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Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Mar 10, 2013 - 01:28am PT
What a fighter jet mess!

The problem is with the specs: started off with three versions, 70% similar....now 70% different.

They promised everything to everyone.

There needed to be discipline from the top:

One plane, the navy version. Everyone else, make do.

The Marines don't need jets. Why does the Navy's army need it's own air force? Use purple thinking. (that's cooperation between services)

Perfect has become the enemy of good.

500 planes require 260,000 employees to do the work of supplying and maintaining.......520 PER PLANE.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 10, 2013 - 09:21am PT
The F-35 is a socialist's wet dream.

Government jobs for everyone!

climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 10, 2013 - 11:14am PT
The jobs ARE a nice byproduct. They are not however Government jobs. The f-35 is built by a PRIVATE contractor and their subcontractors. Also theses jobs would be better off spent on a product that had more societal benefit. Infrastructure, Education, research.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 10, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Dave wrote: The F-35 is a socialist's wet dream.

Government jobs for everyone!


Really...I would think a socialist would want that money spend on health care and education.
Ricky

climber
Sometimes LA
Mar 10, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Spending on jobs is even better than spending directly on health care or education. But we should build bridges and roads, update a power grid or something. In this country this time.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 10, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Follow Romney's business model and Sub the F-35 work out to China ...They can build it cheaper..
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Mar 10, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Gridiron Club and Foundation’s white-tie-and-tails 128th Anniversary Spring Dinner, at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, is one of Washington’s last galas that’s not televised:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Before I begin, I know some of you have noticed that I'm dressed a little differently from the other gentlemen. Because of sequester, they cut my tails. (Laughter.) My joke writers have been placed on furlough. (Laughter.) I know a lot of you reported that no one will feel any immediate impact because of the sequester. Well, you’re about to find out how wrong you are. (Laughter.) Of course, there’s one thing in Washington that didn’t get cut: the length of this dinner. …

“[S]ome folks couldn’t make it this evening. … Bob Woodward sends his regrets, which Gene Sperling predicted. (Laughter.) I have to admit this whole brouhaha had me a little surprised. Who knew Gene could be so intimidating? Or let me phrase it differently: Who knew ANYBODY named Gene could be this intimidating? Now I know that some folks think we responded to Woodward too aggressively. But, hey, … can anybody tell me when an administration has ever regretted picking a fight with Bob Woodward? (Laughter.) What’s the worst that could happen? (Laughter and applause.) But don’t worry. We’re all friends again … Bob invited Gene over to his place. And Bob says he actually thinks that I should make it, too. And I might take him up on the offer. I mean, nothing says ‘not a threat’ like showing up at somebody's house with guys with machine guns. …

“Some of you have said that I’m ignoring the Washington press corps -- that we're too controlling. You know what, you were right. I was wrong, and I want to apologize in a video you can watch exclusively at whitehouse.gov. While we’re on this subject, I want to acknowledge Ed Henry, who is here -- who is the fearless leader of the Washington press corps now. (Applause.) And at Ed’s request, tonight I will take one question from the press. Jay, do we have a question? [Carney bounds bound the head table with a note.] Surprisingly, it’s a question from Ed Henry. (Laughter.) ‘Mr. President, will you be taking any questions tonight?’ (Laughter.) I'm happy to answer that. No, Ed, I will not. (Laughter.)

“I also want to recognize [Gridiron member] David Corn. He’s here from Mother Jones magazine. He brought his iPhone. So Bobby Jindal, if you thought your remarks were off the record, ask Mitt Romney about that. (Applause.) I have to say, I thought Bobby was incredibly funny this evening. (Applause.) …. Amy Klobuchar was sparkling and fantastic and fabulous. (Applause.) I am worried about Al Franken, though. How do you start off being one of the original writers for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and end up being the second-funniest senator in Minnesota? … Now I'm sure that you’ve noticed that there's somebody very special in my life who is missing tonight, somebody who has always got my back, stands with me no matter what and gives me hope no matter how dark things seem. So tonight, I want to publicly thank my rock, my foundation -- thank you, Nate Silver. … [Nonchalantly reaches for glass of water, drinks, puts it aside.] That, Marco Rubio, is how you take a sip of water. …

