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"Let's Keep War Contractors Honest," Prof. Ken Bode Writes in Op-Ed

March 5, 2004

March 5, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "The Pentagon has just about hit my last nerve," begins an op-ed by Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, published in today's Indianapolis Star. "This past week we learned that 47 companies with Pentagon defense contracts are big-time tax evaders. These corporations do 'outsourced' work, jobs we used to pay soldiers to do... these corporations owe our government $3 billion in unpaid taxes. Pentagon auditors didn't even notice. It took the auditing arm of Congress, the Government Accounting Office to investigate." Bode adds, "Among the things these outsourcing entrepreneurs have done is to steal the payroll taxes of their own employees... This happens to be a felony, but nobody has been prosecuted by the Pentagon."

Professor Bode suggests that, as then-Senator Harry Truman did during World War II, President Bush should establish a watchdog committee to oversee military contractors. "Private enterprise has always prospered when America is at war, but perhaps never so handsomely as today," he writes. "So what do we do about it now? How about we get ourselves another Truman committee? The legitimacy of the war in Iraq rests on a resolution of Congress. That same Congress now owes the American people some serious oversight. Who could do it? My candidate is Senator John McCain. As was Truman, McCain is a member of the majority party with an unassailable military background. Also, like Truman, McCain has sufficient maverick in his pedigree and a reputation for straight talk that gives him instant credibility. Let's keep the war contractors honest."

You can read the complete essay at College News.org.

Source: Indianapolis Star

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