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Kit
- 413 days ago - org.credoaction.com
The F-35 is the poster child for what's wrong in Washington. At an outrageous cost of $1.5 trillion, it is the most expensive weapon program the world has ever seen. Even worse, it doesn't work as intended



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:46 am
Photo Credit: www.lockheedmartin.com -

Petition Target: United States Congress:

The F-35 is the poster child for what's wrong in Washington. At an outrageous cost of $1.5 trillion, it is the most expensive weapon program the world has ever seen. Even worse, it doesn't work as intended and funnels money away from other priorities needed to fight 21st century threats and strengthen America. Yet Lockheed Martin and an army of lobbyists are determined to protect their cash cow and record profits by pressuring Congress to keep the F-35 alive. The F-35 is a bad deal for America and it's time to stop it.

Why is this important?
With politicians across the country calling for budget cuts, American taxpayers are being asked to keep spending billions of dollars a year on one of the most wasteful programs in the history of the military. Rather than cut the F-35, some in Washington continue to insist that we cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, slash domestic investments, and balance the budget on the backs of the students, veterans, and the middle class. That is simply a bad deal for America.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapon program in history. To purchase, operate, and maintain the jets is estimated to cost $1.5 trillion over the life of the program. Each jet will cost nearly $160 million just to purchase and the US is currently planning to buy 2,457 total F-35s.

Originally conceived to fight Soviet fighter jets, the F-35 is nearly useless against the security threats of the 21st century (terrorism, climate change, cyber warfare). Even worse, the F-35 doesn't work. Its development has been plagued by design flaws, technical failures, and a host of other problems that mean even under the best circumstances, the F-35 is years away from meeting minimal operational standards.

Yet Congress and the Pentagon are pushing forward with plans to keep buying more F-35s - broken planes that they know will require billions of dollars in repairs before they can ever be used in combat. The very same politicians rushing to slash social security, privatize Medicare, and defund nearly every agency of government are insisting that we continue full speed ahead on the F-35. And with an army of lobbyists at its disposal, Lockheed Martin - maker of the F-35 - is fighting hard to make sure nothing changes.

Even in the best of times, this wouldn't make sense. With millions of Americans still out of work, the middle class being crushed, and an economy in dire need of recovery, this is insanity.

Our members of congress know that the state of the social safety net will be a critical issue in upcoming elections. If enough of us speak up to our elected officials and let them know that we want them to end the F-35 program instead of gutting social security and medicare, they'll know that letting that this insane weapons program continue will prove politically costly.

Rather than throwing good money after bad, Congress should not spend another penny on the troubled F-35.

REFERENCES:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/26/the_jet_that_ate_the_pentagon
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2013/03/20130306-air-forces-f-35a-not-ready-for-combat.html
http://nation.time.com/2013/06/03/the-new-era-of-good-f-35-feelings/
http://digital.vpr.net/post/f-16-architect-calls-f-35-combat-turkey
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/30/2004668/congress-in-battle-over-f-35-program.html


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Beverly M. (85)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:47 am
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Kit!
 

NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:06 am
s/s, ty Kit
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:28 am
I think I've signed, but will try again. This is a perfect example of the dangers of the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about. Going back to Gates' time, it has not been in the President's proposed budget but gets put back in by Congress--definitionally the Pork the GOP swore they wouldn't do every bit as much as the bridge to nowhere that was far less expensive and a one-time budget item. Where are the GOP voices of so-call fiscal conservatives decrying this waste and the media blitz that bridge got?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:57 am
Your action has been submitted.
Shared on FB, thanks Kit
 

Carrie B. (306)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:38 am
Signed and noted. Thank you Kit.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:59 am
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Constance F. (433)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:59 am
thank you ~ Your action has been submitted.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:14 am
It was highly lauded by the Harper government that Canada should purchase these. I don't think so. You're right Kit. It doesn't function properly it it functions at all and is so far over budget that it would be suicide to proceed with it.
The standing joke was that the Black Hawk chopper just wasn't fast enough for Peter McKay's fishing trips.
 

Ben Oscarsito (339)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:24 am
Done!
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:26 am
N&S. Ty
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:32 am
Thanks.."DONE IN A HEARTBEAT!
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:43 am
Signed, thx Kit. I have posted in March to defund this thing but I guess they just love wasting money too much.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:04 am
Signed

Canada also has a plan to buy some F-35s which is totally unnecessary. There are technology issues with the units on top of being unnecessary. Something that the Rt disHonourable Stephen Harper wants in his Christmas stocking, and for his own self agrandissement.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:13 am

It's been wrapped back into the budget, not the president's budget. Porky Pie!
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:13 am
Signed, thanks Kit.
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:50 am
signed shared to facebook
 

Mike M. (53)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:15 am
N&S More stupidity from those tat can only respond to their masters call
You're Almost Done!

