It is not surprising to see the military wasting money, but it is bizarre to see them doing so to get worse equipment.
We need national defense, but with the government in charge it faces challenges much like any other area of socialism. It starts out at least somewhat competent and it seems impressive. But as time goes on, everything degenerates.
Thus, this story in the Libertarian Republic, “America’s New $1 Trillion Fighter Jet Can’t Outmaneuver The Plane It’s Replacing.”
Yes, that’s “Trillion” with a “T.”
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which through its history has cost more than $1 trillion, just received a scathing review from one of its test pilots.
Earlier this year, on January 14, the F-35A flew with the F-16D in mock battle to test the capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). From the outset, the F-35 had an advantage, as the aircraft didn’t have to contend with weapons loading it down during flight, War Is Boring reports.
The F-16, on the other hand, was carrying two drop tanks, making it even harder for the older jet to compete.
But according to the pilot, “Even with the limited F-16 target configuration, the F-35A remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement.”
This is only the beginning of the military’s problems with this aircraft. For one thing, the Marines are forced to try to figure out how to fit this jet into their overarching strategy. Should there already be a need for the equipment rather than the equipment forcing the military to figure out a way to use it?
See, this is the thing about socialism—which, yes, does involve collective “national security” as much as breadlines. It looks better at the beginning when there is more money to spend and the people with integrity haven’t been moved out of office yet by the inherent forces of corruption. We spend more now (with debt) and we get less. This problem is only going to accelerate.
Since Obamacare was a disaster from the beginning, you may not understand how the rule applies. But remember that progressives (so called) constantly hearken back to the glory days when social security was first established. Or Medicare. Those earlier wealth redistribution programs were done when our economy was not saddled with nearly as much debt. The inefficiencies weren’t noticed because of the size of the programs. Later, with Obamacare, the spending is more obviously irresponsible.
But the other factor is increasing government incompetence. As lobbyists become more and more adept at influencing decisions, those decisions become more noticeably corrupt and self-destructive. The people who tend to attain and remain in high office are those who are better at functioning and enjoying such an environment. So we get a higher ratio of incompetent crooks to honest, capable men in high office.
The military using over a trillion dollars for a second-rate aircraft is an example of everything that happens in big government.