Republicans expand government yet again: U.S. House Backs $696 Billion Bill Boosting Fighter Jets, Troops, (Spends even more than Trump wanted)

Who cares that we have no enemy that can project power beyond their own backyards (or ponds)? Let’s spend spend spend. This is small government Republicans for you.

Constitutionally speaking we are supposed to have a DEFENSE not a global domination machine. But military spending is good for the members of Congress because it’s a way for Republicans to dole out taxpayer money without getting hammered. For some reason Republican leaning voters do not get that the military is big government too. They don’t get that bills like the one that just went through the House encourage crony capitalism of the highest order.

Our military is massive. We have absolutely no need to expand it. None. In fact we should be shrinking it strategically but consistently. But the politicians want to bring home the pig parts (as they say) and many Republican voters, despite calls for smaller government, are more than happy to put that pork up on the grill.

Way to go.

(From Bloomberg)

The House-passed legislation would provide a 2.4 percent military pay raise and boost weapons systems such as Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and Boeing Co. F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft and Chinook and Apache helicopters. It would also expand the Army by 17,000 soldiers and would prod Pentagon purchasers to go online to buy goods from commercial business sites.

AIRCRAFT: The measure would allow for the purchase of 87 F-35 aircraft — 17 more than the Pentagon requested, and 22 F/A-18 Super Hornets, eight more than the administration sought.

The bill backs buying 69 of Boeing’s Apache attack helicopters, while the Pentagon asked for 61. Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed, would stand to gain under a recommendation for 53 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, five more than in the budget request. The House panel also wants the Pentagon to buy 17 of Lockheed’s MC-130J Air Force Special Operations aircraft, more than triple the five that were requested.

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