Tony got to sit in a big stealth fighter jet this week. All thumbs up and toothy grins.
He told us we’re getting 58 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters!
“You just don’t know what’s around the corner.”
It’s going to cost $12.4 billion. That’s in addition to the 14 fighters we’ve already ordered.
But not to worry, he assures us, it’s not new spending.
It’s money we’d saved up, squirreled away and pre-destined for defence. So it’s fine, you guys, it’s fine.
Meanwhile, Joe busily drafts up the budget. Brace for cuts, he warns.
I’m so braced.
$12.4 billion is a fair chunk of money, isn’t it.
This morning I found $2.20 between the seats on the train and cheered out loud.
I added $1 of my own money and got a latte.
I’m still trying to figure out if that’s new spending. Or old spending. Or just spending.
I sigh a lot these days.