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how about indulging yourself with a hot new Maserati? Yeah, it's got a
price that'll make you go blind – but, wow, this baby will flat-out fly!
if you only drive your Maserati down to the hardware store, it'll give you
awesome thrill and make you feel like a real stud, so come on – splurge. And
tell me you can't afford it. Just cut back on your kids' education,
your family's health care, and dip into your retirement fund. It's all
priorities, my friend.
think such extravagance is insane, you're obviously not a studly congress
critter. These free spenders have just voted to buy more F-22 Raptor
jets, a stealth plane that flies so high, so fast that it's called "the
of the skies." Price tag: a third-of-a-billion dollars per
F-22 is grossly over budget and plagued with so many technical flaws that
already produced cannot be used in combat. This year, for example, it
discovered that a pilot could not get the cockpit open and had to be
the F-22 was designed two decades ago to fight the Soviet air force – which no
longer exists. In fact, the U.S. already has such unquestioned air
superiority that there is zero need for this new Maserati, and even the Bush
White House opposes lavishing more money on it!
spurred by a pack of Lockheed Martin lobbyists, congress has thrown another
$38 billion of our money at this thrill machine. To add fiscal
to total irresponsibility, our lawmakers also eliminated the annual congressional
review of whether the F-22 boondoggle should continue, so now it has a
life of its own.
is Jim Hightower saying... This is $38 billion that's being taken from our
education, health care, and pension needs. It's all about priorities.
To help set them straight, contact Sensible Priorities: 212-243-3416.
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Posted December 08, 2006
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