Army officials don’t want any more Abrams tanks! Congress won’t hear of it however. A bipartisan band of congressmen are pushing to spend $436 million on tanks the army doesn’t need or want.
Some “experts” say they are needed. The “experts” are obviously not in the army. Could they instead be paid by lobbyists?
We have spent a half-billion on Abrams tanks in the past two years.
I suppose there is a use for them. We have some of them in the US and they were deployed in Boston after the recent terror attack. We got to watch them roll through streets chasing a 19-year old.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s Chief of Staff, whom I would trust more than any anonymous “expert” said last week:
“If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way.”
However, and you knew this was coming, we need them because of pork barrel politics!
The tanks keep businesses and jobs going in congressional districts where the tank’s suppliers are located. Lima, Ohio, for one, has the nation’s only tank plant. Democrats and Republicans in that state are pushing for production of the unwanted tanks while sequester threatens our very existence and robs Big Government of 2% of its increases to spending.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces the daunting task of purging programs to ensure there’s enough money for essential operations, training, and equipment. Wouldn’t it be great if congress let him cut the things the Army doesn’t need or want? I’m all for jobs, but not faux jobs.
The Lima facility, as one example, is owned by the federal government but operated by the land systems division of General Dynamics, a major defense contractor that spent close to $11 million last year on lobbying, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. It employs 700 of the residents who want us to continue their unneeded jobs.
The military, hit harder under Sequester and prior Draconian Obama cuts, must absorb a $487 billion reduction in defense spending over the next 10 years, as required by the Budget Control Act passed in 2011. They need to cut things that are not needed.
The Army wants to buy tanks down-the-road when the new redesigned tanks are ready.
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