bloobeary: China builds residential districts nobody will ever live in, and shopping malls nobody will ever open a store in.We build planes that nobody will ever fly.And thus, the illusion that the system isn't broken is maintained for another day.
OnlyM3: m00dittybopper: Of course, it's not the military's fault: Blame the politicians who use military funding to get jobs for their districts, essentially purchasing votes.$567 million for 800 jobs! what a deal!But obama's 2 Billion for a few GM jobs was a wise investment./// hypocrites.
Billy Bathsalt: In that case, we should probably cut food stamps some more.
FatherChaos: No wonder our youth is borderline potato. If we switched military spending with education, we'd have the smartest combat force in existence.
Mikey1969: Well, in the first place, it says that they were originally ordered in 2007, and sequestration forced their mission to be reconsidered. This isn't WalMart, they couldn't just get to the Cargo Plane Checkout and say ' I don't want these, you'll need to put them in the GoBacks cart.'. The planes were ordered, they take awhile to be built, and the contract stipulates they get delivered.In the second place, the "boneyard" has all kinds of planes ready to go in almost no time. Fill up fluid reservoirs, drop engines in on some, remove engine covers on others, throw tires on. A lot of the planes out there are just waiting to be made ready, they aren't "scrapped" in any way, so it's the perfect place to store planes that aren't going to currently get used.
OnlyM3: But obama's 2 Billion for a few GM jobs was a wise investment./// hypocrites.
JacksonBryan: From the comments (have not verified but might look)They have all been disposed of or will be on completion. Seven have gone to the US Army for Special Forces trainers. the remaining fourteen are going to the USCG in exchange for seven older C-130H models which are to be completely refurbished by the USAF (including wing boxes) and then transferred to the USFS (as title holder) for use as Air Tankers by private companies under contract to the USFS, probably using the MAAFF2 system.
lilbjorn: But by all means, GOP, please save 0.05% of this wasted money by cutting the NPR budget.
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