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Few more reasons we can all know this is 100% pork for the GOPers:
1. We already have 4,500 Abrams tanks, but only 315 aircraft (102 C-5's and 213 C-17's that can lift the 150,000lb buggers. Getting them to a war is costly and time consuming and provides ZERO anti-terror benefits.
2. Keeping the Lima Tank Plant open so the private contractor/operator can continue to suck up huge guaranteed profits will run $3BILLION over the next 10 years. Shutting it down and then re-starting it (IF we ever do need more tanks designed to defeat the HUGE tank force of the USSR) would cost 26% of that amount - a maximum of $800Million.
3. While the only battlefield rounds that can defeat the M1 are depleted uranium, available to only a handful of armies, it can and has been blown up with large IEDs available to just about everybody. So, its GREAT for tank battles across the plains of Asia - not so hot for an insurgency.
In short, the only people who want this tank are the Neobaggers of Ohio and the only reason they want it is to shovel more money to their Uberrich owners.