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NGOs Want F-22 Whacked

Two of Washington's best known taxpayer groups have written the Senate calling for the end of the F-22.

The Project On Government Oversight and Taxpayers for Common Sense wrote a letter calling for elimination of the F-22s that were added -- over the objections of Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain, the top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- to the 2010 draft of the defense authorization act. I have visions of Levin waving the letter at Sen. Saxby Chambliss and telling him the "people have spoken." OK, Levin is more likely to ignore the letter and argue that Congress should heed Gates and the White House in times of budgetary peril, but it's a nice image...

In the letter the two groups say that Congress would have to use “smoke and mirrors” budgeting to procure a fighter that Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to cut and the White House has threatened would attract a veto if they are included in the final authorization bill.

“Considering the extraordinary budgetary pressures our country is facing, wasting billions on unneeded weapons is unconscionable,” Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense said in a press release. “The Senate needs to step up to the budgetary plate and finally ground this multibillion-dollar boondoggle.”

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