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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:53 AM

Socks and Congress

If an ad in a local newspaper said i could buy socks this weekend for $2.00, I'd head down to the store. When I pick up the socks and go to the register they ring up as $5.84. What should I do?

The very next day another ad in another local newspaper said i could buy these very same socks this weekend for $2.00. I pick up the socks and go to the register and they ring up as $7.04. What should I do?

I would cease buying socks from these assholes; $12.88 is not $4.00, even using Republican math.

Congress, in it's infinite wisdom, said "damn, that's expensive" and promptly ordered another dozen or so socks for $5.00 dollars each. (From this day forward socks now cost $5.00.)

Here's the thing about socks: they serve their intended purpose when you put them on your feet. I don't need to buy additional things to make the socks work; they just do.

In this fable, socks are littoral combat ships. Multiply the numbers by one million. Instead of paying $200 million dollars for each of these 'wonders' we are now paying $500 million dollars (half a billion dollars) each.

And the best part about littoral combat ships is the mission modules are not completed AND the crew size is too small.



NOTE: LCS 1 cost $584 million dollars delivered with no mission modules. LCS 2 cost $704 million dollars delivered with no mission modules.


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malthaussen Nov 2012 #1

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:32 PM

1. The problem is, you have the mission definition wrong.

The LCS is outstanding at accomplishing its mission, which is to allow the politicians to line the pockets of their handlers. It is at least as good at this as the F-35.

-- Mal

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