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Pentagon Should Take Lead in Showing How to be Efficient with Taxpayer Money

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and a Professor of Finance at Stockton University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance and Economics.

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Congress might want to look at saving money, instead of finding creative ways to spend it. There are a number of problems with the current trajectory of spending in the federal government. Problem number one is that the current Congress is spending time to find ways to spend more money they don’t have without giving any consideration to making government more efficient to help offset the cost of new programs. Another problem is the growing debt that is approaching $30 trillion in total with this year expected to pile on more than of $3 trillion in new debt.

There are opportunities in military spending to implement policies that will be more efficient with taxpayer cash.

Many economists agree that the current federal spending spree is mind boggling. Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute estimates that the Biden Build Back Better proposal is likely to “cost nearly $5 trillion over the decade,” because of accounting gimmics like the “bill’s authors included a December 2025 expiration of the $130 billion annual expansion of the child tax credit to $3,000 per child (or $3,600 for children under the age of 6).” Dan Mitchell wrote for the Club for Growth “this massive spending increase will divert resources from the economy’s productive sector, and it will be partly financed by punitive, class-warfare taxes that penalize work, saving, investment, and entrepreneurship.” The bottom line is that spending is accelerating while the federal government largely ignores the debt crisis and makes little effort to find efficiencies in existing government programs.

Right now the government is running existing programs on a continuing resolution .That causes separate efficiency problems. The Continuing Resolution, (CR) is keeping current spending at large deficit levels for the next few months. Also operating under a CR causes inefficientcy in government contracting. The Pentagon is waiting to learn how much it will have to spend in this current fiscal year which puts all new contracting on hold. 

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Lawmakers want to spend $10 billion more in 2022 than they did in 2021 in Pentagon spending yet that increase is put on hold while Congress wrestles over a $5 trillion plan for new spending that will not protect America from China and other threats.The Defense Appropriations bill provides resources requested by the Secretary of Defense to protect our national security, maintain a strong industrial base to support good paying jobs, and counter the rising threats from our adversaries, including China,” Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro said. But the Pentagon can’t do that until there is an approved budget. 

The budget crisis doesn’t sideline plans to protect the U.S. and save money at the same time by creating efficiencies. 

Right now, the Air Force is working to replace its refueling tanker fleet. These aircraft serve the important purpose of conducing in-flight refueling from the tanker to the aircraft to keep our flying defenses airborn longer. The Air Force is in the process of developing a next generation tanker system in a decade or so. Until then, it needs about 150 “bridge tankers” to fill the gap. The good news is that it doesn’t need to spend anything to test them. It’s already invested more than $1.5 billion testing out the KC-46 Pegasus jet, and that plane is ready to do the job.

Unless the Air Force decides they want to embrace inefficiency by starting over with a foreign designed tanker, the European tanker, made by the French compay Airbus, is the only other plausible “bridge tanker.”  This is so because the Air Force has set out exacting parameters that only two manufacturers are in position to meet. The tankers must be based on “existing and emerging technologies,” for example.

For political reasons, “the Airbus alternative is getting a push in Congress from legislators tied to Alabama, where Airbus would send jetliners to be modified into a tanker configuration if it had a U.S. buyer. The Airbus tanker might be offered in concert with Lockheed Martin, which has a teaming arrangement with Airbus on aerial refueling opportunities,” writes military analyst Loren Thompson.

It goes without saying that it would be a waste of money to start flight testing a foreign plane when there is a domestic one that is already approved. 

The bottom line is the bottom line. The Air Force can have the tankers it needs to keep our fighters and bombers in the sky. It can have them at an affordable price, designed and made here in America. The KC-46 is the easy choice. Even if lawmakers are hesitating, there is no reason for the Air Force to do so.

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and a Professor of Finance at Stockton University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance and Economics. 

 

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Confidence in Biden Declines – Devastating New Poll Numbers | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )

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Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )
Topics:
1) Wall Street Journal Poll show cratering confidence on a majority of Key Issues – Voters favor Republicans
2) Rents are up 13.9% in a year as Inflation and Amenities drive up costs
3) Most Economists see Fed Bond buying program ending in March paving the way to raising interest rates to combat inflation
4) Cornell Professor Saule Onarouva, a radical educated in Russia and nominated for Comptroller of the Currency, withdraws her nomination after withering criticism
*Biden nominated a left wing radical to oversee bank regulation – Another sign of the far left shift in Biden’s world
5) Sen. Manchin warns of Inflation and is non committal on his support of the massive Climate and Social Spending $1.75T Bill being pushed by Democrats
*”Party Line Votes almost never succeed” – in push for bi-partisanship
6) Biden digs in threatening veto of bi-partisan Senate Bill to Nullify Vaccine Mandates while Appeals Courts continue to overturn his orders
7) Crime – Dozens of Bullets fired at SUV in Brazen Assault killing a 12 year old boy in LA
*Fox Christmas tree burns in NYC, man arrested
8) Kemp – Purdue tied in race for Georgia Governor – primary bid on Republican side
9) Biden and Harris Billboard in Wisconsin – Dumb and Dumber goes viral
10) Pfizer says its booster can protect against Omicron variant

