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Nick Anderson

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.
    But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, “No thanks.”
    It’s 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, there’s 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 Army’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press this past week.
    Why are the tank dollars still flowing? Politics.
    Keeping the Abrams production line rolling protects businesses and good paying jobs in congressional districts where the tank’s many suppliers are located.
    If there’s a home of the Abrams, it’s politically important Ohio. The nation’s only tank plant is in Lima. So it’s no coincidence that the champions for more tanks are Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Rob Portman, two of Capitol’s Hill most prominent deficit hawks, as well as Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.
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    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Army-says-no-to-more-tanks-but-Congress-insists-4470089.php#ixzz2Rt5CI0rl

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    80+% of flights are still “on time”, despite delays at some major airports. Those delays may be a whole 6-20 minutes longer than “normal” at peak flight periods. Yep, that’s a real disaster, far more serious of course than folks losing their cancer treatments, food stamps, or medical care in general.

  3. Sandfan

    Sandfan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If we get lucky, the next plane will crash into that tower.

  4. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    i flew on friday and monday. plane was early on both flights. The bohner/cantor flight delay program was a typical republican failure.

    with a razor like focus on jobs, the republicans wouldn’t want to see the economy improve under a democratic president, but oh well, they’ve failed again.

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