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What's goin' on at the Pentagon

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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 is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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