"Thank you once again President Trump, for putting America first. I know the headwinds have been strong against you sir, but you are on the right track. Least wise, the patriots and citizens believe so. MAGA!"
It is no secret that Donald Trump loves airplanes. He has had his own private jet for years. It is also no secret that Donald Trump loves this nation's military. He loves the superior military equipment which is made here. One of his favorite platforms, is the F-35 Lighting which is manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Yes, it is one heck of an airplane.
Before I go much further, a few words about this magnificent airplane. It has been in service since 2015 (Marines), 2016 (Air Force), and plans to be in service this year for the Navy. The life cycle cost for the 2,663 planes to be built and maintained until 2070, is a whopping $1.5T. Do I think the F-35 will last until 2070? Heavens no! It will be replaced with a hyper-sonic, almost invisible, "no pilot required" platform. At that point in time, the F-35 will have gone from "super duper" to a relic of aviation history.
But right now in 2018, it is still "super duper". And like I said, the President loves this thing. Yesterday, the President wanted to have a "Built in America" showcase event at the White House. Why? To show off some of the wonderful things this country builds. So, he asked Lockheed Marin to bring over one of the new F-35 fighters. Why did he really do it? To blunt some of the fears that a trade war will be harmful to our country.
Well, the F-35 looks pretty, but does it work? This year, for the first time, the F-35 saw combat. One of the our allies which bought the F-35 is Israel. The IDF has used this platform in combat and the reviews coming back from the field have been stellar. At this point in time, the F-35 has absolute air superiority.
Getting back to the "Made in America" show from yesterday. There is nothing wrong with buying more items which are made in the USA. Many, many years ago (some oldies might remember this), when Japan started flooding our market with cars, Detroit started to feel the pain and the pinch. Bumper stickers were made which said "Buy a foreign car and help 10 Americans lose their jobs". Although mostly UAW folks who displayed that bumper sticker, some non-union folks had them also.
I don't want to sound like an isolationist, but I sure the heck am not a globalist either. I like buying American goods. Maybe a bit more pricey than buying foreign (China) goods, I have yet to be burned by poor product quality when doing so. The quality problems American manufacturing once had, have been cured by many years of Deming and ISO-9000 type training.
Thank you once again President Trump, for putting America first. I know the headwinds have been strong against you sir, but you are on the right track. Least wise, the patriots and citizens believe so. MAGA!