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FACED WITH F-35 FAILURES, COSTS --  CONGRESS SAYS TO PUSH ON 

 

Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a
Tall man'll be over his head, we're
Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
And the big fool says to push on!
  -- Pete Seeger  

By William Boardman 

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WHAT IF ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL FITS NOBODY?

 

According to one of its supporters, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not "what our troops need," is "too costly " and "poorly managed," and its "present difficulties are too numerous to detail"." 

The F-35 is a case study of government failure at all levels -- civilian and military, federal, state, local, even airport authority.  Not one critical government agency is meeting its obligation to protect the people it presumably represents.   Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, who wrote the F-35 critique above, is hardly unique as an illustration of how government fails, but he sees no alternative to failure. 

Up for re-election in 2014 and long a supporter of basing the F-35 in Vermont, Leahy put those thoughts in a [1] letter [1] to a constituent made public March 13.  This is Leahy's most recent public communication since December 2012, when he refused to meet with opponents of the F-35 and his [2] website [2] listed a page of "public discussion" events mostly from the spring, including private briefings with public officials, without responding to any substantive issues.   

 

The F-35 is a nuclear-capable weapon of mass destruction that was supposed to be the "fighter of the future" when it was undertaken in 2001.  Now, more than a decade overdue and more than 100% over budget, the plane is expected to cost $1.5  trillion over its useful life, of which about $400 billion has already been spent. 

 

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