They would have no one to sell their products to NOW, but that is changing. They are slowly shifting from an export economy and are increasing their internal consumption. Think 30 years from now, not next week.
Hence the term "Back in the day", it was designed to be an all weather interceptor from the start, which was later pressed into ground support. You could not do the reverse for something like the A-10.
We haven't dumped the F-22 for the F-35 as they are two different roles. F-35 is designed to be a multi role aircraft, the F-22 is air superiority only. Back in the day there was a phrase for the F-15: "Not a pound for ground", the same applies to the F-22.
HopefulIntern writes: The MPAA's answer to the blackouts today are that they are "dangerous" and "irresponsible" and "an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today". That is a bit rich, isn't it?
RobinEggs writes: Since Slashdot's editorship see fit to post relentlessly about SOPA, but do not see fit to actually take an editorial stance or participate in the blackout, I thought we should at least get a thread in which to discuss the blackout as it unfolds and share with one another the best blacked-out sites.
My favorite so far is from TheOatmeal; their page has a good, simple explanation of the problem and explains it through their normal medium.
Don't forget that SOPA isn't officially dead until the end of the year, even if Eric Cantor has 'tabled' it for the moment. Write your congresspeople. Be heard. Make sure they never come back to this thing while they work for you.
And while you're writing letters to your congresspeople, write slashdot's editors and ask why they haven't done something about SOPA themselves. They buckled for scientology when that 'church' threatened the existence of slashdot, explaining their motives and urging readers to write their congresspeople; why won't they take the same public stance on something that threatens the entire internet?