Can You Define “Wasteful?”

How Obama defines wasteful spending is beyond me. Let me see if I have this straight. Funding new tanker aircraft for the military is wasteful, but spending $3 Billion on a wasteful cash-for-clunkers program that does nothing for the economy isn’t. Buying F-22’s to ensure we have a fighter force capable of defeating anyone threatening our dominance of the air (such as China and a resurgent Russia who are fielding 5th generation fighters in large numbers) is apparently wasteful, while pouring billions of dollars down the black hole of a failed auto company only to give a majority stake in said company to the unions apparently isn’t wasteful. In summary, supporting and funding the one and only thing the constitution mandates the government to fund via taxes or other means (national defense) is wasteful in the eyes of Obama and the liberal left, while doubling the national debt of the entire history of this country in 6 months and plans to double it again within 10 years spending on wasteful social programs that mostly reward political supporters and only put our nation in more debt apparently is not wasteful to Obama and the liberals. Hope and change. Not quite all it was cracked up to be.

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http://www.airforce-magazine.com/Features/modernization/Pages/box081909obama.aspx

Inexcusable

Inexcusable

At VFW, Obama chides Congress over wasteful military spending.

August 19, 2009—President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his staunch opposition to funding what he calls wasteful military projects such as the F-22 and the F-35 competing engine.

In a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix, the President said it didn’t make sense to spend nearly $2 billion on more F-22s in Fiscal 2010—as the Senator Armed Services Committee had supported, but the full Senate later overturned—when the nation “can move ahead with a fleet of newer, more affordable aircraft,” meaning the F-35.

Obama also decried the ongoing attempts by Congress to fund the General Electric-Rolls Royce F136 engine for the F-35, the competing powerplant to Pratt & Whitney’s F135, saying it’s wrong to continue to invest in the F136 “when one reliable engine will do just fine.” (Defense Secretary Robert Gates also recently reaffirmed his desire to ax the F136, downplaying any purported cost and development issues with the F135.)

Obama continued, saying such “waste would be unacceptable at any time, but at a time when we’re fighting two wars and facing a serious deficit, it’s inexcusable.”

(Full transcript of Obama speech)

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