Budget Slices

Though Republican leaders of the new Congress have promised to revive funding for Star Wars, the antimissile defense system has long been derided as a military-industrial boondoggle, a locus of Pentagon waste and trumped-up test data. But now some "positive" news: the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization at the Pentagon reports that the $30 billion the U.S. has already invested in Star Wars has generated a new type of plastic that will keep home- delivered pizzas "hot and crisp for two hours." Americans will eat roughly 8 billion pizzas this year.* That works out to $3.75 a pie.

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