Rushville Republican


August 21, 2012

Less government waste or job saving - which do you prefer?

RUSHVILLE — Dear Editor:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his speech upon departing the presidency, warned against the growing power of the military/industrialist complex, wherein the military and those producing military materiel were working hand-in-glove, each feeding off the other, at the expense of the taxpayer.

A situation now exists that is directly opposed to that one-hand-feeds-the-other threat.

The following information is taken from a story in the Indianapolis Star which emanated from an outfit called The Center for Public Integrity. I know nothing about this group, but the story appears to be straightforward. The following summarizes the main points to conform to space limitations.

The situation presented is that a large factory in Ohio is fighting to retain contracts to refurbish the M1 Abrams tank, which has been in service for decades. The Pentagon, contrary to their record of spending money without recourse to good sense, does not want this expensive refurbishment done. They declare they have more tanks than they need; in fact, Pentagon officials stated, "these are tanks that we don't need."

The Army already has more than 2,300 M1s deployed with U.S. forces around the world and roughly 3,000 sitting at a remote military base in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. It is highly unlikely that any of these tanks will ever be used.

The Ohio factory says that the Pentagon's proposal to stop the refurbishing of the tanks "would idle a large factory in Lima, Ohio, as well as halt work at dozens of subcontractors in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other states."

It's pertinent to mention that the Abrams tank manufacturer, General Dynamics, "has pumped millions of dollars into congressional elections of the past decade" and continues to do so. Naturally, they are very opposed to the Pentagon's plan.

Here's the conundrum: Should the Pentagon/government/taxpayers/you spend several billions of dollars doing work that serves no useful purpose in order to retain jobs?

There are citizens and political candidates who preach incessantly against wasteful government spending; they are equally vehement about retaining and/or creating jobs.

Okay, here's a situation where one can't be on both sides, although politicians will attempt to fence straddle. I don't know the answer, perhaps you do. If so, I welcome your input to

I suppose in a perfect world, those factory workers turning out an unwanted, unneeded product could be somehow transferred into producing an actual desired product, thereby eliminating the government waste and preserving the jobs.

But I don't see this happening.

Best regards,

Norm Voiles

Resident of Rush County; native of Decatur County

Text Only
  • The best years of your life

    As people age they often look back to fondly recall the best years of their lives. Natural timeframes are the college years or that certain age before the daily grind of work and family take over the bulk of the day. Associations are to being carefree with limited responsibilities, a light and airy existence.

    August 13, 2013

  • Ziemke: My Summer Homework

    Even though session has been out for a little more than a month, the General Assembly still has much work to do. I had a brief break where I got to go home and mow the lawn, spend time at my restaurant, the Brau Haus, and attend a few festivals in addition to continuing to work on constituent concerns. The time has come for work on summer study committees to commence and I’m ready to get back at it.

    June 28, 2013

  • Mauzy: Rush County: The hope and the despair

    Moments arise when hope and despair briefly intersect. During these emotional overlaps, it’s a toss-up as to which energy will win even though we desire the best. Two recent high-profile events present the overlapping calamity often noticed in this community.

    June 28, 2013

  • Asbestos awareness is an important topic

    Dear Editor:
    My father, sister and husband all died because of asbestos. Now my brother has asbestosis. I set up my website because of the death of my husband to let people know of the dangers. It was the first website designed by a person on the internet at that time instead of by lawyers. The stories are to honour those effected by asbestos and to make sure they are never forgotten. I had just finished the last sentence when I heard of Janelle’s death.

    June 27, 2013

  • Proposed parade route

    Dear Editor:
    I see room for compromise on the 4th of July parade route. Up Main Street to 5th Street then take 5th Street to Harrison Street to 11th Street.
    Gene Monroe

    June 26, 2013

  • Barada: Good advice for parents and college students

    This week’s column is more for the parents of kids about to head to college than unsolicited advice for students about to go. Why? Because kids going away from home, some for the very first time ever, can be an even more traumatic event for the parents than for their children!

    June 25, 2013

  • Stop the student loan interest rate hike

    The key to a great life is a good education. But paying for a college education is tough. Many families are taking out second mortgages. Some are putting-off deserved vacations. Others are telling their kids they just can’t afford to attend the school of their choice.

    June 19, 2013

  • Mauzy: Recent graduates are free to explore

    Two weeks have now passed since Rush County Schools released new graduates from a state required academic curriculum.

    June 18, 2013

  • Parade should be on Harrison Street

    Dear Editor:
    There was good reason for not moving the parade back onto Main Street after the third lane was rammed through: we learned Harrison Street is a better route for both the participants and the spectators.

    June 18, 2013

  • Barada: The right people in key places

    For the first time in years, this community has exceptionally good people in key places within organizations involved directly with helping make Rush County a better place in which to live!

    June 18, 2013

Featured Ads
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.