Friday, October 8, 2010

Stupidity in the OLO

This is dumb. What upside is there to this? I think it shows a complete lack of understanding about how the "average" Canadian feels about different types of government spending. You will not get any traction (especially in flipping Manitoba!) attacking defence expenditures.

4 comments:

  1. You seem to forget that one part of Chretien's eventual successful was his opposition to Mulroney's sole-sourced military helicopter contract that was to wide public acclaim.

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  2. You're way off base here, Shiner:
    this is our biggest defense ever, & it's a really bad one: this is not a good plane or the right one for us: its costs have been skyrocketing,* it's already been so glitchy that its quality monitoring program has been de-certified, and only having one engine is too risky for the Arctic, esp. since that engine's already been grounded cuz of a risk of stalling from a software gltich,** and we're only getting at best a 75% return on investment in terms of development contracts, while Norway's holding out for 100% and Israel's getting about 175%.***

    * "the estimated average cost of each F-35 stealth fighter ...has jumped from US$50-million to at least US$92-million, with some U.S. estimates climbing as high as US$135-million." www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Turbulence+dogs+stealth+fighter+plane/3635451/story.html

    ** www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/lockheed-loses-pentagon-certification-of-f-35-cost-system-on-deficiencies.html

    ** www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/10/defense-jsf-grounded-100110/

    *** www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000583788&fid=1725

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  3. Yeah, when I talk to my grandma and uncles about what they want their tax dollars spent on, the first thing they say to me is "vertical take off stealth jets designed for the marines!". Then they say "and lets not bother negotiating for them either, lets just give Lockheed Martin a blank cheque for the future purchase and maintenance of the airplanes!"

    Yep. Steve Harper is sure in touch with Canadians.

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  4. Manitobans are cheap. And frugal. And stingy. And they don't like spending money. The 100 or so possible jobs versus the cost of the jets doesn't come anywhere near to adding up. They can figure that one out. Besides which, several industries have been sucking the govt tit for 2 decades and the Manitobans are getting pretty tired of it.

    SM in MB

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