The Pentagon spent an average of $2 million a year on “toiletry paper products” between 2000 and 2010. But that figure jumped to $130 million in 2012.
Well, of that $130 million, roughly $58 million was spent on paper products with which one could conceivably wipe their little tush. $2.7 million was spent on lightbulbs and $9.6 million on canning supplies. With my measly little brain power I’m thinking this leaves roughly $50 million, give or take a few bucks, that’s simply lumped in with “toiletry paper products.” Interesting.
Also something to ruminate on: the biggest vendor of “toiletry paper products” for the Pentagon, and the government, was none other than Georgia-Pacific, or better known as Koch Industries.
Toilet paper. The boys are in toilet paper. I’m sure I could come up with something here if I tried hard enough. However, as the latest Royal Edict of the land is starting to be enforced, I feel I should keep all comments out of the toilet.
Bathroom humor is not one of my fortes anyway.
Though did you know this? Vietnam soldiers were issued 19 squares a day to take care of their daily business. 19. Interesting.
OK, maybe toiletry paper products isn’t something you’re keen on knowing about. How about this tidbit?
One F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs $137 million. Or roughly 42 million cupcakes at an average of $3.25 per cupcake. (We’re talking gourmet, buy-them-by-the-half-dozen and have-them-all-wrapped-up-with-a-bow kind of cupcakes. All the rage. There’s even a baking cupcake reality show. Seriously. But I digress.)
The Pentagon spent $1 million in 2012 on blood/blood products and $85 million on tobacco products. I’m having a tough time with this one. I really am.
Oh, and if you’re going to cry foul cause I’m a pinko liberal dissing on the United States military, take a look at Senator John McCain’s comments about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He calls it “one of the great national scandals that we have ever had, as far as the expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars are concerned.” Last time I checked Senator McCain was a healthily red Republican. Nothing liberal about him.
I could go on and on. I’m getting all the information for this here post from an article written by Dave Gilson for the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Mother Jones. The article is replete with example after example of the money spent by the Pentagon on things that make you go ‘hmmmm.’ I highly recommend it.
And on that note, I’m off to dreamland.