Monday, May 21, 2012
HAL ROGERS STICKS YOU WITH PAYING $17,000 FOR $2,500 HELICOPTER DRIP PANS!
"Kentucky Congressman Forces Citizens to Waste $17,000 on Each Helicopter Drip Pan "Monday, May 21, 2012 "Prince of Pork" Hal Rogers "Why would the Department of Defense spend $17,000 for a helicopter drip pan when it could buy the same component for one-eighth the cost? Because a powerful congressman wants it this way. "The pricey drip pan, which catches leaky transmission fluid on Black Hawks, is manufactured by Phoenix Products at their plant in Maceo, Kentucky. That’s the same state that elected Representative Hal Rogers, the Republican in charge of the House Appropriations Committee. "It is Rogers who was responsible three years ago for authorizing the deal with Phoenix Products. Known as the “prince of pork,” Rogers has been adept at funneling federal tax dollars to his home state to the benefit of the drip pan manufacturer and other companies. He once secured hauled in $7.1 million of taxpayer money to upgrade a half-mile strip of the street where he lives. "There is a less expensive alternative to spending $17,000 on the pans. But it resides in a different state, North Carolina actually, where VX Aerospace produces a pan for another type of helicopter (UH-46) for $2,500 each. "The owner of Phoenix, Tom Wilson, and his wife, Peggy, who is president of the company, have donated to Rogers’ political committee, while Rogers has helped Phoenix snag more than $17 million worth of federal contracts since 2000. -Noel Brinkerhoff" Yeah, that's pretty clever, getting the government to pay $17,000 for a helicopter drip pan that it could buy from another supplier for $2,500. I remember when they ued to worry about $350.00 toilet seats when I was in the armed services. I never imagined we'd see the government blowing $17,000 on a $2,500 helicopter drip pan. My Dad once said that "people get the kind of government that they deserve." I suppose he would say that the average taxpayer deserves to be paying $17,000 each for $2,500 helicopter drip pans. Vote for Stepp and end the $17,000 helicopter drip pan waste.