Why is the EPA Buying Military-Style Equipment?

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Federal bureaucracies are bloated and inefficient. But are they also becoming dangerous?

The Washington Times reports:

Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.

…Some examples of the purchases include:

• Nearly $2 million spent by the Department of Veterans Affairs on riot helmets, defender shields, body armor, a “milo return fire cannon system,” armored mobile shields, Kevlar blankets, tactical gear and equipment for crowd control.

• Over $300,000 spent by the Food and Drug Administration on “ballistic vests and carriers” in fiscal 2014.

• Over $200,000 on body armor spent by the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration years, versus just $30,000 in the three previous fiscal years.

The EPA can’t seem to do environmental inspections correctly without polluting rivers and manipulating data to sabotage mine projects. What could they possibly do with body armor?

I know we often say metaphorically that Obama and the radical environmentalists have declared a “war on energy and coal,” but this is getting ridiculous.

These federal agencies are not accountable to anyone for their budget or spending. Our next president needs to take an audit of all these bloated agencies and cut the fat.