As our government continues down the path to unwieldy power, one such abuse may have been discovered at the Pentagon.
The American people have been somewhat oblivious to the abuses of the U.S. government in recent years, thanks in no small part to the nonchalant attitude exuded during the 8 years of former President Barack Obama’s rein. Now, after a lengthy and serious investigation, whistleblowers at the Pentagon have revealed what may be one of the largest price-gouging rackets in modern history.
“The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show.
“Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records.
“The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher — sometimes $1 per gallon or more — than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.”
Not all versions of governmental corruption are so easily discovered, and few are as tidy as this latest allegation. The inner workings of our elected representation are not often on display, for good reason, and we must remain vigilant in our mission to expose these scandals for what they are.
While the Pentagon’s fuel-gouging scheme seems fruitful on its face, (who doesn’t want the Department of Defense to be well funded?), we must acknowledge that the wealth changing hands in this particular scenario is generated by the taxes that we all contribute to, willingly or not. That means that, in the case of this governmental malfeasance, We The People are being robbed in order to amass extra cash in Washington D.C.
It’s a modern spin on the “no taxation without representation” motif that helped us to found this great nation, and should be handled with similar aplomb.