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Silly Reports Shouldn’t Save the F-35 — Opinion

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Judson Phillips

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It’s possible, even in Washington, to be in favor of defense spending without being in favor of wasteful defense spending. There was a time when the Heritage Foundation walked that line: it wanted more spending for necessary programs and people, but it understood that throwing money at failing programs was counterproductive.

“Eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse is an obligation of government, and rightfully so,” Heritage expert Lt. Col. James Carafano (ret.) wrote in 2008. “Washington should do everything possible to spend Americans’ tax dollars efficiently and effectively.” Exactly. Putting a stop to fraud makes more money available for efficient, effective programs.

Now, however, Heritage Foundation experts seem to be ready to back any program, regardless of cost or effectiveness. Take the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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“While it still has several rough edges, the F-35 has crossed several thresholds that make it the most lethal and cost-effective fighter in or nearing production within the NATO Alliance,” Heritage expert John Venable wrote this year. “The U.S. Air Force should forgo plans to buy the F-15EX and accelerate the acquisition of the F-35A.”

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Not to get edgy here, but “rough edges” is an interesting term to describe the failures of the F-35.
The program was unveiled in the 1990s during the Clinton administration as a next generation fighter. It was supposed to be able to replace planes flown by the Air Force, Navy and Marines, thus making repairs easier and procurement less expensive in the long run. But the price of the plane is just about the only thing that’s taken off.

“In 2014, the GAO found that the F-35 fleet would have operating costs 79 percent higher than the aircraft it was to replace,” Popular Mechanics writes. The magazine has been charting the F-35’s progress, or lack of progress, for years. “A 2015 Pentagon Selected Acquisition Report said that program costs had increased 43 percent from 2001, including unit cost (up 68 percent).” That would seem to counter Venable’s claim that the jet is “cost-effective.”

Meanwhile, as costs rose, the F-35 failed again and again. “The Department of Defense places strict limits on the amount of time a pilot can spend at supersonic speeds, in order to avoid damaging the aircraft,” Popular Mechanics adds. “F-35 program test officials had identified over 3,200 deficiencies,” the government’s own accountants wrote. Those include specific “specific instances where the weapon system either does not meet requirements or where the safety, suitability, or effectiveness of the weapon system could be affected.”

In 2019, Defense News reported that: “the plane still faced at least 13 severe technical deficiencies during operational testing, including spikes in cabin pressure, some rare instances of structural damage at supersonic speeds and unpredictability while conducting extreme maneuvers — all problems that could affect the pilot’s safety or jeopardize a mission’s success.”

The trade publication added that the jet was costing money, not saving it. “[T]he F-35s already delivered to squadrons have introduced new complications: On military bases around the United States, the high cost of operating the aircraft, a shortage of spare parts and a challenging new approach to updating the jet’s crucial software code have program officials and military leaders urgently looking for solutions.”

Here’s a proposed solution: Stop funding the money pit that is the F-35 and go back to purchasing less expensive weapon systems that actually work well.

Venable claim’s that the F-35 is the best “fighter in or nearing production,” is clever wordplay. But the reason it is true is that the F-35 was supposed to be the only plane in production at this point. Other aircraft lines would be retired. But they don’t need to be.

We could fund far better jets, including the next-generation F-15, and spend less to do so. But first, we must stop throwing money at the wasteful F-35. It’s time to ground this abusive fraud of a weapon’s program.

Judson Phillips has been a political activist since his teens. He founded Tea Party Nation and managed the first national Tea Party Convention in 2010.  In 2016, he was a national media surrogate for Ted Cruz in his presidential run. When not engaged in political advocacy, Phillips likes to spend his time with his wife and children and his three dogs.

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Stimulus Checks Will Go to Criminals & Illegals After Dems Reject GOP Attempt to Stop It

Dems: never doing the right thing, each and every day!

John Salvatore

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The Boston Marathon bomber will receive a stimulus check. And yes, it will be for the same amount that you will get. That’s not a joke. And he’s not the only criminal who will get it, either. Thanks for everything, Dems! Check this out, via The Daily Wire: Senate Democrats blocked an amendment by Republicans on Saturday that would have stopped taxpayer-funded stimulus checks from going to illegal aliens and incarcerated criminals. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (AR), Ted Cruz (TX), and Bill Cassidy (LA) offered an amendment on the Senate floor to block prisoners from being able to receive stimulus checks, which was blocked in a 49-50 vote. LOOK: https://twitter.com/TomCottonAR/status/1368282575576440834?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1368282575576440834%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Fcotton-covid-relief-bill-convicted-murderers-stimulus-checks https://twitter.com/TomCottonAR/status/1368285244416262145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1368285244416262145%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Fcotton-covid-relief-bill-convicted-murderers-stimulus-checks More from Fox News: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found this week that Biden’s coronavirus bill would add $1.862 trillion to the national deficit over 10 years, with the bulk of the new spending — $1.173 trillion — occurring in fiscal year 2021. Dems: never doing the right thing, each and every day!

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Donald Trump Goes Scorched Earth on ‘Disloyal & Very Bad Senator’ Lisa Murkowski

Say goodbye, Lisa!!

John Salvatore

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The GOP doesn’t need centrists in the upper and lower chambers. There are far too many liberals in Congress as it is. The left doesn’t need more votes. It’s time for RINO’s like Murkowski, Romney, Toomey, Cassidy, and Sasse to head on back over to the private sector. Donald Trump will do his best to soon make that a reality. From Washington Examiner: Former President Donald Trump will not be supporting Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bid for a fourth term. The former president announced on Saturday that he’ll be traveling to the Last Frontier State to campaign against Murkowski ahead of her 2022 reelection bid, according to Politico. CONTINUED: “I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse,” he said. “I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.” Murkowski, a centrist, has long been willing to split from the former commander in chief, as evidenced by some of her recent votes in the Senate. The Alaskan voted for Trump’s conviction last month on the House’s impeachment article of inciting an insurrection. The former president was ultimately acquitted. https://twitter.com/newsmax/status/1360763406677114886 https://twitter.com/AP/status/1360761311781662720 https://twitter.com/GriffJenkins/status/1360765053436313601 https://twitter.com/DailyMail/status/1360766719141302274 https://twitter.com/LAGOP/status/1360722297754177546?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1360722297754177546%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Frepublican-senators-vote-to-convict-trump-on-incitement-charge

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