posted on Apr, 28 2013 @ 12:42 PM
Well, just another example of congressmen doing what is good for their district, as opposed to what is best for the country.
Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers from both
parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams. But
senior Army officials have said repeatedly, "No thanks."
Ok alright Army officials are trying to save us some tax dollars alright!
Why are the tank dollars still flowing? Politics. Keeping the Abrams production line rolling protects businesses and good paying jobs in
congressional districts where the tank's many suppliers are located.
So here we come to the problem. The district that its helping will keep electing this official because its helping them, not the nation as a whole
Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Rob Portman, two of Capitol's Hill most prominent deficit hawks, as well as Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. They said
their support is rooted in protecting national security, not in pork-barrel politics.
Thanks guys. Well you can read about why this money has to go into defense because of designated budgets....
Federal budgets are always peppered with money for pet projects. What sets the Abrams example apart is the certainty of the Army's
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Covertblack because: Added link.
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