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What's goin' on at the Pentagon

"Oh, when the saints go marching in, Lord, how I want to be in that number ..."

Actually, you want to be in the band.

On Wednesday night the House of Representatives rejected an effort by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) to reduce the budget for the military's 140 bands and 5,000 full-time musicians from $388 million to $200 million. The congresswoman had questioned the need to spend nearly $4 billion over the next decade on military bands and musical performances.

Superbly, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) said there was "no reason Congress should be telling the Department of Defense where and how to spend money." Er, Steve? That's Congress's job.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“We’re in a fiscal crisis here.”

— Rep. Betty McCollum, to the deaf ears of her House colleagues