Jim Galloway over at the AJC brings us the news:
The U.S. Senate just approved a measure to strike increased funding for the Marietta-built F-22 Raptor.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss led the support for the purchase of seven additional stealth fighters, forming an alliance with Democrats from states whose economies would be affected by the vote.
The vote was marked by a cross-party flow. John McCain (R-Ariz.) allied himself with President Barack Obama, who promised to veto the defense spending bill the extra F-22 spending were not removed.
Two of the more notable votes against extra spending were John Ensign (R-Nevada) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) sided with Chambliss.
My quick take is that you’ve got Republicans desparate to show they can cut spending on something coupled with Dems who generally show military spending as an anathema, despite their rhetoric on throwing money to any project that could hire anyone quickly. Apparently the dems are too busy celebrating “working people” to care about the few thousand rich folks over on the assembly line in Marietta.
We’ve covered here before that the F-22 has never had the largest political fan base in either party, despite that the plan has parts built in almost every state. But I still find Obama’s insistance on killing this program interesting in light of the fact that is employs thousands in high paying, high tech jobs.
Will be interesting to see how the loyal union members over at Lockheed Marietta choose to blame for this. Got to wonder how that “Hope & Change” is working out for them. I wonder if ACORN pays the same wage and benefits as Lockheed. At least we know they’ll be guaranteed a minimum of $7.25/hr if they can find new work.