While the government remains shut down (well, 17 percent of the government) and certain Federal officials continue to go out of their way to create annoyances for American citizens, the Pentagon is sending brand-new, $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to “the boneyard” because it has no use for them.
Via FOX News:
A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News. The Air Force has spent $567 million on 21 of the planes since 2007, according to purchasing officials at Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Of those, 16 have been delivered — with almost all sent directly to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where some 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles, with a total value of more than $35 billion, sit unused.
Meanwhile, because of a lack of Federal funds, government officials allege:
- That a number of privately run businesses situated on public lands must be shuttered.
- People who own homes on public land may not access their properties.
- Parking areas around Mount Rushmore, The Grand Canyon and a number of other national attractions must be closed to the public.
- Open air monuments in Washington, D.C., need barricades.
Is there any reason to believe this is nothing more than an Obama Administration temper tantrum?