Your action has been submitted. Now multiply your impact by telling your friends.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:21 am
Kit, no matter how it trickles down, it's all the President's budget. Like giving in to buy more drone missles, the Penatagon squealed, why? With sanity, the Commander in Chief will see reason....
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:29 am

Allan, you know exactly what this is - black mail. I'm not going to defend the drones, one would have to be nuts to do that, but at least they do function, some thing that can not be said for the F-35.
 

Nyack Clancy (437)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:35 am
I'm not a NUT to defend the drones- I think they should dump the drones and stick to the old fashioned atom bomb. The Pentegon never squealed on that, so it must be ok..
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:45 am

If there is one thing the United States just doesn't have it's weapons. Right!
 

Monica T. (294)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:52 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit
 

Nyack Clancy (437)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:08 pm
That is true Dr. Strangelove- we MUST protect "our precious bodily fluids"!

lol
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:13 pm
Your action has been submitted.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 1:44 pm
Not just bad for the US but for Canada too. Signed.
 

Sharon F. (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:23 pm
Congresspeople who vote for this should be voted out of office. The bloated, incompetent, rapist military does not need anymore expensive 'toys.' The $ should go for infrastructure. Do you want to be on the next bridge that collapses???? Enough nonsense, dammit.
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:24 pm
Well, there you have one thing the government is good at. They are masters at wasting money!
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:47 pm

Well of course, it's the only qualification needed for higher office, the desire to waste taxpayer money. If governments were only paid by saving money, things would be very different. That does not mean cutting projects that do not affect the Congressional district, but saving real money. Still running the government, doing what is needed in the modern world and save not just cut willy nilly.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:00 pm
Your action has been submitted. Now multiply your impact by telling your friends.

Thanks Kit. You're right Kit, things would be much different, but when it comes to money they have no common sense since they know that as long as there are taxpayers to bleed dry there will always be an endless supply of money to waste. What a revolting thought.

 

Lois Jordan (56)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:04 pm
Very gladly signed. Noted. Many thanks, Kit!
 

Ellen Kent (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:44 pm
Signed/Sent
 

Betsy Bee (1061)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:45 pm
Signed. Thank you.
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 5:40 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:14 pm
Signed and noted
 

Ros G. (91)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:38 pm
Thanks Kit..signed with pleasure..Australia has been caught up in buying..expensive lumps of metal as well..submarines come to mind..and no funds left over to have them working properly...this crazy war machine has to be dismantled but it has to happen in America first..your money will get wasted.
 

Alan Lambert (93)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 1:55 am
Signed and Noted.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 4:07 am
Signed and Noted!
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 4:10 am
S&N
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:09 am
You're Almost Done!
Your action has been submitted.
 

Nancy C. (798)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:32 am
ty, signed several regarding this. sh/fb
 

. (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:47 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Kit. The president shouldn't be spending this much money to defend us.
 

Robert B. (57)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:04 am
A trillion dollars wasted and yet we don't take care of the wounded soldiers who come home. We don't have universal health care. We don't have functioning schools in poor areas. We don't want to pay a fair wage to workers. And our congress and Senate is ok with this???!!!!
 

Lona Goudswaard (70)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:34 am
I'd like to sign but can't, US only.
The trouble with this whole development is that the US is not doing this on their own, but have dragged a lot of (western) countries into some sort of joint venture, promising a lot of jobs, the chance to assist in the development of new technology and a 'cheaper' fighter. The Dutch have opted in despite heavy opposition and are now paying the price. No jobs to speak off, hardly any new technology we can share in, the price of the test-plane still rising despite the additional billions we had to pay, only more failing technology to show for it, the planes they're going to replace falling out of the sky because of the delays and the forewarnings that the F-35 are going to do the same.

Our government says that we're under so much pressure from the US that we can't bail out, it would cost us billions we don't have. But we haven't got the billions to pay for the order either. And the US can't bail out because if they did, they would be sued of the planet by the other countries who were suckered in.

Some stalemate, don't you think!
 

Hugo L. (267)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:02 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Kit
 

Judy C. (107)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:33 pm
The fact that they are still pushing this worthless plane is evidence of the corruption of the military industrial complex. Signed. Thanks Kit.
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:39 pm
Been there, done that.
Lona's point is so important.
This is what happens when countries manipulate and act like personality disordered people.
 

Terrie Williams (771)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 1:28 am
Signed and shared in private email, noted.
 

Natasha Salgado (523)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 3:54 am
Done-thx Kit
 

Klaus Peters (12)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:16 am
Noted and signed. I think instead of wasting huge amounts of money which should be used to benefit the country and its citizens and not only a small group of rich people.
As we all know air supremacy only worked once in WW2, but not in Vietnam nor against terrorism. A waste of money better spent for more purposeful uses to help the US.
 

Ruth R. (219)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 8:51 pm
Signed.
 
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