|C-130J and Pork Barrel Spending
||[Apr. 2nd, 2005|02:07 pm]
The Kleptocracy of Nimrod
Has anyone heard about about the C-130J transport aircraft that congress has been buying hand over fist? Sounds good, right? The military always needs new equipment to complete it's mission as successfully as possible. Besides the whole industry around the aircraft (the actual production plus the accumulation and refinement of raw materials) creates jobs and keeps towns thriving. Except there is one tiny problem, the military doesn't want them. Do you know why the military doesn't want them? IT CAN'T FLY IN BAD WEATHER! Now, I was always under the impression military aircraft had to fly in bad weather and in fact, they do. But not in this case. The normal C-130 Hercules is a fine aircraft. Tough and rugged it has been used by all the services (including the Coast Guard) for over 30 years. The J variant is not any of those thing. Why, I don't know. I do know, however, that each cost 66 million dollars and Congress just put in an order for 80 of them. Now since the military doesn't want them this fiasco is a 5.28 BILLION dollar waste of tax-payer money. This is one the worst examples of Congressional...hell...I don't even know what it is. It's like a mix of pork barrel spending, contribution searching, and vote pandering all rolled into one. The odd thing is that this isn't some honest mistake where the military is keeping its mouth shut except to say thank you like a child whose Aunt gives him socks every Christmas. No, in fact Rumsfeld (when was he ever the good guy before?) keeps telling Congress, "Stop buying these planes. Stop buying the planes. You are wasting tax-payer money. STOP BUYING THE GODDAMN PLANES!" This is such a fucked up situation. A good analogy is this, say your Mother (Congress)packs your lunch every day and every day she gives you a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich (a C-130J). You (the Military) hate Peanut Butter and Jelly so you keep handing them to the poor kid who will take what he can get (in this case the National Guard). Whenever you ask your Mother for a turkey sandwich or something she responds with a, "But you love Peanut Butter and Jelly." and goes back to spreading peanut butter. This is basically the situation and I don't what to think. Does Congress really think this will fly under the proverbial radar? Yes and it will to the population at large. The spending isn't about planes or our money, its about votes and lots of people will get lots of votes because the constituents got jobs. Welcome to America.