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Marine Corps’ King Stallion Helicopter Costs a King’s Ransom to Taxpayer (Opinion)

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President Donald J. Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is important to maintain. He was spot on when he advocated dialing back the costly nation building of the past. Using the resources saved from investments in Iraq and Afghanistan infrastructure to invest at home is an issue that helped launch Trump into the presidency. It is consistent with the Trump Doctrine to not make unnecessary expenditures on military hardware that is overpriced and unnecessary.


The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter will cost an already hurting taxpayer a King’s Ransom. That is too much of a burden during these troubling times.

Our nation just breached $26 trillion in national debt and this year has proven to be a year with record spending according to Forbes citing the Congressional Budget Office. To make sure our nation does not go bankrupt, we are going to have to find savings in every aspect of the federal budget. The Pentagon provides for the national defense, yet there are opportunities for tens of billions in savings if the federal government becomes smarter with acquisition strategies and to makes sure they are spending money on hardware that will make America safer. Some ideas don’t seem to be subject to any cost benefit analysis.

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One aspect of the rebuilding of America is to be smart about how the Pentagon allocates resources. There is a swirling controversy about the United States Marine Corps (USMC) plans to purchase the super expensive CH-53K King Stallion helicopter. This vehicle was designed for deploying Marine troops forward in a war, because the designs allow for heavy lifting of heavy equipment, and troops, in a desert terrain. The scenario where these specialized helicopters would be used to air drop in Marines and equipment seem not to be likely to happen any time in the near future, because these seem to be offensive weapons that allow for the movement of heavy equipment and troops over 100 miles quickly to establish advanced base operations. These were not available, nor necessary, during the Iraq and Afghanistan initial war efforts, yet the American military imposed stunning victories in a short period of time. It is hard to find a scenario where the tens of billions in investment will return a better national defense than we have now.

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One of the biggest problems with the plans to deploy these helicopters is the excessive cost. According to a Popular Mechanics in a story titled, “Meet the Helicopter That’s More Expensive Than the F-35,” the cost will be approximately “$31 billion for 200 helicopters.” The report indicates that ‘between March 2016 and April 2017, the total acquisition cost of the helicopters rose 6.9 percent” and “each CH-53K will now cost $138.5 million, up from $131.2 million one year ago.” That is too much for a helicopter.

Think about it this way, if my budget is $20K for a car, I am not going to go out and purchase a million-dollar Ferrari racing car. I don’t need a car that goes that fast, even though I would love to have one, nor do I need to drive to and from work in a luxury car. Yet the Pentagon has gone out and designed the Ferrari of helicopters and they want you to pay for 200 of them. It makes no financial sense to buy 200 of them, nor will this fleet of luxury helicopters enhance national security.

Rational minds at the Defense Department have looked at more inexpensive alternatives for the CH-53K King Stallion to provide a mix of tools that will work on the battlefield. The Pentagon is actively entertaining the idea to dial back the number of King Stallions and acquire modified CH-47F Chinook helicopters maintained currently by the Army that are smaller and have a lower lift capacity to provide a mix of helicopter capabilities. Having diversity in the Marine helicopter fleet makes sense, because a fleet of 200 King Stallion helicopters seems one dimensional when we have no idea the challenges the Marines will face in the next ten to twenty years.

President Donald J. Trump’s America First policies are popular. The taxpayers have already paid a King’s Ransom to get the economy back on track, more spending on unnecessary aircraft seems inconsistent with the Trump Doctrine on foreign policy and a recipe for taxpayer revolt.

Edward Woodson is a lawyer and host of “The Edward Woodson Show,” which airs weekdays on WZAB Miami, streaming online at EdwardWoodson.com.

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Schaftlein Report: Liberty University CEO Summit Headed by Dr. Ben Carson

Guest Dave Brat joins Mark to talk about Liberty University’s CEO Summit Event

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Guest: Dave Brat – Liberty University Dean, School of Business (Liberty.edu/CEOSummit) – CEO Summit event August 10-12 Topics: 1) CEO’s from around the globe to gather at Liberty University 2) Goals and Objectives of the Summit 3) Rents up 11% YTD and Inflation running at 5.4% outstripping wage gains 4) Infrastructure bill still being written, almost $600B of additional spending within a $1.2T bill – Agreement at hand according to Sen. Schumer and Sen. Portman 5) Democrats still going to push $3.5T bill on “human” infrastructure – Another Entitlement with no Republican support – Status uncertain 6) CDC loses much credibility as recommended Mask Mandates return even for the Vaccinated folks. Why? *Sen. Cruz rips policy “No mask mandates, no vaccine mandates, no lock downs, no school closures” *Break through cases increase 7) Seattle rebuilding its Police force after losing 250 officers while crime surges up 33% this year 8) Chicago Police Chief blames the courts for early release of violent criminals for crime surge 9) The Border is out of control. Human Sex Trafficking soars. I have a real time report from New Mexico *Biden administration says to not use the term “Illegal Immigrant” 10) House Democratic margin falls to 3 votes after TX Special Election win by Jake Ellzey beating a Trump candidate 11) Biden approval hits a new low at 46% while 52% Disapprove *26% Strongly approve while 42% strongly Disapprove resulting in -16% – That is bad

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Justice Department Hints at Trouble for States Engaging in Election Audits

They don’t want other locales getting any ideas from Maricopa County

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In Arizona, an ongoing and auxiliary “audit” of the 2020 election results has kept proponents of the “Stop The Steal” movement on the edge of their seats. These folks believe that there were major, fraudulent issues with the electoral system itself, and they believe that a reexamination of the processes and networks involved in counting the vote will provide enough evidence to force Congress to act. Some may even have found themselves wondering if an end to the audit might come just days ahead of Mike Lindell’s “reinstatement day” prediction of August 13th – providing a bit of confluence to some of their theories about the future of Donald Trump’s political career. The Justice Department, on the other hand, isn’t too thrilled about the idea of these audits spreading to other states, and they’re flexing a little of their electoral power to keep other locales from getting any ideas. The Justice Department on Wednesday issued another warning aimed at states conducting or considering audits of ballots tallied in last year’s election, reminding election authorities that allowing ballots to be mishandled can violate federal law. While the Biden administration “guidance” document carries no formal legal weight and may not strike fear into local officials, the Justice Department used the release of the legal analysis to press their campaign of saber-rattling against Republican-led audits of the 2020 vote in Arizona and other states, as well as voting changes many GOP-controlled states are pursuing as part of purported anti-fraud efforts. Then came the mobster-esque verbiage. “Jurisdictions have to be careful not to let those ballots be defaced or mutilated or lost or destroyed as part of an audit,” said a Justice Department official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. “This document puts down a marker that says the Justice Department is concerned…

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