a reply to: Zaphod58
I absolutely love john Ringo!!!
Off topic but if you love Ringo you should check out the books written by Michael z. Williamson!! The baen free library has at least one of his books
free. Incidentally they have a bunch of john Ringo and David Drake books free to download also!!
As to the topic at hand... I'd rather see this stuff destroyed and scrapped than DRMO get it!!! Ever since the first round of laws massively
curtailing what surplus the American public and non insider American companies could buy in the papa bush or Clinton era and subsequent rounds of ever
more ridiculous restrictions (this is why surplus hummers aren't dirt cheap and EVERYWHERE here in the US btw.)
And it's also btw why there aren't surplus c-130's and etc being used to help replace our aging smoke jumper and fire bomber fleet! So every time a
couple hundred homes burn or firefighters die... write your elected officials a thank you letter!!!
Instead these items which COULD be helpful to the public and or drive whole areas of the economy are mostly GIVEN to dictators terrorists and even
private interests outside the US!!!.... oh wait.... did I say given? That's not the right word at all!
See because unlike when you or a company here in the US win an auction for the ever decreasing surplus we're ALLOWED TO PAY TO BUY but expected to
drive to where the item is sitting load it ourselves with zero help and even penalized for leaving a drop of leaking oil!! When Joe dictator gets
offered hummvees the public would PAY GOOD MONEY FOR the DRMO people have it cleaned up packaged and shipped all for AT BEST pennies on the dollar of
what a domestic auction would bring!!! Even worse though is that sometimes this pre shipping work basically entails a depot level rebuild!! AND to
add insult many times personnel and equipment are sent to unload assemble etc the equipment. Worse still... often technicians trainers and more from
the equipment maker are hired to go with the free equipment YOU CAN'T BUY!!!
Recently it got more ridiculous than that though! As we all know our current "POTUS" doesn't like the 2nd amendment. Now unfortunately for him laws
were in place to make sure certain surplus ammunition stuff like spent shell cases from military rifle ranges. This source of components directly
kept prices of some ammunition reasonable AND dozens of businesses with hundreds or even several thousand employees nationwide depended on this!!
Notice the past tense verbiage there... recently a dirty trick got pushed through that has almost totally destroyed these businesses. So before this
new deal the surplus cases etc were sold and the proceeds dropped back in the federal government general fund... Now though each base Commander "gets
to choose" between letting the cases from their base go surplus as normal OR give a MASSIVE defense company called ATK the chance to make a bid to
buy the stuff instead! If they take ATK's offer the funds from the sale go into THE DISCRETIONARY FUND FOR THAT BASE!!
Now... whether you are pro gun or not this should upset you doubly so!!! This provision is written such that ATK essentially has a monopoly position
that let's them buy raw materials at below market rate substantially while bankrupting several of their competitors outright and allowing them to
destroy or absorb other competition because they can price their products too low for them to compete!!!
Now the fact that the company given this power is ATK should make this infinitely more frightful. ATK is already huge and connected enough it has
already managed to get government ammunition plant management contracts and used them to close or buy most of the government ammunition production and
research centers!! In addition they own a disturbing percentage of American civilian and government munitions infrastructure and have shown a
hostility towards civilian shooters.
So whether you are pro or anti gun you should worry and be angry that a corporation has basically been given tools with which to finish securing an
utter monopoly on a critically important resource!!!
Isn't it common knowledge that giving a corporation control of a nation's ability to defend itself is beyond criminally stupid? which by the way,
by default gives that corporation the ability to dictate not just foreign but also DOMESTIC POLICY!!!???