Rep confronts Secretary with bag of parts: Air Force pays $90k for bag of parts that cost under 100 bucks

US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall was grilled over a bag of bushings Thursday on Capitol Hill and it didn’t go well for the Biden administration official.

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) held up a bag of bushings that would reportedly cost you about $100 and asked Kendall to guess how much the Air Force paid for them.

“This, Mr. Secretary, is a bag of bushings,” the GOP lawmaker explained. “This bag of bushings is stamped out by machinists. Don’t need a high school diploma. Not anything high-tech about this. All of this bag is compliant with the FAA specifications. How much do you think the Air Force pays for this bag of bushings?

“I don’t know, congressman,” the clueless secretary replied, prompting Waltz to inform him, “$90,000.”

“This is a $90,000 bag of bushings that you need for any jet turbine engine just to operate,” Waltz explained. “So the exorbitant cost due to DoD only buying commercial parts from the OEMs (original equipment manufacturer), which is essentially sole source, is literally driving us out of business. The interest on our debt alone is now exceeding for the first time in American history the entire Defense budget. We can’t afford it anymore.”

With prices like that, is there any wonder the military-industrial complex is so powerful in America?

Here’s a quick sampling of other responses to the story, as seen on X:

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