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Sun Apr 28, 2013, 02:14 PM

Ohio politicians support Abrams Army tank that the Army doesn't want

Cross-posted from G.D. These are your representatives, Ohioans.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.

But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, "No thanks."


If there's a home of the Abrams, it's politically important Ohio. The nation's only tank plant is in Lima. So it's no coincidence that the champions for more tanks are Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Rob Portman, two of Capitol's Hill most prominent deficit hawks, as well as Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. They said their support is rooted in protecting national security, not in pork-barrel politics.


There are others who support this madness besides Ohio politcians, but I guess it makes sense the protest starts in the home district.

What I don't get: why can't they lobby to build something there that the Army needs?

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