RE “ICE cream man vs. the Pentagon” (Page A1, Nov. 29): For decades Ben Cohen has worked alongside organizations such as ours to help the public and politicians understand that, as he says in your article, “It just doesn’t make sense to spend more money on things that are less needed, and spend less money on things that are more needed.”
We at Women’s Action for New Directions applaud that a businessman like Cohen stands up for a more sensible budget that serves our nation’s needs and reflects our nation’s values. In this current fiscal environment we are finding plenty of common ground across the political spectrum. No matter the political orientation, progressive or conservative, the reality is that we can no longer afford to waste dollars on over-budget, behind-schedule weapons systems such as the F-35 jet.
Spending on “politically engineered” programs without fiscal scrutiny and adequate safety and feasibility testing does not serve our security or our economy. Instead, we need security strategies and weapons that work to address 21st-century threats. We need jobs that are sustainable and will expand our economy for the long term.
For decades, our Massachusetts congressional delegation has argued for smarter Pentagon spending. Congress needs to understand that the time for fiscal discipline at the Pentagon is now.
Women’s Action for New Directions