The $20 Million Republicans Didn't Spend

Via the New York Times:

Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation's capital "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The money hasn't been spent. I'm not sure if that surprises me or not.

The $20 million has been rolled over into the 2007 budget.
The original legislation empowered the president to designate "a day of celebration" to commemorate the success of the armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to "issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
One would think (if one thinks) that it might be best to make a plan about how to get to victory before one starts planning the victory parade. Something tells me FDR wasn't planning for V-J day when Douglas MacArthur was being rushed out of the Philippines on a PT boat...

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