“The budget should be balanced. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC-43BC)
Barack Obama will drag this year’s noxious edition of payola, profligacy, and larcenous intent—laughingly misnamed ‘the federal budget‘—over to Congress on Monday, a week past the deadline mandated by the U.S. Constitution; late, however, is never better than never when it comes to the squandering of tax dollars in which Obama and his comrades specialize. At any event, Barry’s modest negligence won’t for one second faze those dissipated Jackasses in the Senate, who have steadfastly refused for the last 36 months to provide their own spending plan (as required by law). And, like everything else in this murkiest of mis-administrations, Obama’s latest blueprint for bankruptcy is not quite on the up-and-up:
The White House believes it’s figured out how to get more money for clean energy programs touted by President Obama without having it become political road kill in the wake of the Solyndra controversy: Put it in the Pentagon.
While details are thin on the ground, lawmakers who work on both energy and defense spending policy believe the 2013 budget request to be delivered to Congress on Monday probably won’t include big increases for wind and solar power through the Energy Department, a major target for Republicans since solar-panel maker Solyndra defaulted last year on a $535 million loan guarantee from the DOE.
But they do expect to see increases in spending on alternative energy in the Defense Department, such as programs to replace traditional jet fuel with biofuels, supply troops on the front lines with solar-powered electronic equipment, build hybrid engine tanks and aircraft carriers, and increase renewable energy use on military bases. (White House budget to expand clean energy programs through Pentagon – Defense/GovExec.com)
It’s uncertain whether this is a scheme to amplify kickbacks to Obama campaign donors that peddle alternative energy or to further decrease the war-fighting effectiveness of our Politically Corrected and increasingly indigent armed forces. Given this president’s history, it’s probably both. The man never misses a chance to kill two birds with one stone, as long as both birds are American eagles.