As I'm sure you are aware, the federal government is in shutdown mode. We have reached this point not only because the rabid right loathes Obamacare (as I have noted before, I'm not a big fan of it either), but they keep demanding more and more draconian cuts from the federal budget. With this in mind, take a look at this blog post from Jonathan Turley.
We are buying huge planes at $50 million a pop only to roll them directly from the factories into mothballs because no one wants them. To make this even more incomprehensible, we are not even making the cargo planes. Like the Russian helicopters that the Afghans cannot fly, we are buying the cargo planes from Italy . . . and we are continuing to order more as we struggle to find places to dump them.
The dozen Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard.” We are ordering five more, which are expected to be immediately sent with the others into mothballs. The Air Force has spent $567 million on 21 of the planes which will join some 4,400 other aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles at the boneyard — more than $35 billion of unused airplanes.
Is that crazy or what? We have wasted $567 million dollars on airplanes we have no use for! If the rabid right genuinely is concerned with wasteful spending, why don't they target purchases like this?
Of course, we all should know the answer to that question. Those wasted dollars serve a corporate purpose and that's all that really matters.