Skip to comments.GOP control of House could revive the F-22 fight
Posted on 11/13/2010 5:47:29 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The takeover of the U.S. House by Republicans could prompt a revival of the fight for additional funding for the Marietta-built F-22 stealth fighter, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey said Friday.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Marietta. AJC file This isnt just for the sake of home-cooking, but also for the sake of the country, Gingrey said in a telephone interview.
But Gingrey conceded that concerns over spending and the federal deficit could make the funding battle a difficult one. The planes have a price tag of $120 million each. We would have to look at it with a very, very sharp pencil, he said. It would take some negotiating.
Suggestions from the debt commission, made public this week, may hold some possibilities A three-year freeze on federal pay and a 10 percent reduction of the federal workforce are things that really get me excited, the Marietta congressman said.
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Not the first time a Republican has put the Defense of the Nation a Priority
It would free up some money if they freeze all federal workers salaries for as many years it takes to make them paid like the private sector.
@ 120 mil/each, that’s almost two birds for each day Obama traveled overseas.
But we need to cut spending. Now is NOT the time to find things that Obama cut and say "Let's bring that back! It's only a few billion!!"
We have nukes. If a war starts while we take a hiatus from strong defense spending, I say we use 'em.
At least one assembly line for the F-22 has already converted to the F-35. I’m sorry, it is a nice aircraft, but we need to let it go.
F-22=JOBS... its that simple.
Cut spending elsewhere, like the department of education, the post office the department of redundancy, department...
The cost of Obama's trip last week would have funded 16 aircraft.
Just ground Mooo-Shelle saying no more trips period! You can buy 24 aircrat over the next two years with the trips she didn’t get to take shopping and touring at our expense. / sarc
All federal employees? Including the military?
Besides I think that the idea is to cut spending and reduce government, not switch current spending from one area to another.
What about those who say the Department of Education and the Post Office = JOBS. It's that simple for them, too.
"Jobs" are a terrible reason to build the F-22. We might as well pay people to dig ditches and fill them back up again if that's the reason.
National defense, on the other hand, is a perfectly valid reason - and the *only* valid reason - to build them.
Thanks for the ping.
The F-22 could be kept alive WITHOUT undue cost, if Congress would allow LM to sell it to our NATO allies, and Japan and Korea.
CommieCrate Congress deliberately prohibited F-22 exports, even to our most trusted allies. Why?
The technology in the F-22 is too sensitive. We cannot sell it.
Russia is proposing to develop their 5G fighter jointly with India, so a lot of the technology is going to be out their.
If you are talking avionics and flight control, these components can be made vanilla version for export.
It seems possible that a cost reduction program could also help take the bite out of cost.
I’m just suggesting, since I haven’t worked on F22 and don’t know any relevent details.
72 additional F-22s, upgraded to latest standards would be very useful.
The AF has purchased enough F22’s for the time being. We can't put more eggs into that 500 million each basket. Instead of stimulus spending I would have much preferred the money be spent on defense, but now we are out of money to spend and cuts are necessary.
The national debt is killing us more effectivly than any foriegn military can right now. It is our number one national security issue. The focus needs to be on cutting the debt.
The congressman feels he can "pay for" the extra F-22s with cuts to other programs, but there are two problems with that. The first is that if he actually attempts this, then the movement to cut earmarks and pork is dead already, because if he gets his pet project brought back from the dead, then all cooperation is off the table for other cuts to anyone else's pet project. Second, if he can pay for this project with budget cuts in other areas, then we can also not spend the money at all and reduce the deficit even more.
How do military salaries and benefits stack up against the private sector? I don’t know, but as an anecdote, the people I’ve known who were in for a while seemed to be doing quite well vis-a-vis their neighbors. The GI Bill could certainly be too generous. Our servicemen are (generally) great folks, but in the current environment they might also be overpaid, just like any other government employee.
Jimmy Effin' Peanut Farmer did it to me when I was in the military.
Double digit inflation, our dollar plumeting, making living in Europe even more unaffordable, and good old Peanut D!ck says "let us set the example by holding the line on military wages."
The F-22 will be in the next Congressional budget like I’ve been saying for over a year now...since I’ve known the Dims would lose Congress.
$120 mill sounds a little low. The numbers I’ve heard that Rand has put together have stated that to restart production and build another 75 planes would come in at over $200 mill per copy. Heck, a guy can spend a day seeing India on that kind of money.
we need to keep it on the back burner for the time being with the understanding that it will be produced again some day. perhaps they can call it the phoenix then ? It’s the baddest fighter jet of all time and it’s ours. You don’t let that go. You improve upon it.
I wonder how much money we would have for F22s if we pulled out of Korea? Japan maybe?
The US needs to have a presence there to deter North Korea and China.
Unfortunately, thanks to the Democrats and Obama... the F-22 production line was shut down.
So to get it back up and running would cost quite a chunk of change... on top of the cost of each extra fighter.
Well, a starting GS-1 makes $17,803 (pre-tax).
That’s pretty close to Wal-Mart wages already.
Here’s the 2010 GS pay table:
Here is the 2010 military pay chart. Mind you, this is for people whose job is to potential *DIE* for you.
(the table shows monthly salary, not yearly)
Honestly in the grand scheme of things our fighting forces are of 2ndary important to our nuclear arsenal. If we can’t preserve and upgrade our stockpile and their delivery systems(missiles) it really won’t matter what fighter jets we got.
So why should we resume production of the F-22 just because it means jobs? Shouldn't the private sector be generating those as well?
Yeah, but the UFO guys keep switching them off or retargeting them in the silos; Ours AND the enemy's.
Canceling the F-22 and eventually building the lower performing, lesser capable F-35 only makes sense. We should surrender our superiority now, rather than use it when we need it, like the good little one world progressives we should strive to be.
After all, why have an assault weapon when a slingshot will do the same job? Besides, assault weapons make people feel uncomfortable and that's just wrong. Haven't learned anything from the lessons our history has tried to teach us?
Just noticed your user name. heh heh
So...it's up to the government sector to create jobs by buying weapon systems that the Pentagon may or may not need?
It is up to you and me to see that the government stays prepared.
Nobody knows what we need until the war breaks out.
Right now we don’t have enough of anything for any war.
And I wouldn’t mind having my own F-22 :-)
We’re broke. We have to make choices. I would choose to leave Asia and use the savings to focus on the middle east and the F22. South Korea can defend itself. If they’re worried about defending themselves, we have lots of weapons they can buy to help. We’re wasting money and resources in Korea. I would further suggest that neither is it in our economic interest “to deter North Korea and China”. The more agressive they become, the more weapons we sell.
1) we’re not that broke
2) North Korea already has nukes but we should focus on a bunch of cave dwellers in Toyota pickups?
3) We don’t need the F22 to fight the taliban. The F22 is to deal with countries with a developed air force....such as North Korea and China.
First off: You need to add in a *lot* of other benefits beyond basic pay rates to get an accurate picture of real compensation. Second: It’s a voluntary force. Nobody out there now lacked the opportunity to consider the risks and do their own cost benefit analysis. Where can you get a better deal right out of high school? And third: Nobody’s dying for me in the Middle East—I’d call them all back tomorrow rather than waste any more blood and treasure on that cesspool. When we pull out, as we eventually will have to, they’re going to run right back into despotism.