Re: Tories To Waste Billons On New Fighter JetsAug 18th, 2010
Well Canada has already invested 10 Million in the program and have pledged 150 Million for the F-35.
So guess what...you're buying them. Case closed.
Harpie is happy to cut stimulus-funding on programs that might not have actually achieved their objectives for no other reason than because they might go over budget, yet you're suggesting that he could never consider the notion of cutting the F-35 program after having spent only %0.0625 on it.
The way Harpie's head works now, if some stimulus-spending has been done on something like a community ice-rink, and the ice-rink gets 95% built, but needs a bit more to get finished, he's happy to say "no", and leave the community with a big eye-sore that's just sitting there not being used.
The point of stimulus-spending is to provide some short term jobs *and* result in something that has long term use, like the successful stimulus-spending program that was the Hoover Dam.
In the case of the ice-rink, for another 5% it becomes a useful facility (which means yes, it went over budget by 5%, but all of it was spent on job-creation, so that's not so bad) and the community gets something they can use for a long time, which means the 105% is all spent on job-creation *and* a long-term benefit is produced, whereas in Hapie's mind, it's better to spend 100% of budget, cut it off there, and have nothing but an eye-sore left as a result, which means the stimulus spending budget *only* produced short-term jobs but *not* the long-term benefit to the community... talk about a sense of false economy.
Given that Harpie's head works that way, what would be so out-of-character for him to cut the F-35 program after having spent only %0.0625 of the total cost? He has demonstrated that he has no problem spending money on things and then pulling the plug before it produces a result.
Besides... how much did the US spend on the F-22 before pulling the plug on that?
If Ottawa were to think anything like Washington, it definitely would *not* be "Case closed" and it definitely would *not* see a problem with pulling the plug.