I’m not talking about eagles, hawks, and falcons. I’m talking about the F22 Raptor, one of the most advanced fighter jets currently serving. It seems Pres. Obama can find trillions of dollars for another economic stimulus package, but may discontinue production of the F22 for budgetary reasons.
It’s true, the government would save money by cutting the Raptor. But if the government wants my opinion (which it assuredly does not, but when has that ever stopped me?) it would save more money by cutting the federal welfare program. And the Department of Education. And the Department of Agriculture. And the Department of Health & Human Services. None of those are Constitutional last I looked. National defense is.
The estimated savings of cutting the Raptor would be $3 billion. That’s chump change compared to what some of the programs Obama wants to put in place would cost the country. How is it that we can somehow find trillions of dollars for an economic stimulus package, but not $3 billion to keep ourselves safe?
A certain Centauri ambassador once observed, “Vir, intelligence has nothing to do with politics.” And decisions like this prove him right every time.