Republicans expand government yet again: U.S. House Backs $696 Billion Bill Boosting Fighter Jets, Troops, (Spends even more than Trump wanted)

Who cares that we have no enemy that can project power beyond their own backyards (or ponds)? Let’s spend spend spend. This is small government Republicans for you.

Constitutionally speaking we are supposed to have a DEFENSE not a global domination machine. But military spending is good for the members of Congress because it’s a way for Republicans to dole out taxpayer money without getting hammered. For some reason Republican leaning voters do not get that the military is big government too.

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‘Price tag is the only thing stealthy about the F-35’: scathing new report tears the F-35 to shreds

A great headline from Yahoo.

Yes indeed, the F-35 is a troubled weapons system. Billions and billions and billions in taxpayer money and still, it’s not broadly operational. At least not operational at a level that justifies the cost.

Really, at this point we should be producing drone fighters anyway. Drones aren’t as romantic, but they cost less.

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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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