Lockheed, America’s Biggest Welfare Queen

-Ryan Dawson
Last Year Lockheed got 32.5 Billion dollars from the US tax payers. Let that sink in. This is nearly as much as what the government allocates to the State Department. It is well more than what many other federal agencies get. Lockheed is the new East India Tea company. It is so big it might as well be a state. This corporation also benefits from the foreign aid to states like Israel which is where it jointly built its most expensive project to date the F-35 which has costs more than 1.5 Trillion dollars to produce. The fighter jet doesn’t even work as well as previous jets. There are a long list of problems with it. F-35b Fuel Tank redesign, problems with : Software delays, lightening protection, flight control problems, helmet display issues, avionics processors, thermal management systems, ejection seat assemblies, cockpit display electronics unit, seat survival kits, igniter-spark in the turbine engines, and even the on-board oxygen generating systems. (The oxygen problems  the pentagon reports as “pilot physiological events,”) There are problems with the tires, landing gear, in fact it the tailhook is not even compatible with US carriers. The Automatic Logistics Information System or ALIS doesn’t work. The F-35 has also been grounded for electrical problems.   You could not find a more creative way to waste $1,500,000,000,000 and counting. This doesn’t even include the cost per unit, or maintenance, that’s just the production cost. Oh and the stealth doesn’t work… on a stealth fighter jet. The stealth coating has even been found peeling off and the repair crews have been hospitalized from dealing with it. They were not allowed to tell the medics what it was made out of because of the secrecy. One thing it can do is something it is not supposed to do and that is spy on our allies. Are these problems just hiccups from the past that have been straightened out? No, in Jan of 2018 the pentagon reported that half of the F-35 fleet was grounded for tech problems!