The High Price of Small Government.

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  1. Anguille
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    Anguille Bane of the Urbane

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/washington/12contractors.html

    "Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says


    By JAMES RISEN
    Published: August 11, 2008
    WASHINGTON — The United States this year will have spent $100 billion on contractors in Iraq since the invasion in 2003, a milestone that reflects the Bush administration’s unprecedented level of dependence on private firms for help in the war, according to a government report to be released
    Tuesday.
    The report, by the Congressional Budget Office, according to people with knowledge of its contents, will say that one out of every five dollars spent on the war in Iraq has gone to contractors for the United States military and other government agencies, in a war zone where employees of private contractors now outnumber American troops.

    The Pentagon’s reliance on outside contractors in Iraq is proportionately far larger than in any previous conflict, and it has fueled charges that this outsourcing has led to overbilling, fraud and shoddy and unsafe work that has endangered and even killed American troops. The role of armed security contractors has also raised new legal and political questions about whether the United States has become too dependent on private armed forces on the 21st-century battlefield.

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    Dina L. Rasor, an author and independent expert on contracting fraud, said she believed that the $100 billion cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office might be low, since there were virtually no reliable audits of or controls on spending during the first years of the war. “It is a shocking number, but I still don’t think it is the full cost,” Ms. Rasor said. “I don’t think there have been any credible cost numbers for the Iraq war. There was so much money spent at the beginning of the war, and nobody knows where it went.”

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    But I don't get it. Don't the Republicans keep telling us that private enterprise is more efficient and therefore out sourcing is more cost effective?
     
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    Let's hope the $$ is going to American contractors for the most part.
     
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    but the gov't is still involved, which is why the money is being wasted. so we need to get the govt out of there. but that would mean no more reconstruction. and if there is no reconstruction, why have the troops there? but we cant leave cause thats surrendering and emboldening terrorists!

    so that means that, uhhh, we must, uhhhhhh :confused:
     
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    I'm sure some of it is eventually going to American politicians and to the coffers of the GOP.
     
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    yes,

    And the majority of the workers over there enjoy the first $120,000 annual tax free, FYI.

    As does the boys in the military, I might add.
     

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