Sometimes, you have to wonder why the government spends money on some of the things that it does. Also, it is not lost on me that sometimes people are put somewhere specifically do they can do absolutely nothing.
I remember when I was in the Navy, sometimes when we were on deployments we would end up being given a job cleaning something that would take in all reality an hour and change to clean. That being said, we would be told to make it last for eight hours. My immediate thought was if that was the only thing we had to do, why not just let us be done for the day if we were doing that one thing all day.
The government always does stuff like this, and most of the time it is simple busywork. However, when it all comes down to it sometimes they can use the military for the most sinister of purposes.
The presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., is racking up a hefty bill of $500 million as threats reportedly require them to remain into early spring.
The estimate exceeds even the $480 million Bloomberg projected Thursday, according to an official who confirmed the number to The Hill, and does not include the costs incurred by the city.
Approximately 26,000 guardsmen from all 50 states, as well as three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, descended on the capital in the wake of the unrest on Jan. 6, locking down the sensitive areas around the Capitol building, National Mall, and large portions of downtown with police barricades and razor-topped fences.
Troop numbers have decreased to around 7,000 since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, with about 5,000 planning to remain until at least mid-March, in accordance with a Department of Homeland Security bulletin that warns threats remain even after the inauguration.
“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin said.