Forced Tank Spending

  • Aired:  04/30/13
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Congress allocates millions of tax dollars to upgrade the Abrams tank, but General Raymond Odierno says the Army doesn't need or want it. (3:58)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

REPORT.

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

FOR ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA,

NATION, YOU KNOW, FOLKS, IF YOU

WATCH THE NEWS AS CLOSELY AS I

DO, YOU KNOW THE SEQUESTER

BUDGET CUTS ARE HERE.

THE UNEMPLOYED HAVE SEEN SMALLER

BENEFIT CHECKS, SOME CANCER

PATIENTS HAVE GONE WITHOUT

TREATMENT, AND LINES AT NEW

YORK'S LAGUARDIA AIRPORT NOW

START AT CHICAGO'S O'HARE.

TOUGH MEDICINE.

BUT CONSERVATIVES LIKE ME KNOW

THAT IN A BUDGET CRISIS,

EVERYTHING NONESSENTIAL HAS TO

GO -- WHETHER IT'S FOOD FOR KIDS

WHO AREN'T MINE OR SOME OTHER

STUFF FOR PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW.

BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT

GOVERNMENT SPENDS MONEY ON THAT

ARE WORTH -- STAY WITH ME --

SPENDING MONEY -- STAY WITH

ME -- ON.

AND, AS USUAL, THOSE THINGS ARE

TANKS.

THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT THAT WE

NEED THEM EVEN WHEN WE DON'T

NEED THEM.

>> CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $255

MILLION TO UPGRADE THE ARMY'S M1

ABRAMS TANK BUT HERE'S THE

THING.

THE PENTAGON WANTS TO HALT

PRODUCTION ON THESE TANKS.

>> MILITARY GENERALS SAY WE

DON'T NEED THAT TANK OR THAT

BOMBER.

CONGRESS SAYS YEAH YOU DO.

>> LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH PARTIES

HAVE DEVOTED THE TAX PAYER MONEY

FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS ON

IMPROVING THE ABRAMS TANK BUT

GENERAL RAY ODIERNO, THE ARMY'S

CHIEF OF STAFF, SAID IF HE HAD A

CHOICE HE'D USE THE MONEY IN A

DIFFERENT WAY.

>> Stephen: I AM SHOCKED TO HEAR

THAT FROM GENERAL ODIERNO WHO I

BELIEVE IS PART TANK ON HIS

FATHER'S SIDE.

WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE

TANKS ARE GOING TO ROLL AND IT'S

ALL TANKS... (LAUGHING) -- TO...

THANK YOU.

AND ALL IT'S "TANKS" TO OHIO'S

SENATOR ROB PORTMAN AND

CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN.

IT'S A BRAVE STANCE FOR THESE

FISCAL CONSERVATIVES.

CONGRESSMAN JORDAN WHO

REPRESENTS LIMA OHIO WHERE THE

TANKS ARE MANUFACTURED DEFENDED

THE COST SAYING, QUOTE, THE ONE

AREA WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO

SPEND TAX PAYER MONEY IS IN

DEFENSE OF THE COUNTRY.

THE OTHER AREA, YOU KNOW, HIS

DISTRICT.

AND IF THE ARMY DOESN'T REALLY

WANT THEM, THAT'S FINE.

THESE TWO HAVE VOTED TO CUT

FUNDING TO ALL KINDS OF SERVICES

AND THE TANKS CAN HELP FILL THE

GAPS.

FOR INSTANCE, MEALS ON WHEELS

GOT HIT BY THE SEQUESTER.

LET'S REPLACE IT WITH BREADS ON

TREADS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

I MEAN, ONE OF THESE TANKS CAN

BARRAGE THE ELDERLY WITH STICKY

BUNS FROM THREE MILES AWAY.

AND WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PAY

FOR CANCER PATIENTS' MEDICINE

ANYMORE, BUT WE CAN OFFER THEM

ONE LAST BAD-ASS DAY OF

ADVENTURE.

AND IT'S NOT JUST THE SOCIAL

SERVICES.

I MEAN IN THE MILITARY THE BLUE

ANGELS' BUDGET HAS BEEN SPLASHED

BUT IT WILL BE JUST AS EXCITING

TO WATCH THE GRAY TANKLES.

OH, THEY'RE MAKING ANOTHER

SQUARE.

THE BEST PART IS WE WON'T HAVE

TO SHUT DOWN THE TANK PLANT IN

LIMA, OHIO.

AND THAT WILL SAVE JOBS.

WELL, TWO OF

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