Fact of the Week
Fact of the Week
On 10 January, the President signed into law the "Department of Defense and Emergency
Supplemental Appropriations for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on
the United States Act, 2002." Included in that Act was a provision for the Air Force
to lease, rather than buy, 100 tanker versions of
the Boeing 767 aircraft. Under the terms of the lease, the federal government will
pay $20 million per year per plane. But it will also pay $30 to $60 million per plane
during construction to convert the plane to military use, then $30 million per plane
at the end of the lease to convert it back. The Office of Management and Budget
pegs the overall cost at $26 billion. By comparison, purchasing the planes would cost
between $15 billion and $22.5 billion, and the government would own them even after
10 years were up. So much for fiscal prudence.
House Conference Report (look for Section 8159);
Enrolled version of bill.
Our Picks for Links of the Week: 13 January 2002
Our favorite resources on the 11 September attacks and their aftermath
This Week's Links:
Click here for lots of information on Enron!
Huey Freeman, American Hero: In many American newspaper, the protagonist of The
Boondocks is the only consistent voice of dissent (John Nichols, The Nation).
Indian General Talks Bluntly of War and a Nuclear Threat: For now, it mostly
a war of words in India and Pakistan (Celia Dugger, New York Times).
America's Most Unwanted Turn to the Law: Prisoners in "supermax" jails are
seeking legal relief from inhuman conditions (Julian Borger, The Guardian).
The Clock Ticks as Democrats Stumble in the Fog: The Democrats can afford to
be incoherent, but they cannot be timid (Matthew Miller, Los Angeles Times).
Compassionate Conservative vs. Enron Conservatives: Enron Conservatives use
money and connections to make themselves unaccountable (Arianna Huffington,
Land of Plenty Turned into a Dust Bowl at the Hands of al-Qa'ida: Self-sufficient
communities are now destitute and lacking any intrastructure whatsoever (Kim Sengupta,
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