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Detroit vs Egypt/Afghanistan: Where is the Outrage?

If you’ve been following me for a while – you know I’m a news junkie…

So when I heard this story on the CBS Evening news, my ears perked up!

tank

M1A1

It concerns the Abrams M1A1 tank – made in America – and the centerpiece of U.S. aid to Egypt.

We give Egypt a billion dollars in aid per year…

ONE BILLION…

But if you try to give Detroit IN AMERICA a few hundred million dollars, Republicans will cry blue murder! So Detroit and American citizens living there are stagnating.

You will hear about mismanagement in Detroit…and waste etc. blah blah…

But do you hear about mismanagement in Afghanistan detailed in a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report was sent to Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, (April 2013).

 MY CHART

AFGHANISTAN

DETROIT

Source

CIA/UN

Online Article

 

Assistance

100 Billion From US Taxpayers So Far…

?

Debt/Unfunded Liabilities

$1.28 Billion.

$20 Billion. Owes More Than 100, 000 Creditors

GDP per capita

$33 Billion

Highest Per-Capita Income  In USA, 1960

Jobs

 Due To Infrastructure Projects – Roads, Bridges, Irrigation Facilities, Retaining Walls, Micro Hydro Plants, Nearly 483,000 People (Skilled, Unskilled) Have Gained Jobs/ Improved Economic Conditions

296, 000 In 1950; Today  27, 000. Between 2000-2010, 48-% Of Jobs Lost

Houses

Detroit Houses Cost $500 Or Less

Abandoned Homes

78,000

Building Density

1/3 Vacant Or Derelict

Literacy

28% (Age 15+)

48% Illiterate

Unemployment

35% (2008)

Less Than Half Employed Over 16

Poverty

36% Afghans

60-Percent Of Kids

Population

31 Million (2010). 3% Projected Growth 2010-2015

4th Largest US City. Population Fell By 63-% In Past 60 Yrs

Revenue

Opium (Used To Make Heroin) – World’s Largest Producer. Funds Taliban

Casinos 11-Million A Month

Hazardous Waste Sites

70 Sites In Detroit

Street Lights

40% Don’t Work

Ambulances 

1/3 Running. (Some Have Logged More Than 250, 000 Miles)

Parks

2/3 rds Closed

Police

Grew From 50,000 -120,000 since 2002

Detroit Police Cut By 405

Respond Time For Police Call

About An Hour (58 Minutes)

Police Stations

Closed To Public 16 Hours A Day

Violent Crime

5 X  Higher Than National Average

Murder Rate

11 X  Higher Than National Average

Crime Solving

Less Than 10%

Warning:

State Dept: Visit Afghanistan At Your Own Risk

Detroit Police: Enter Detroit At Your Own Risk

US CITIZENS

NO YES!

According to SIGAR’s 2-year bipartisan report, Contracting with the Enemy:

  • More than 80 percent of taxpayer-funded Defense Department contracts were vulnerable to direct funding of terrorists, including the Taliban.
  • $5 million was paid to contractors affiliated with the Taliban. (Afghanistan’s GDP per capita: $1,000 in 2011).

SIGAR’s July 2013 report says: The Defense Department is moving forward with a $771.8 million purchase of aircraft the Afghan National Army cannot operate or maintain. Anything Detroit needs?

A 2012 Associated Press report found that the Taliban could be using U.S. tax dollars to kill American soldiers. The U.S. military estimates that up to $360 million ended up in the hands of Taliban and criminal elements in Afghanistan over the past decade.

billion

ONE billion dollars. Afghanistan got 100 of these!

SIGAR says when security for aid workers is figured in, the total amount of nonmilitary funds Washington has appropriated since 2002 “is approximately $100 billion”—more than the US has ever spent to rebuild a country. That estimate came out in July. Since then, Congress has appropriated another $16.5 billion for “reconstruction.”

Meantime, those new schools America is building for Afghan kids: The UN says The Taliban have attacked, bombed, or blown up hundreds of them—more than one hundred just last year. Do I hear Republicans at the Capitol squabbling over NO Child/Every Child Left Behind, Headstart and school choice vouchers?

school

Taliban militants blew up this school in Afghanistan’s northwestern Faryab province, Qaisar district.2011

 Did you even KNOW about this SIGAR report? Outrage? NONE! You heard anything?

Healthcare for Americans…too expensive!!! If you want the US government to pay for your healthcare, go to Afghanistan…’cause Republicans are not going to care about wasted money…OVER THERE!!!

Back to Egypt, where the billion dollars in aid Congress approves for that country does not go directly to Cairo. According to CBS news, it goes to places like Archbald, PA.

131 people working at The General Dynamics factory there are earning VERY GOOD wages…on your dime! The factory makes parts for the Abrams tank…and workers are filling an order for 125 tank kits for the Egyptian Army…so it can shoot at more of it’s people, hopefully without the tank!

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The mayor says those jobs are “extremely important” to the community…and describes them as: “some of the best jobs we have in the community…the kinds of jobs that sustain communities and families.”

Hooah!

According to CBS news, there are 44 companies in Pennsylvania alone involved in making the tank. Other factories in Ohio and Michigan are helping out.

The lone voice in the wilderness…(no, NOT in Egypt’s Sinai Desert, but in the Outrage wilderness) is NOT Paul Ryan or fiscal king of Fiscality, Rand Paul.

Springborg

Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg calls the M1A1 Tank a weapon for show, not a weapon that the Egyptian military under any conceivable scenario is going to use in the immediate, near or even the distant future.”

Show or real – that tank is keeping Americans in Ohio and Pennsylvania living middle class lifestyles…and if you tell this bastion of Republicanism (Ohio 12 Republicans-4 Democrats in the House. PA 13 Republicans-5 Democrats)  that we need to cut waste, they reply:

“It impacts every community.”

They want the government to cut waste, cut spending everywhere else but in their back yard. Keep those fantasy, middle class lifestyle providing jobs that are subsidized by taxpayers – but cut food stamps for the poor, because tax payers should NOT, in fact CANNOT – continue to carry this burden!

A Senate panel voted May 2012 to authorize $631.4 billion in defense spending for the 2013 fiscal year…

CBS says they tried to speak with plant workers and General Dynamics but got nowhere…

This from Wiki:

The U.S. Army is planning to close the Lima Army Tank Plant from 2013 to 2016 in an effort to save over $1 billion; it would be reopened in 2017 to upgrade existing tanks. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), which operates the factory, opposed the closure, arguing that suspension of operations would increase long-term costs and reduce flexibility.

Specifically, GDLS estimates that closing the plant would cost $380 million and restarting production would cost $1.3 billion. If passed, a bill in the U.S. Senate from the first session of the 112th Congress would allocate $272 million in funds toward the plant to allow it to continue regular operations through 2013.

See what happens…to the plant, to Detroit, to programs for the poor when Congress returns from its recess in September and Tea Party Republicans TRY (are they still planning this)? to close the government over waste!!!

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