Friday, July 17, 2009

In Need Of Stimulus, Obama Would Axe 2000 F-22 Jobs 'To Save Money'


But what do you expect from an ultra-leftist radical who wants to decimate America's military and defensive capabilities?

On the one hand, they're spending trillions in a misguided (and, so far, worthless) attempt at stimulating the economy and "saving jobs".

But when provided with the opportunity to save 2,000 high-paying jobs and strengthen America's defensive capabilities by simply spending a relatively measly $1.75 billion for seven more of the most advanced air superiority fighter of all time?

They're blowing trillions of dollars on useless pork. But won't pony up a relatively mere drop in the bucket for something guaranteed to be stimulatory and useful?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who pushed for the extra jets and whose state would lose at least 2,000 jobs should the cap be imposed, said the debate is not just about job losses.

"This is a debate about the national security of the United States of America," he said. "It is regrettable the administration needs to issue a veto threat for funding intended to meet a real national security requirement that has been consistently confirmed by our uniformed military leaders."

Personally, I'd want Canada to order a bunch of F-22s to complement the F-35s expected to be ordered. Of course we need air superiority, too, especially now that Russia's threatening to occupy our Arctic to steal our resources. Either that or resurrect Avro, which proved that, yes, we can do it, by building, for its time, the most advanced interceptor in the world (which, unfortunately, was literally scrapped prior to production).