The U.S. Government Is Spending 400,000 Dollars On A Single Helmet

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Would you pay $400,000 for a single helmet? Of course you wouldn’t – but that is precisely what the U.S. government is doing. Just the helmet for the pilot of the new F-35 Lightning II is going to cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. And since we are going to need 2,400 of those helmets, the total bill is going to end up approaching a billion dollars. But what is a billion dollars between friends, eh?

Sadly, our military has a very long history of wasting money like this. Back in the 1980s, the “six hundred dollar toilet seat” became quite famous. Average Americans were absolutely outraged that the government was wasting so much of our hard-earned money, and promises were made that things would change. Here is more on what transpired back then from Wikipedia

Beginning in 1981, President Ronald Reagan began an expansion in the size and capabilities of the United States armed forces, which entailed major new expenditures on weapons procurement. By the mid-1980s, this spending became a scandal when the Project On Government Oversight reported that the Pentagon had vastly overpaid for a wide variety of items, most notoriously paying $435 for a hammer, $600 for a toilet seat, and $7,000 for a coffee pot.

But of course things haven’t changed, have they?

Instead, they have gotten even worse.

I have no idea how a single helmet could be worth $400,000.

Does it grant magic wishes?

Does it turn the user into a mutant superhero?

Here is an excerpt from the USA Today article that is reporting on this super expensive helmet…

When the joint strike fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, finally takes to the skies on its first official mission, it will be one of the most advanced and one of the most expensive planes ever.

And the pilots flying the aircraft will be wearing the most advanced and most expensive helmet ever.

The helmet will give pilots quicker access to the information they need to see and has special cameras to “see” through the bottom of the plane. But it will cost an estimated $400,000 per helmet — more than four times as much as the Air Force paid for head wear for other aircraft such as the F-16.

Is that why the helmet is so expensive?

It can help the pilot see through the bottom of the plane?


If you just go down to your local Ford dealer they will be glad to show you lots of new trucks that can “see behind them”, and the best truck on the lot only costs about $50,000.

Or better yet, if F-35 pilots really want to see what is going on underneath them they should just slap a window on the bottom of the plane.

Of course I am just being facetious, but I think that you get the point.

We all work really hard for our money, and it is quite disheartening to watch the government waste it so flippantly.

And this week the Republicans in Congress have agreed to suspend the debt ceiling for the rest of the time that Barack Obama is in the White House. In one of his final acts as House Speaker, John Boehner has given Barack Obama a wonderful parting gift

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner presented his newly forged budget deal to his Republican colleagues at a private meeting this morning, outlining his plan to avert another government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling as a parting gift to his successor.

The deal would increase federal spending by $80 billion over two years and raise the federal borrowing limit through 2017. The 144-page bill, which was released Monday shortly before midnight, was welcomed by Democrats who have been pushing for budget negotiations all year.

Thank you John Boehner for selling us all down the river time after time. You have done a great disservice to our nation.

This new budget agreement is actually going to significantly increase spending. Here are some more of the details from the New York Times

For this fiscal year alone, the deal would add $50 billion in spending, divided equally between defense and domestic programs, as well as $16 billion for emergency war spending, half for the military, half for the State Department. Together, that represents an increase of $66 billion in the spending limits for 2016, not far off the $70 billion increase Mr. Obama requested in his budget.

Personally, I can’t wait to see how much of that 16 billion dollars is for lethal military aid for Ukraine. Many of you that have been following this closely know exactly what I am talking about.

Of course this budget deal still must be approved by Congress, but that is just a formality at this point. Many “conservatives” in Congress are voicing displeasure with this deal, but is anyone listening? The following comes from Business Insider

Conservatives moved quickly to revolt over a blockbuster budget deal reached among congressional leaders and the White House early Tuesday morning, calling it a “betrayal” days before US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is set to leave Congress.

“This budget deal is a betrayal of all the fiscally conservative promises Republicans made in the last election. It is emblematic of why working-class Americans are angry with congressional Republicans,” said prominent right-leaning economist Stephen Moore, in a statement released by the conservative group FreedomWorks.

The Tea Party is supposed to be standing against the tax and spend agenda of the Democrats and the establishment Republicans, but enthusiasm for the Tea Party seems to be subsiding. In fact, according to Gallup support for the Tea Party has hit an all-time low of 17 percent.

So we will just continue to witness business as usual in D.C. until disaster strikes. At this point it is expected that somewhere around 100 Republicans in the House will support this deal, and with all of the Democrats on board that should be enough to get it to pass.

Since Boehner reached his first “budget deal” with Barack Obama back in 2011, the U.S. national debt has increased by $3,970,023,503,348.07. It is a betrayal of a magnitude that is difficult to put into words.

Overall, the federal government has been stealing 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day since Barack Obama first entered the White House.

When I tell most people that, I can tell that they don’t really believe me, and truthfully that statistic does sound completely and utterly ridiculous.

But it is true.

