President Barack Obama loves to spend money and rack up debt on things which make little sense to most Americans. For example, money spent on bringing in more refugees from Syria, funding the businesses of illegal aliens after they’ve been deported, and providing Iran with $150 billion is downright stupid. But what is most baffling is where he cuts spending. Case in point: Obama’s budget cuts are depleting the Marine Corps, especially the aviation service.
Fox News reports that budget cuts prevent the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet. There are 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, but only 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Marine Corps.
Only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.
President Obama has seen to it that U.S. military spending has dropped from $691 billion in 2010 to $560 billion in 2015. The cuts came just as the planes and helicopters were returning from more than a decade of war. To make matters worse, many highly trained mechanics left the Corps for higher paying jobs in the private sector.
Ten years ago, Marine Corps pilots averaged between 25 and 30 hours in the air each month. Fox News reports that Chinese and Russian pilots fly more hours each month than Marine Corps pilots.
Today, there are 30,000 fewer Marines than there was in 2010. This is due to Obama’s downsizing of the military.
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