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Abrams tanks

Abrams Tanks: Building Dinosaurs

2000 Abrams tanks are sitting in the desert, mothballed. Yet they are still being manufactured and bought by our government. The Dept. of Defense doesn’t even want them. But the politicians, especially from the state of Ohio, do. It creates jobs.

The recent defense spending bill includes $120 million for tanks that the Army has repeatedly said it doesn’t want.

For three years, the Army in numerous Congressional hearings has pushed a plan that essentially would have suspended tank building and upgrades in the U.S. for the first time since World War II. The Army suggested that production lines could be kept open through foreign sales.

Each time, Congress has pushed back. Last week, Congress won again in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015.

In a statement, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said that Congress “recognizes the necessity of the Abrams tank to our national security and authorizes an additional $120 million for Abrams tank upgrades. This provision keeps the production lines open in Lima, Ohio, and ensures that our skilled, technical workers are protected.”

Turner chairs the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and will retain that position in the next Congress. The General Dynamics Land Systems plant in Lima, the only U.S. manufacturer of tanks, is in the district of Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

Turner’s office did not respond to several requests for comment on why Congress went against the recommendation of Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, to suspend tank production.

(A portion of the above info is from

Here you have the name of those politicians who are spending taxpayer money on waste. If you live in their districts, you may want to write or call them.