The debate (if this can be called this) over the possible use of a Bearcat Military Vehicle in Concord is an example of what happens when political activists get involved in anything.
The truth usually gets buried.
Case in point.
The activists are all yelling and screaming “The militarization of the police.” accompanied by various pump and dump agendas by the Department of Homeland Security.
I don’t think so. But I oppose this Bearcat in Concord for one simple reason: cost $$$.
But I’ll talk more about that later.
I’ll start with a story I read in the Wall Street Journal about a large Pentagon order for M1 Abrams Tanks that was placed about two years ago, I think it was for 150 tanks and the manufacturing facilities were in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Well, to make a long story short the Army and Marine Corps stated they didn’t need any more tanks and wanted to cancel the order. The members of Congress from these districts feared the loss of jobs with no tanks being built and opposed the efforts to cancel the order.
A political compromise was struck.
Since the assembly lines would be running anyways instead of building M1 Abrams Tanks they’re now building this Bearcat type of vehicle while hundreds of jobs have been preserved.
It’s my understanding that most of these Bearcats are actually being given or sold to police agencies in places like Iraq, Afghanistan even Morocco and a few are finding their way into other areas like police agencies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
So Concord is applying or considering applying to get a $275,000.00 Bearcat from the Federal Government.
So what if they do? …..
My concern is not the vehicle itself and the reason(s) for getting it but what it will cost to maintain the vehicle on a yearly basis and how this will be ultimately borne by local taxpayers in Concord.
A taxbase that is already stretched very thin.
My guess is that it will cost about $20,000.00 a year in fuel, preventative maintenance and heated garage space just to house the Bearcat. I’ve not calculated the cost of training hours, actual use or any of the money used for the personnel that use the Bearcat. Where is this money going to come from?
I don’t think Concord can afford a Bearcat even if it thinks it may need one.
And actually they might need one.