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Deficit concern only goes so far

Mike Pompeo, a GOP candidate for Congress in 2010, correctly applauds Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback in a commentary on today's Opinion page for opposing funding for an alternative F-35 plane engine that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other defense officials say is not wanted or needed. But he neglects to mention that Roberts and Brownback also voted to continue the production of F-22 fighter planes that Gates, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and top Air Force leaders say they also don't want or need. Deficit concerns apparently only go so far when Kansas companies have a piece of the pie.