Monday, April 03, 2006

It's logical

The F/A-22 fighter, nicknamed the Raptor, is being billed by the Air Force as a new chapter in the annals of air power, the most technologically advanced warplane ever built, a stealthy flying antenna that can capture enemy intelligence as it drops smart bombs while soaring at 1,000 miles an hour. 

At the moment, the Raptor costs $258 million apiece. That is far more than any fighter jet ever built, nearly four times the cost in today's dollars of the price tag originally advertised by the Air Force, and about five times the cost of the F-15, the plane it will replace. 

This price tag does not include the millions it takes to train just one pilot to fly it. Please don’t get me wrong … The Raptor is a very cool looking plane, and my Grandfather was a Navy carrier pilot. However, this kind of expense is totally screwed up.

A box of food that will feed a whole family for a week costs roughly $50.00. There are so many unfortunate families in this country alone, that donations fall far short of the need. For the same cost as ONE Raptor, we could send 5,160,000 boxes of food out to the hungry families of this country. The vast majority of them include young children

I know … I know … the box of food can’t fly 1,000 miles and hour, and it can't shoot medium range AMRAAM and sidewinder missiles. Yes ... it also doesn't have a M61A2 20-mm Cannon. However, for those of you saying “… but the plane is SOOO cool”, I give you a quote which might hit home.

"As a matter of cosmic history, it has always been easier to destroy, than to create."
Capt Spock - The Wrath of Khan


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