Subways, not F-22's
Why do we need more defense hardware expenses? We are getting transportation cuts that further isolate Rockaway. The MTA wants money that the city can't chip in, because the State can't do its part, because of our massive National crisis and federal deficit. Is this the time to buy more hardware from defense contractors?
On April 6 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates proposed a bold defense budget that cuts spending.
It was good that Gates proposed to cut or reconfigure weapons which don't work or are based on threats that we no longer face. These systems don't make us safer, but clearly they make contractors richer.
I support the scaling back of a variety of programs including missile defense, the F-22 and the DDG-1000 destroyer. There are further cuts that could be made, but this is a start that should have the support of most of Congress. I support the effort to try to start turning the priorities around at the Pentagon.
I realize that the role of funding the military belongs to Congress. But it is not against the law or the Constitution to listen to the reasoned opinon of the Secretary of Defense. We want checks and balances but gridlock will not help Rockaway or anywhere else in the country.
Investing in mass transit and education creates twice as many jobs as investing in the military. This is the time for the A train spur to Manhattan. We can't ride to Manhattan on F-22s!
I hope that members of Congress will not attack Secretary Gates for not supporting the troops. This is an insincere and well-worn accusation that will expose who is really running their campaigns on the donations of defense contractors.