Tanks… A Lot

4 May

Congress just can’t get any more irrelevant. Once again both parties, despite having absolutely nothing to agree upon when it comes to getting things done that the American people need done,  have found something to agree upon by coming together to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams tank.

And even though recently sequestered programs that serve real people are in dire need of refunding, Congress has decided to once again make a bipartisan effort to spend an extra $436 million on a weapon that their experts…namely the military… say is not needed.

The Sponsors of the bill to fund the tanks, who are also two of Congress’ most vocal advocates for cutting the federal budget, say that their support for what seems like obviously unnecessary spending  is all about national security,  even though the military says it’s not!

But actually the spending is all about General Dynamics, a major defense contractor that produces the tanks for the military and spent close to $11 million last year on lobbying…Congress of course…and they most probably use some of that money they get for producing the unneeded tanks on their lobbying for more…

And even though the Army would rather take a pause in their tank production so that they could spend the money on research-and-development work for a new and improved model…they of course need Congress’…and General Dynamics…permission first.

And to top it all off the  Defense Department has to spend around $115 billion over the next half decade just to keep tanks in tip-top condition by keeping them clean and rust-proof while in storage, otherwise they may fall apart while left locked up….because…they don’t need any more tanks!

How about this for an all around solution to our defense spending, gun control and 2nd amendment problems? Take the 4500 unused tanks that are already in storage and trade them to the NRA for a few thousand guns apiece.

That way we get rid of the tanks, round up the guns and give American militiamen, when the time finally does come for taking on the federal government,  something that they can really defend their rights with…tank you very much.

11 Responses to “Tanks… A Lot”

  1. lwk2431 May 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    “Congress has decided to once again make a bipartisan effort to spend an extra $436 million on a weapon that their experts…namely the military… say is not needed.”

    Came in pretty useful in Iraq as I remember. We’ve still got the best tank in the world and we invested a hell of lot in them to just let them rust away.

    lwk
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  2. TamrahJo May 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Fantabulous idea – I love solutions that take care of more than one problem!

  3. Malcolm Greenhill May 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    How about the government handing back the money to taxpayers from whom they took it in the first place and letting them decide how to spend the money, whether on personal security or a degree in philosophy? Enough grandstanding by the good, the wise and the godly.

  4. Dan Hennessy May 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Might have to retink this tank stuff .

  5. gemini232006 May 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I agree with you as a military vet, spouse of one. Why the hell do we need tanks, They were not very useful in Iraq and in Afghanistan in the rugged terrain with the “moon dust” It’s contractors like those that keep screwing the military more, congress keeps paying these bastards millions of dollars to build products, when they are always in disagreement whether the military should get their underpaid wages. Stop wasting money on unneccesary equipment. We should be looking into learning more about chemical weapons and how to protect ourselves from those. Our pro masks are useless in desert environments, the seals are ruined because of the heat. If Syria or any other country decides to use those while our troops are anywhere in the vicinity, they are pretty much screwed. Sorry end of rant.

  6. brucethomasw May 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    It seems the arms manufactureres have taken control – what a coup! We hardly noticed. Tanks for the tums up, to build on your pun!

  7. Ann Graham Price May 5, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    “Congress just can’t get any more irrelevant.” Ssssssshhhh, now. You mustn’t say things like that. They’re bound to prove you wrong.

  8. Morgan Mussell May 5, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    I’d alter your suggestion just a bit: sell the tanks to the NRA for a small fee – call it a 2nd Amendment Surcharge, perhaps. Use this revenue to buy up more drones, which will make the tanks irrelevant when the gummint comes to take their guns.

  9. avwalters May 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Government of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation…..

  10. alesiablogs May 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    You made something unlaughable—laughable…..If your facts are true (sorry I do not see where you put sources for your info.)–this is very sad indeed. I am sure it is true…WE know our Congress is pathetic.

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