Matt Taibbi on the socialistic Military Industrial Complex that works for tech companies, not actual military members:
In the defense bill, it usually works like this: Congress sticks in a
few extra airplanes or ships as a handout to this or that member,
usually in exchange for his vote somewhere else on some other issue. To
pay for those earmarks, the favored targets for cutting are usually two
parts of the defense bill: Personnel (i.e. military pay) and Operations
and Maintenance (which includes such things as body armor, equipment,
food, training, and fuel). Those of you who wondered over the years how
it could be that soldiers in Iraq could somehow be left without body
armor, well, here’s your explanation. They usually took the armor off
those kids in order to pay off some congressman with an extra
helicopter or two.
Every politician likes to pretend they are the army's best friend, yet many of them turn a blind eye when it comes to funding the people who actually fight. The only way to stop this in my view, is to sign a bill that forces every member of congress who votes for war to send their eligible to the front line. Not only would they be funded properly, but most likely not at war in the first place.