- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I want to congratulate The Washington Times for allowing William Hartung and Christopher Preble to point out that the Pentagon budget should not be used as a jobs program (“Defense spending doesn’t belong in stimulus plan,” Analysis/Opinion, Jan. 28).

I’d like to take it one step further. I think cutting the military budget would be good for our economy. I would argue that our tax dollars would be better spent on health care or school buildings rather than on hundreds and hundreds of overseas bases or the incredibly expensive, late and way overbudget F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Far more jobs would be created by weatherizing homes and government buildings or constructing mass-transit cars than by desperately trying to fix the V-22 Osprey or invent a strategic use for the Virginia-class submarine.

We should end the occupation of Iraq, scale down our nuclear arsenal and put the resulting savings into windmills and weatherization. It would be safer and more energy-efficient, and it would create jobs here at home.

STEVE COBBLE

Co-founder

Progressive Democrats

of America (PDA)

Washington

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