This jet fighter is a disaster, but Congress keeps buying it (VIDEO)

This is an excellent explanation of how the military industrial complex works. (Or doesn’t for the American taxpayer.)

Kudos to Trump for putting pressure on the defense contractors. He should keep the pressure on. Particularly when it comes to the F-35 which is a giant overpriced works program for retired military. The littoral ship fleet needs close examination also.

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Tweet: Trump suggests an upgrade to F-18 Super Hornet in light of F-35 cost overruns

The F-18 is a beloved jet. The Navy might be happy with this. Always better to have 2 engines over the open ocean than just one. (The F-35 has a single engine.)

How one creates a “comparable” version of the F-18 seems quite a challenge to say the least. Trump’s challenge might keep Lockheed a little more honest however. (This is of course relative. We are talking about Boeing and the defense contractor game here.)

In reality we should probably be asking whether we should even have human pilots in the next generation of fighters.

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The House of Representatives Just Fashioned A Heavily Overspending, Pork-Filled Defense Bill

No one in Washington really seems to care about reining in the size of government. (There is a tiny minority.) The Dems want welfare and corporate welfare. The Republicans want corporate welfare and “defense” spending. There is no real effort to save money for the taxpayers. And the thing is many supposed small government “conservatives” give “defense” a pass on spending. Much of the military is chock full of boondoggles. Anyone who has been around the military (and I am a Navy brat) knows this.

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Both Sanders and Clinton have received more money from defense contractors than any GOP candidate

Surprise!

We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.

(From Politico)

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,

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