The Trump administration is pledging to audit the Department of Defense for the first time in its history

Go to it auditors. Let’s see what’s in that mess. I mean, it sounds like even the Pentagon doesn’t know. (In fact we are almost sure that the Pentagon doesn’t have a real grasp on costs. They haven’t had to have a grasp because Republicans (and Dems too – but Dems tend to think wasting the taxpayer’s money isn’t such a big deal) have always given the military piles and piles of money.

Audit and then cut.

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Ralph Nader: Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

Best guess, I guess.

It so big it’s hard to comprehend. Which is by design of course.

In many ways these days Ralph Nader, yes that Ralph Nader, seems more concerned with curtailing runaway spending than many avowed “conservatives.”

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Here Are 100 Reasons Why We Need To Audit The Federal Reserve

I personally don’t need 100 reasons. It should be audited, a real audit of discussions at the FOMC etc., tomorrow. Heck, I don’t even need it audited. Closing it down would be a better idea.

But for those who need to learn a little more about why the Federal Reserve is the prime mover of crony capitalism Zerohedge has provided us with a nice long list of grievances against the institution.

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A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

As we have often noted, one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

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No more ‘Backdoor Bailouts’ from the Federal Reserve?

This bill is probably a step in the right direction, but the focus should be first on auditing the Fed under a bright burning magnesium fueled light. We need to know what’s really going on in the institution before we can chart the best way forward. Open the beast up. Let’s see what happened in 2008/2009 and during the QE binge. Then we can tinker, or hack away, or blow up as needed.

It should be noted that Senator Warren,

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How about the Pentagon cleans up its massive fraud and waste before asking taxpayers for billions more

For far too long conservatives have given the military the equivalent of a blank check. Through the Cold War and in the years since the budget has ballooned. It takes a huge piece of the federal pie and it is filled with waste and flat out fraud. The Pentagon wastes BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars.

Some of the “fraud” is entirely legal. Overpayments for this, a sweetheart contract for that. Perhaps a deal for a weapons system which makes no sense but is a government works program for some congressperson’s (often a Republican) district.

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Rand Paul Responds to Politico ‘Hit Piece’ Criticizing His Position on the Fed

If you want to read the piece to which Senator Paul is responding it is HERE.

Basically the bankers are coming with all guns for the guy who might expose the central bank racket they’ve been running for a very very long time. If everyday people were to actually learn of the things the Federal Reserve has done, indeed why it exists (to backstop the big banks – with the wealth of the American people –

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