Because it can.
Think of Bill and Monica. He could. She could. They did. Hillary didn’t.
What could Hillary have done about it? She could have divorced Bimboman. But she made it plain, early on, that she wanted to share in his power. The price? Bimbo eruptions. The smirking masses. The feminists who wagged their heads in disbelief, and who secretly wanted a little bit of Bill.
Washington is all about the power to do what you want to do, with someone else’s money. The Department of Homeland Security can buy the marks of power. It is buying armored personnel carriers, too. It’s like a shopping spree. The devil wears Prada, and the DHS buys ammo.
Will the DHS ever deploy troops? I doubt it. It will not need to. The fact that it has the authority to stockpile this much ammo sends a signal: “We’re alpha dogs. Governors aren’t.” This is about swagger, not deployment. This is about budgets, not training.
This is Janet Napolitano playing Bill, with governors as Hillary. “Try and stop me.”
The media ignore this story. They see it as business as usual. Administratively, it is. Symbolically, it isn’t. It is the federal government displaying its power to do anything it wants at taxpayers’ expense.
This is a fat contract for the manufacturer.
Ammo is getting scarce at present prices. But increased manufacturing capacity will remain after the contract is filled. Ammo will get cheaper in the future, because of added capacity. This is a good thing. When excess capacity is used, the price of ammo will fall.
I am rooting for excess capacity.