I think many here are missing the point. Of course we want bullet proof armor for our fighting men and women. Of course we want to be fair in our purchasing practices. But at the same time, we shouldn't get dooped
It is the everyday things that govt. spends too much money on!
Take airplane flights. We are required to use a government contracted service for our airplane flights.
These flights are routinely 2 to 4 times the price of a plane flight that I can book myself simply by going on the internet and using a major airline's webpage and flying as a member of the public. It makes no sense. We are paying a contractor to provide us a service and then we are paying overpriced fares. So the government loses money twice. If you travel just a couple times a year, this can waste over $1 thousand per employee. Now multiply that by the number of employees that you know that travel by air.