Hey, superpatriots, don’t get your lapel pins in a stew. I’m talking about waste, not veteran health care benefits, okay?
I’m talking about the plan to purchase extra F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft in order to throw some pork barrel the way of defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
“The issue is urgent because Lockheed’s production of the top-of-the-line, radar-evading aircraft must start shutting down in 2009 unless Obama decides to buy another batch,” writes Reuters.
Urgent? So what if Lockheed Martin’s production of the aircraft starts shutting down? I mean, if the U.S. government doesn’t need the F-22 Raptors, it doesn’t need them. What’s good for Lockheed Martin is not the same thing as what’s good for the country.
George W. Bush’s own Secretary of Defense argues that the aircraft are no longer relevant to current U.S. military need – and he’s got a really good point.
These aircraft cost $143,000,000 each. Given the huge budget deficit and the need to redirect spending to where it will actually improve America’s economic infrastructure, like in renewable, clean sources of energy, I’d say that the F-22 Raptor should be the first to go, and the entire military budget for spending on non-human resources ought to go under review.