by: the Common Constitutionalist
What will we tell our children and grandchildren? When they look us in the eye and ask how we could’ve let it get this bad and what we did to help prevent it?
Did we just stand by and watch as our governments, local, state and federal frittered away trillions of dollars on giveaways and boondoggle projects?
One such boondoggle project that comes to mind is that of the U.S. Navy’s “Great Green Fleet”.
Having been in the Navy and spent some time aboard a carrier, this is particularly disturbing to me.
Defending the nation is one of a very few things our government is actually constitutionally charged with. So it’s more than just upsetting when in February it was announced that the aircraft carrier Lincoln (CVN 72) would have to indefinitely postpone it’s refueling and overhaul due to budgetary constraints.
Great news! A carrier that is undeployable. Oh wait… make that two. The deployment of the carrier Harry S Truman (CVN 75) will also be delayed for the same reason.
Yet the Marine Corps can spend $350 million on solar panel field communications equipment. As with all dimwitted government programs, they have charming acronyms. The programs are called “GREENS”, Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System and “SPACES”, Solar Portable Alternative Communication Energy System.
As an aside, you know darn well that some bureaucrat thought up the acronym GREENS first, then just assigned words to each letter.
Col. Bob Charette said: “Solar is the best technology for us.” He explained that the Marines could lay the array on the ground to achieve a low profile.
Well, that all sounds great until the soldiers realize it can take up to 12 hours to recharge their equipment. “Wait, Mr. Insurgent, we are not finished recharging!”
Not to be one-upped, the Navy, or should I say the hacks in the White House that command the military, have been purchasing biofuel to power the “Great Green Fleet”. My goodness, how the Chinese and Russians must be laughing about this one.
In 2009 the Pentagon bought 20,000 gallons of algae oil. It was a bargain at $424 a gallon. They paid a mere $27 a gallon for 450,000 gallons of biofuel. Why pay $3.60 a gallon for diesel? Genius!
The grand theory of the brainiacs in Washington is these purchases will create demand, which will drive the price down to be competitive with petroleum products. But as long as the dolts in Washington are happy to pay 20 some bucks a gallon, the suppliers will happily oblige.
To make things worse, the Navy, Agriculture and Energy departments will “invest” $170 million each in bio refineries. That’s $510 million! Why? Because the private sector knows it’s a waste of time and money.
So when your children ask how this could’ve happened, you can assure them that it wasn’t due to projects like the “Great Green Fleet”. You can tell them, with a straight face, that it was a smashing success, a wise “investment” and we helped save the planet for you, little Johnny.