Top o’ the list? The F-35 joint strike fighter.
This is one of the areas where conservatives need to come to terms with reality. Often “defense” is just a big, giant, massive works program for the defense industry. Money isn’t real in the Military Industrial Complex. A billion here. 10 billion there. We missed a deadline by years and in the process guaranteed ourselves jobs during those years? Whoops. Our bad. Sorry taxpayers. But look at this neat plane we’ve been working on, and working on, and working on.
Conservatives are often played for suckers on defense issues.
(From The Week)
Government waste, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s vital government investment or research project is another man’s boondoggle or government rip-off. Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) burnished his reputation as a deficit hawk by publishing an annual “waste book” of the 100 most egregious government expenditures — a document that is now being emulated by his successor in the Senate, Republican James Lankford of Oklahoma, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
“What I have learned from these experiences is Washington will never change,” Coburn wrote in his final report documenting what he considered $25 billion of wasteful spending in practically every major department and agency. “But even if the politicians won’t stop stupid spending, taxpayers always have the last word.”
The targets are limitless, as Flake documents in his new Star Wars-inspired waste book, The Farce Awakens.