Raptor Needlessly Tears Through Defense Budget

Earlier this year President Obama announced in his defense budget that the US would discontinue its F-22 Raptor program. Despite this commendable shift in executive priorities, Congress continues to pour money into these air-to-air fighter planes, virtually useless in the so-called War on Terror (After all, there aren’t too many dogfights with Al-Qaida).

Jon Soltz, co-founder of Votevets.org and veteran of the Iraq war, took on this issue yesterday on Huffington Post:

"Congress is about to throw $369 million (on a down-payment of $2 billion) for a dozen F-22 fighter jets that even the Pentagon doesn't want. Oh, and the money for it? It's coming out of funds that were set aside to clean up dangerous nuclear waste in the U.S."

Check out Soltz’s full article here.

In tough economic times, we must be as fiscally responsible as possible with the programs we choose to fund. That doesn’t mean refusing to spend, but spending on relevant programs that promote the well-being citizens here and abroad. If we continue to fund the outmoded F-22 Raptor, we only further engorge the morbidly obese military budget.