…maybe you should finish up that carrier before the end of this year. That means paying your guys overtime.

Mind you, that’s just one example. But multiply examples like that over several hundred Naval projects…and you get roughly $4 billion.

That’s insane. And Secretary Spencer wants to end the practice.

Just give your boys a budget, and keep it constant. It saves money.

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