nation's most expensive weapons program isn't done showing U.S.
taxpayers how much it will ultimately cost them with the F-35 fighter
jet budget predicted to jump by $27 billion.
Though the estimated future cost of the program had previously hovered
at a mind-boggling $379 billion, an updated draft will reportedly exceed
$406 billion—a nearly 7 percent increase.
It's ridiculous that a
weapons program so fraught with failures is allowed to receive such
outlandish funding when lawmakers—mostly Republicans, but also many
Democrats—continue to argue that the nation is "too broke" to increase
spending on social programs that improve education or healthcare.
A United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft. (Credit: Getty/Matt Cardy)