Yes, indeed, Congressional House Head Honcho John Boehner believes in cutting the budget and making it real lean- but not in his own backyard. In 2001, the Pentagon agreed to buy 2,886 F-35 fighters for a cost of $226.5 billion. Per plane, that is a whopping $79 million. The project has dragged its feet and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates now says, “Fuhgeddabout it.” No chance, because Johnny Boehner is going to foist it on him for the great reason that the GE Rolls-Royce contract provides 1000 jobs in Ohio. Meanwhile, costs are rising and the planes are now an ionospheric $116 million each. You can do nice things with that money but, don’t worry, you already are since the cost of all this comes out of the taxpayer’s pockets.
Attached to this project is a second engine bamboozle because you never know when the first engine will fall off. However, it will never pass the House thanks to a Tea Bagger effort to reduce more spending. At last, they do something good.