We Need Common Sense Oversight On Big Government Projects

Monday, December 16, 2013

Re: Roy Exum: Woeful Care Of Veterans 

Thanks for your recent column on the poor state of veterans’ health care. But your column neglected to mention how sequestration has hurt veterans and troops over the last year by furloughing staff at on-base health clinics and cutting job training programs.

Instead of cutting funds for veterans, Congress should exercise some common sense oversight on big government programs that are clearly failing to deliver. A good example is the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter. A defense watchdog group recently discovered that the program is riddled with flaws. Military experts have been disappointed with its slow speed and poor maneuverability. Yet the JSF is expected to cost a shocking $1.5 trillion, making it the most expensive defense contract in history and a colossal waste on the order of the Air Force’s infamous $7,600 coffee maker from the 1980s. 

Canceling such waste just makes good fiscal sense. It would also leave plenty of funds left to improve veterans’ services.

Dr. John Charles Logan, Jr.
President/CEO
Logan Communications, Inc.
United States Army
Private First Class
Vietnam Era.
January 1969 to November 1969
Honorable Hardship Discharge

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