Washington Park Prophet on the aircraft carrier issue.
Substituting a larger number of Wasp/British carrier type ships, for a plan to maintain the status quo in the U.S. Navy is one issue being seriously considered by Congress. Building two, three or even four smaller “Harrier carriers” would be cheaper than building one full sized American CVN carrier, and the STOVL version of the F-35 called the F-35B which the smaller carriers would carry, is also projected to be less expensive than the simpler F-35C version designed for CVNs.
For what it’s worth, I’ve long been a fan of the light “Harrier carrier” concept, and I’d maybe even be willing to trade a big carrier for a couple of light ones. Maybe.