Cancel this costly program

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Regarding The Augusta Chronicle’s article “Veterans turn out for job fair” (Nov. 12):

With the slow economy, young veterans are finding it especially difficult to find a job. The unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is nearly three points above the national average. Yet Congress has failed to stop automatic sequestration budget cuts that are decimating programs to train veterans for new jobs. Sequestration could even start to delay veterans’ medical benefits starting next year, which would make it even tougher for them to start their new civilian lives.

It’s difficult to watch Congress shortchange veterans while the Pentagon wastes billions of dollars every year on the unnecessary and unaffordable Joint Strike Fighter, with scant oversight and no accountability. The JSF is the Pentagon’s biggest program, costing $1.5 trillion – more than an entire decade of sequestration budget cuts. Taxpayers should expect a lot from any plane that costs that much, but the JSF is behind schedule, over budget and falling behind expectations; the Pentagon, however, has lowered its performance requirements twice for this underachieving aircraft.

Why continue to make excuses for a program that clearly is failing and costs so much? If budgets are really tight, we could cancel this program and fund numerous programs to help unemployed veterans find new jobs.

Anthony T. Hawkins

Washington, D.C.

(The writer is the national coordinator for the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust.)

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teaparty 11/22/13 - 07:56 am
(The writer is the national

(The writer is the national coordinator for the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust.)
And I believe nothing he says

carcraft 11/22/13 - 09:52 am
Well it was Obama's idea why

Well it was Obama's idea why not talk to him! I specifically remember P
Obama saying during the debates sequester wouldn't happen! Did Obama lie...again ?

deestafford 11/22/13 - 10:09 am
Anytime someone talks about cancelling a program seems like

a good idea at the initial blush. As to this fighter I like to know what our capability will be against the Chinese and Russians ten years from now if we don't get it.

If the program is cancelled, what would the letter writer want to do with the money going to it? Give it back to the treasury or put it in some favorite program? Before we give any more money to helping veterans, of which I am one, let's look at how much money is being spent on the numerous programs we currently have. Also, we should want to know how effective those programs are currently and what would more money be used for that is not being currently done.

You see, that is one of the problems with our government---the politicians always want more money for something without assessing what we currently have and how are the current programs working. There are never any questions about what would the additional moneys do that is not being done now. There is money stacking up on top of money for funding ineffective pet programs. I think there are 86 anti-poverty programs and we still have the same percentage of the population in "poverty" was we did when the "War on Poverty" was initiated over $3,000,000,000,000 ago. (For liberals, all those zeroes equal three trillion dollars). This does not count the trillions Obama is pouring on this dead horse.

KasparHauser 11/24/13 - 02:01 pm
History Sucks III

Yeah, like the backbones of our defense, the F-111/it's from Texas fighter, the A-12 Flying Dorito, the B-2/Gotta be kept in climate-controlled environment Hanger Queen, the F-117/can't fly in daylight/pretend fighter, the B-1/can't fit the electronics suite bomber, the F18/runs out of fuel nightmare, and the Space Shuttle, which the USAF cut-and-ran on.

News is the JSF isn't as agile as it claims (darn those small, stealthy wings), needs cameras to see behind it, and has limited utility to preserve it's stealthiness. That's in addition to how many years late and how many billions overbudget?

Corporate Welfare at its finest.

bubbasauce 11/24/13 - 10:49 pm
Very good comment Dichotomy

Very good comment Dichotomy and deestafford!

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