When you multiply 100,000,000 by 24 by 365 you get 876,000,000,000. And if you multiply that number by 7 (the number of years that Obama has “served” so far rounding up), you get 6.132 trillion.

Well, according to the U.S. national debt has risen by more than seven and a half trillion dollars since Barack Obama was first inaugurated…

Since Obama took office, the total debt of the federal government has already increased by $7,525,761,885,381.30—rising from $10,626,877,048,913.08 on Jan. 20, 2009 to $18,152,638,934,294.38 on Oct. 23, 2015.

When you break that number down, the amount of new debt added under Obama comes to $64,134.73 per household

The $7,525,761,885,381.30 that the total debt has increased so far during the Obama presidency equals $64,134.73 for each of the 117,343,000 households that were in the United States as of June.

Are you ready to cough up your share?

The truth is that it is already mathematically impossible for the U.S. government to pay off this debt.

What our politicians are attempting to do now is to keep borrowing money and extending the game for as long as they possibly can.

If that sounds like a really bad plan to you, that is because it is a really bad plan.

What our leaders have done to future generations of Americans is beyond criminal. But the American people have come to accept this as “normal”, and only a very small percentage of us are still complaining about it.

So the jokers in Washington will just keep on doing what they are doing until it all comes tumbling down all around them. By then, it will be far too late to do anything about it.

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

3 thoughts on “The U.S. Government Is Spending 400,000 Dollars On A Single Helmet”

  1. And that plane can be shot down in a heartbeat by something far less expensive than the helmet itself, much less the plane’s expense.

  2. The most noisy weapon on a battlefield used to be a machine gun. Very powerful weapon. Until people found out that the average lifespan of a machine gun operator on a battlefield was less than 15 minutes.
    Yet modern warfare uses much more powerful guns. Most of which are very noisy and attract a lot of attention.
    The key to survival on a battlefield is NOT to attract the attention of the enemy while going about killing said enemy that use similarly noisy weapons.
    The helmet is just one of many appropriations. And we continue to pay the average soldier lousy wages for risking life itself on foreign soil. If we do not get him killed the first time then we send him back time and time again. Well, it isn’t the general risking his life it is the soldier, airman, sailor, etc. The same idiots that are now flooding our VA hospitals because it did not work out as planned.
    Nor do they plan to support these people for the rest of their short lives in VA facilities that are stressed and badly financed.
    No, the congress will dump them unless they are shamed into doing more. Since these same people have no shame, I doubt that the VA hospital system will survive.
    Just like President Bush made sure that anyone making a decent living after surviving service is not eligible by executive order for VA Hospital benefits. You have to be almost destitute to get the benefits if you are not grandfathered in.
    I sure look forward to yet another Bush trying to be President. NOT!
    It is beyond control of any one person, even a businessman like Donald Trump.
    Mr. Boehner is the same person that supported abortion through financing Planned Parenthood as part of the last deal to create a budget.
    So why is anyone surprised at this latest betrayal? Or when he chaired a Florida farce that kept Dr. Ron Paul from speaking.
    I just looked at one of the Republican Debates of people wanting to be our next President.
    They brought up some very interesting points. Like illegal actions of the Executive and Judicial Branches of Government. Violations of Federal Law . . . So where are these rats on a sinking ship and what are they doing about it?
    These are not just anybody. These are often governors of the various states. These are congress people running as well. Yet a Real Estate Developer, a surgeon, and a former CEO of HP with a rotten reputation are running ahead of all of them. Ask anyone at HP what that CEO did. IF she gets nominated the opposition will have a field day before the media.
    These same people used a twisted COLA to deny benefits to most of the people in Social Security pensions this coming year.
    So here they stand on a stage putting on a performance that P.T. Barnum might have envied . . . I see no mention of Social Security and Medicare going bankrupt as we speak.
    And then we wonder why the people in charge of the military want an expensive helmet on a weapon that is all ready obsolete before the first plane ever saw production. It was obsolete in the movie Charley’s War years ago. And that was based mostly on facts. Those hand held missiles fired from horseback brought down the entire Russian Military Industrial Complex.
    IF we survive this huge stink coming out of D.C. it is likely going to be because even the Powers That Be understand that if they do not put a Donald Trump in office to balance the situation and clear up some of the corruption then the country is doomed.
    And those same Powers That Be stand to lose a lot of money just like the rest of us do.
    The backlash of this country going under will whip through every country on Earth not just us.
    So unless you are stashed somewhere with plenty of food, an army to protect you, and fall out facilities to use for years, then the alternative is we have to have someone half competent in order for everyone to survive.
    If I were to choose a Vice for Donald it would have to be an old pro in D.C. that knows the ropes and knows what to expect from this bunch of snakes. So his choice of VP might come as a surprise to everyone. The leading contender is Dr. Carson. Yet he is not the right man for the job. The right man must know Congress backwards and forwards and know how to get things done.
    The Ohio Governor comes to mind, but I doubt if he will get the position.

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