Is Pentagon's Credit Card Spending Defenseless?

"Allowing your purchasers to go out and get the government the best deal, at the end of the day, will save the government far more money, and we can do a better job of cutting down on abuse as well," Davis said.

I asked him whether they should first fix the credit card fraud problem before increasing the purchase limits.

"We spend a lot of time and effort in government making sure that people can't steal money. And we're usually pretty successful at that," he said.

"Usually. But not in this particular case," Davis acknowledged.

Is this a "particular" case? These credit card purchases are just the latest in a long line of examples of the Pentagon's poor money management. A 2000 audit found the Defense Department couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars. That's equal to losing $4,000 for every single American.

When private corporations squander investors' money, we insist that they face consequences.

But, when it comes to the government, almost nothing ever changes.

Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., says, "DOD [Department of Defense] management is not just bad, it's atrocious."

And we should INCREASE their credit card limits? Give me a break!

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