Where to cut in Obama's budget? How about starting with 'Intelligence'?

This is not really news, as it's a couple of weeks old. Two things to emphasize on this Bloomberg report:
  • It was just another blow to Obama, the kick-ass president.
  • Look the budget of the whole intelligence services in the US: $47.5 billion! To put things in perspective, the total amount of personal income tax as found in the Budget of California brought in $46.6 billion. To what avail? What are these government spies doing all day but planting the seeds of tomorrow's wars and sorrow, and taking away the freedoms and privacy of millions of people both inside and outside the USA?
  • 16 intelligence agencies! Even if you think spying and war mongering is a necessity, how can you justify 16 agencies? Talk about efficiency of the administrations...
Here are some quotes from the Bloomberg report:
May 20 (Bloomberg) -- National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair is resigning as the top manager of U.S. spy agencies.

Blair today offered his resignation to President Barack Obama effective May 28, he said in a statement. A U.S. official said the administration already has been interviewing potential replacements.
Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the resignation is a “disturbing sign” of conflicts between intelligence agencies and the Obama White House.

“Blair’s resignation is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight,” Hoekstra, of Michigan, said in a statement.
Blair, 63, is a retired admiral who was picked by Obama last year for the job of overseeing the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, which have a combined budget of $47.5 billion. He was confirmed to the position by the U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote.

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