As the Senate debates next year’s Pentagon budget, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and other Pentagon contractors are hoping the F-35 isn’t under the spotlight.
The entire F-35 fleet was grounded due to an engine fire, making the F-35 a no-show at a high profile international air show this week. They’re also hoping nobody noticed Canada just hit pause on their F-35 purchase to evaluate other options.
Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and other Pentagon contractors are profiting off the taxpayer’s dime and funneling money into campaign coffers and lobbying. Even war hawk Senator John McCain describes the F-35 as the “worst example of the military-industrial-
They’re rigging the system so the F-35 wins and working families lose as vital programs like food assistance, infrastructure repair and education are slashed again and again.
So what could we have invested in instead of the most wasteful program in the history of the military? Our friends at Think Progress recently broke down the numbers and found that we could buy every homeless person in the U.S. a mansion, feed every schoolkid in the country or boost infrastructure funding needed to rebuild America.2