If the Council votes to block the planes from being based in Burlington, that won't kill the $1.5 trillion F-35 taxpayer ripoff by itself. But it will set a crucial precedent. It will prove that the F-35 is politically vulnerable.
What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.
At the very time when state governments are cutting back aid to low income women and their children (thanks to sequestration), the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars.
These risks are very real. Identity theft continues to morph and evolve in complexity and gains even greater traction with more organized criminal enterprises as their crime of choice. So you can imagine my frustration when I read the article in Consumer Reports.
Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.
To be fair, the Air Force did request some C-130s. Thanks to Senator McCain, the Government Accountability Office did a study of how many more C-130s the Air Force requested between 1978 and 1998. The answer: Five. How many did Congress add on? 256.
It seems to me that the DOD would've been a heck of a lot better off if it built its own weapons, than turning the design and manufacture over to private enterprise companies, whose main purpose is to make money.
Amid Pentagon pontification about sequestration cuts to defense spending and their supposed deleterious impact on national security, it turns out that the department of defense has no clue at all about its own fiscal outlook.
While the president's plan does not go as far as it could or should in scaling back the Pentagon's spending plans, he has drawn a clear distinction between his approach and the one proposed by candidate Romney.