By Rob Lorei
In this pre-Tax Day discussion on Radioactivity Thursday, we look at where our tax money is going and whether our government can spend it more wisely.
Over half of the $1.1 trillion dollars budget for federal discretionary spending will be spent on the military and military-related programs. On of the biggest defense project in the works is the building of the F-35 stealth fighter jet. It’s supposed to be the next generation of fighter jets, set to replace the F-16.
Here’s part of a promotional video for the new fighter jet from Lockheed Martin- the main contractor on the project:
But the project has been subject to criticism due to its high price-tag, over $400 billion to develop with another $1 Trillion expected in maintenance costs, and flawed design. Our guest today is Pierre Sprey, a former defense analyst who was heavily involved in the design of the F-16 fighter and the A-10 ground attack jets, and one of the leading critics of the F-35.
Then we are joined Eric Schoenberg of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200 high-net-worth individuals who want a reformed tax code that would be fairer to all Americans.