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Monday, February 14, 2005

Smart Spending?

At a time when we have outrageous federal spending and an enormous federal deficit, the Administration still manages to waste money on experimental missile defense systems that cost about $85 million per test. Today another one failed when the interceptor missile failed to take off from one of the Pacific Islands. During the Reagan era there was another attempt at a similar system, Star Wars it was dubbed, and it was a dismal failure that cost taxpayers an incredible amount of money. To its credit, this system is 5 for 8 in its attempts, but this is the second consecutive failure under almost identical circumstances. No new date has been scheduled for another launch. Everytime there is a failed attempt it means a big setback and another chunk of money is needed to keep funding the program. Why do we, as taxpayers, have to put up with this? Is it not more sensible to use this money to fund police officer pay, border patrols, education, among other things?

U.S. Missile Defense System Flunks Test(AP)

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