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Can Conservatives Condone This Waste Of Federal Money?

January 20, 2011

Fact is, they did. 

For all the talk about not wanting to waste taxpayer money it was the conservatives in both political parties that failed to walk the talk.  Folks like former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn must hang their head with the likes of Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.

For years many conservatives denounced the waste of federal money, but then supported squandering money on a program to remove gay members of the armed forces. 

Now the government has released a report that shows the waste and abuse conservatives allowed when it came to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

How many hours did the taxpayer have to work to fund this horrible policy?

Enforcing the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law cost the Defense Department nearly $200 million in administrative, recruiting and retraining costs over six years, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The figure includes roughly $53,000 for each of the 3,664 gay servicemembers dismissed from fiscal 2004 through fiscal 2009.

According to the report, the majority of the expense came from recruiting replacements and retraining the new troops. More than a third of the discharged troops held “skills in critical occupations.” That included 23 language experts, whose training included years of language proficiency work prior to their dismissal.

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