A weapon that costs more than Australia
From the Atlantic, the U.S. will ultimately spend $1 trillion for 2,443 F-35 fighter planes. Where’s the outrage over Washington’s culture of waste?
Money is pouring into the F-35 vortex. In 2010, Pentagon officials found that the cost of each plane had soared by over 50 percent above the original projections. The program has fallen years behind schedule, causing billions of dollars of additional expense, and won’t be ready until 2016. An internal Pentagon report concluded that: “affordability is no longer embraced as a core pillar.”…
And it’s hard to square the military largesse with our rampant debt. Republicans want to slash billions from programs like early education, in Representative Jeb Hensarling’s words, to “save our children from bankruptcy.”
So where is the outrage at the F-35’s outlandish cost?
Some just don’t seem to care. When it comes to defense, Republicans are the champions of big government and massive expenditure. The F-35 is too big to fail.