Its the inverse of the federal budget world these days, in which automatic spending cuts are leaving sought-after pet programs struggling or unpaid altogether. Republicans and Democrats for years have fought so bitterly that lawmaking in Washington ground to a near-halt.
Yet in the case of the Abrams tank, theres a bipartisan push to spend an extra $436 million on a weapon the experts explicitly say is not needed.
“If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Armys chief of staff, told The Associated Press this past week.
Why are the tank dollars still flowing? Politics.
Once again our Corporate Congress proves that “Protecting National Defense” is only about “Protecting the Military Industrial Complex”.
If politicians really wanted to HELP the people of America, they wouldn’t slash social programs that DIRECTLY HELP the majority of Americans to pay for tanks that nobody wants or needs.
When politicians see corporations as “People”, and The People as “takers”, you get more tanks in the Middle East instead of cheaper health care here home.