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Obama Eliminates A-10 to Save $3.5 Bil, Orders $20 Bil Choppers to Fly Him Around

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 11, 2014 @ 11:29 am In The Point | 27 Comments

Nothing but the worst for our soldiers. Nothing but the best for Prince Barack I.

The Department of Defense awarded a contract on Wednesday to a Connecticut company that will build a fleet of helicopters to replace the Marine One fleet that ferries U.S. presidents short distances.

The contract, given to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, will cost an initial $1,244,677,064 ‘for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program.’ For that price the U.S. Navy will get six test aircraft and all the necessary research & development.

Adding in the likely $17 billion price tag for the new project – a number estimated by the Congressional Budget Office – the $20 billion total makes the fleet the most expensive helicopters ever built.

Do we really need test aircraft to fly a bunch of D.C. lawyers around? Does this really require any major innovation?

But nothing but the best for Barry. Nothing but the worst for taxpayers.

Maybe if the A-10 were fitted out with a wine bar, cushioned seats and a DVD player and assigned to ferry Obama on speeches to donors around the country, he would find the money to save it.

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