“[W]e’ve had to make some very tough, huge budget cuts apparently with no regard to long-term consequences, which means I know how you feel in journalism. (Laughter.) I’ve been trying to explain this situation to the American people, but clearly I am not perfect. After a very public mix-up last week, my communications team has provided me with an easy way to distinguish between Star Trek and Star Wars. (Laughter.) Spock is what Maureen Dowd calls me. Darth Vader is what John Boehner calls me. … With all these new faces, it’s hard to keep track of who is in, who is out. And I know it's difficult for you guys as reporters. But I can offer you an easy way of remembering the new team. If Ted Cruz calls somebody a communist, then you know they’re in my cabinet… Hillary is a tough act to follow. But John Kerry is doing great so far. He is doing everything he can to ensure continuity. Frankly, though, I think it’s time for him to stop showing up at work in pantsuits. (Laughter.) It's a disturbing image. (Laughter.) …

“Look, it’s no secret that my Vice President is still ambitious. But let's face it, his age is an issue. Just the other day, I had to take Joe aside and say, ‘Joe, you are way too young to be the pope.’ … I want to thank everybody for not just a wonderful evening … And in the words of one of my favorite Star Trek characters -- Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise: ‘May the force be with you.’”

bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:49am PT
In "Larger Spending Cuts Would Help the Economy" (op-ed, March 5), Michael J. Boskin writes: "The U.S. reduced spending as a share of GDP by 5% from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Canada reduced its spending as share of GDP by 8% in the mid-'90s and 2000s. In both cases, the reductions reinforced a period of strong growth."

There is not only an inverse relationship between the federal government's spending as a share of GDP and economic growth, but the same relationship exists between the federal government's spending as a share of GDP and the inflation-adjusted or real S&P 500 Index. For example, let's look at what happened from 1983 to 2010.

In 1983 the federal government's share of GDP reached 23.2%. By 1989 it was down to 21.4%. The average rate of real GDP growth was 4.3% per year over those seven years. The real S&P 500 Index rose from 253.59 at the end of 1982 to 507.93 at the end of 1989, a 100.3% increase.

From 1993 to 2000 the federal government's share of GDP decreased from 22.6% to 18.8%. The average rate of real GDP growth was 3.9% per year from 1993 to 2000. The real S&P 500 Index rose from 568.83 at the end of 1992 to 1,488.09 at the end of 2000, a 161.6% increase.

The federal government's share of GDP increased from 18.8% in 2000 to 25.5% in 2010. The average rate of real GDP growth was 1.6% per year from 2001 to 2010. The real S&P 500 Index fell from 1,488.09 at the end of 2000 to 1,133.08 at the end of 2010, a 23.9% decrease.

Ronald W. Olive

Economics Department

UMass/Lowell

Lowell, Mass.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:22am PT
we're from the government, and we're here to help:

http://reason.com/archives/2013/03/09/bans-on-feeding-homeless-facing-backlash


winston smith is dead
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:02am PT
The jobs ARE a nice byproduct. They are not however Government jobs. The f-35 is built by a PRIVATE contractor and their subcontractors. Also theses jobs would be better off spent on a product that had more societal benefit. Infrastructure, Education, research.

Agree.

I'm just pointing out that the defense industry is the definition of socialism: A command economy where the state decides what and how much to produce. (The private companies just provide a facade of a free market.)

The F-35 is a brilliant example of socialism and how it can fail: Wealth is confiscated from private industry and redistributed by the state in order to support unproductive activities.

It's no coincidence that every fully socialist country in history had a large military.

But many Republicans cannot see the obvious because they are so enamored by their war toys.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Mar 11, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
It's no coincidence that every fully socialist country in history had a large military.

What fully socialist countries would those be? Norway? Sweden?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 11, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
We've been through this before.

Norway and Sweden are not socialist economies.

They are not even close.

I buy some of my furniture at IKEA.

And I have a friend that drives a Saab.

Fully socialist countries: USSR, Cuba, North Korea, China (although China is changing...)
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Mar 11, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
The countries you cite are not socialist, mainly fascist or dictatorships.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
If only our VETERANS could obtain the help from the govt illegal aliens enjoy. Whats wrong with that picture. How come my repub senator has to fight tooth and nail for a little justice for Vets, while illegals get a free paid for ride.?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
More than 20 percent (over 700) of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients in U.S. wars have been immigrants. As the official guide to recipients notes, “Those who have received the Medal of Honor since it was established in 1861 as the nation’s highest decoration are as different as the melting pot population of our country.”
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
ILLEGAL being the KEY word doood...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
"Illegal" immigrants have contributed way more than you would ever like to admit Ron.

Most illegals contribute more than MANY natural born citizens.
PLENTY of losers born here.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:30pm PT


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locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:31pm PT


""Illegal" immigrants have contributed way more than you would ever like to admit Ron."...



Plus THEY can name all of the Presidents...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 11, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
ILLEGAL being the KEY word doood...


Actually, the key word is STEREOTYPE.
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