October 23, 2018
Talking about corruption in America is taboo.
Its one of those taboos that no one even knows is a taboo because there’s no one trying to ban or censor talk about corruption because no one is really interested in that thing/has grown up in a high trust society and seemingly forgotten that it exists.
Other countries talk about corruption a lot. Every other day, there’s news and people are complaining about how a government contractor was overcharging and is now only getting a few years in jail and how corruption is a problem and blah blah blah.
You don’t get that in America. Probably because the US government has an abundance mentality. Furthermore, they see egregious offenders like the military as a means of propping up the economy. Keynesian spending basically. Doesn’t really even matter what it’s even spent on.
Like, say, $1300 cups.
It doesn’t really matter how much the military spends when the main purpose of the military is to hand out government contracts to private contractors like Lockheed Martin who then employ Americans who wouldn’t have jobs otherwise in key swing states with Senators and Congressmen who go to Washington to basically lobby for these handouts to go to companies like Lockheed Martin.
One thing is for sure: a lot of people are getting filthy stinking rich because of this system.
The Air Force, under fire for throwing down $1,280 apiece to replace in-flight reheating cups after their handles break, is pledging to use 3-D printing to get that replacement cost down to 50 cents.
But Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is still wondering why these pricey water heaters are necessary in the first place, and plans to keep pushing the Air Force to find cheaper ways to warm up their coffee.
The cups, which plug into outlets on cargo planes to reheat liquids such as water or coffee, have a faulty plastic handle that easily breaks when the cups are dropped. And because replacement parts for the cup are no longer made, the Air Force has had to order a whole new cup when the handle breaks.
In an Oct. 2 letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Grassley said that 25 replacement cups, each costing roughly $1,280 each, have been bought this year alone, for a total of roughly $32,000. The 60th Aerial Port Squadron at Travis Air Force Base in California spent nearly $56,000 to replace broken cups over the past three years.
If this happened in any other country, people would call it corruption.
But when it comes to the US, and the US military more specifically, the word is conspicuously left out.
And, America is a rich country, so I suppose it’s whatever. No one really cares.
But I think people are going to be in for a rude awakening about the US military. How often do we hear that America outspends all the other countries in the world on its’ military and that’s why it’s #1?
Does investing in $1,300 cups prove that your military is #1?
This whole “US military #1” thing is a psyop. It’s a form of propaganda to try and demoralize anyone who might think about opposing the US government.
But there’s no reason to get fooled by high price tags. No reason to fool yourself into thinking your enemy is invincible when really, he ain’t all that.
Methinks that we might soon find out that the US military is the biggest paper tiger/white elephant in world history.
That some contractors and politicians got very rich, but that it did very little for the US military.