Determining how to allocate our federal budget is a difficult dilemma that Congress must wrestle with each year. How to fund all the necessary request for expenditures, I am sure, keep our elected representatives up at night. They must balance the need to cut taxes on the job creators, pay farmers not to grow crops, supplement oil companies, send millions to foreign governments and then split what is left over between improvements on homeland infrastructure and as handouts to people who don’t want to work.
Of course that is all after funding our military with an amount larger than the next ten militarized countries combined.
But we can be properly proud of our newest military weapon - the F-35 Money Pit, also known as the F-35 Stealth Warplane.
The research and development of the F-35 has so far cost $400,000,000,000 (four hundred billion dollars – more than double the initial cost estimate,) The aircraft are turning out at a price of $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars) each; and it is estimate that by 2035 (according to Popular Mechanics) there will be at least 3000 flying worldwide.
It is something else to be proud of that the US pays Lockheed Martin for the research and development of an aircraft that Lockheed Martin can then sale to other foreign governments – spreading the technology around the world.
Of course we must justify this expenditure in order to be able to carry out stealth air wars across the world. We obviously need this aircraft to protect our homeland – because if we don’t attack them over there we will have to fight them over here; or mushroom clouds or some such… that is if some deranged nation decided to attack the country that has stockpiled enough nuclear weapons to destroy the entire world.
It makes you feel sorry for Canada, doesn’t it?