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April 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Pentagon budget overhaul

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The Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter plane is targeted for the budget knife

Money no longer going into black holes

Editor, The Times:

Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned of the growing influence of the military-industrial complex. Since then, it has become the No. 1 sacred cow, with anybody opposed to continued taxpayer-funded expansion branded with the worn epithets now made famous by our last Squanderer-In-Chief.

It’s time to put the brakes on the gravy train that makes defense contractors and their wealthy owners rich, but does nothing to help, and palpably harms, America’s security [“Pentagon proposes historic overhaul,” page one, April 7].

If this tax money were spent anywhere else — for example, on secondary education — there would be two to three times as many family-wage jobs created as are presently going into the black holes of the Pentagon and its suburbs. We would have more to show for it than abandoned missile silos and mothballed fleets, and executive yachts and exclusive, gated communities.

I am prepared to hear the members of Congress, D-Boeing and R-Boeing, attacking Defense Secretary Robert Gates for not supporting the troops. That is an insincere and well-worn path that will expose who is really running their campaigns on the donations of defense contractors.

— David Kerlick, Seattle

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