Peter Worthington makes a good point today about the controversial new F-35 stealth fighter-bombers that the Harper Conservatives are so desperately keen to purchase.
Aside from the fact that these expensive toys will cost anywhere from $16 to $30 billion, which works out to $500 to $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Canada; or to put it another way, $16 to $30 per year for every single person in the country for a period of 30 years… although the cost could actually be higher, so let’s say $40 a year per person for 30 years or so…
Where was I? Oh, yes… putting aside the actual cost, why do we even need these things in the first place? Sure, they look cool, but what imaginary “enemy” are we defending against with these stealth bombers?
Couldn’t that money be better spent on beefing up our Coast Guard fleet and investing in search-rescue helicopters? You know… stuff that might actually be useful and may have some potential benefit for people.
By the way, whatever happened to all of those “slightly used” Leopard 2 Kampfpanzers we purchased from the Dutch and Germans several years ago for half a billion dollars (not including the hapless “CF upgrade” program that cost… well, who knows what?) I believe that a handful of these useless behemoths were eventually deployed in Afghanistan… What the heck are the rest doing? Apart from rusting, that is.
When so-called “Conservatives” talk about “fiscal responsibility” as they’re stealing lunch money from the poor (so to speak), I like to bring these kinds of things up.