https://rumble.com/embed/vntkos/?pub=4 Confidence in Biden Declines – Devastating New Poll Numbers | Schaftlein Report ———————– Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com ) Topics: 1) Wall Street Journal Poll show cratering confidence on a majority of Key Issues – Voters favor Republicans 2) Rents are up 13.9% in a year as Inflation and Amenities drive up costs 3) Most Economists see Fed Bond buying program ending in March paving the way to raising interest rates to combat inflation 4) Cornell Professor Saule Onarouva, a radical educated in Russia and nominated for Comptroller of the Currency, withdraws her nomination after withering criticism *Biden nominated a left wing radical to oversee bank regulation – Another sign of the far left shift in Biden’s world 5) Sen. Manchin warns of Inflation and is non committal on his support of the massive Climate and Social Spending $1.75T Bill being pushed by Democrats *”Party Line Votes almost never succeed” – in push for bi-partisanship 6) Biden digs in threatening veto of bi-partisan Senate Bill to Nullify Vaccine Mandates while Appeals Courts continue to overturn his orders 7) Crime – Dozens of Bullets fired at SUV in Brazen Assault killing a 12 year old boy in LA *Fox Christmas tree burns in NYC, man arrested 8) Kemp – Purdue tied in race for Georgia Governor – primary bid on Republican side 9) Biden and Harris Billboard in Wisconsin – Dumb and Dumber goes viral 10) Pfizer says its booster can protect against Omicron variant

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January 6th Committee Begins Another Criminal Referral for Top Trump Aide

Seems a bit desperate, don’t you think?

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Where once the Democrats worked overtime to prevent the world from discovering just how desperate they truly are, we now have a progressive posse that has no qualms about flamboyant flailing and unfettered fiasco.

This is most simply observed by keeping a keen eye on the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, who realize that their time is limited by the Democrats’ likely loss of control of Congress at the end of next year.  That development would almost undoubtedly see their committee dissolved, hence the reason for their desperate actions and frantic pace.

The latest sign of such a turn comes to us in the form of a criminal contempt charge for Mark Meadows.

Mark Meadows’s cooperation with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection appears to be over as quickly as it started.

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Just one week after the committee announced it had reached an agreement with Donald Trump’s former chief of staff to produce records and appear for an initial deposition, Fox News reported Tuesday morning that Meadows and his attorney were planning to notify lawmakers on the House panel that they could not reach an understanding on how to work together.

“We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Meadows’s attorney George Terwilliger told Fox News, explaining that Meadows had been willing to appear voluntarily to answer questions that he believed were not covered by executive privilege. However, Terwilliger said that over the weekend, the committee made clear it was also planning to look into material that Meadows considered privileged, pointing to a subpoena that had been issued to a third party for Meadows’s cellphone records.

The committee was unmoved by the argument, however.

“If indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution,” they said.

“Even as we litigate privilege issues, the Select Committee has numerous questions for Mr. Meadows about records he has turned over to the Committee with no claim of privilege, which include real-time communications with many individuals as the events of January 6th unfolded,” read the statement from Thompson and Cheney. “We also need to hear from him about voluminous official records stored in his personal phone and email accounts, which were required to be turned over to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Records Act.”

Meadows is the second Trump adviser to be targeted in such a way by the committee, with Steve Bannon’s contempt trial set to begin in July of 2022.

Where once the Democrats worked overtime to prevent the world from discovering just how desperate they truly are, we now have a progressive posse that has no qualms about flamboyant flailing and unfettered fiasco. This is most simply observed by keeping a keen eye on the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, who realize that their time is limited by the Democrats’ likely loss of control of Congress at the end of next year.  That development would almost undoubtedly see their committee dissolved, hence the reason for their desperate actions and frantic pace. The latest sign of such a turn comes to us in the form of a criminal contempt charge for Mark Meadows. Mark Meadows’s cooperation with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection appears to be over as quickly as it started. Just one week after the committee announced it had reached an agreement with Donald Trump’s former chief of staff to produce records and appear for an initial deposition, Fox News reported Tuesday morning that Meadows and his attorney were planning to notify lawmakers on the House panel that they could not reach an understanding on how to work together. “We have made efforts over many weeks to reach an accommodation with the committee,” Meadows’s attorney George Terwilliger told Fox News, explaining that Meadows had been willing to appear voluntarily to answer questions that he believed were not covered by executive privilege. However, Terwilliger said that over the weekend, the committee made clear it was also planning to look into material that Meadows considered privileged, pointing to a subpoena that had been issued to a third party for Meadows’s cellphone records. The committee was unmoved by the argument, however. “If indeed Mr. Meadows refuses to appear, the Select Committee will be left…

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