Vermont Pushes Back

When it comes to the overpriced and underperforming boondoggle known as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, local communities are taking action even as the Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex perpetuates the myth that the JSF is a job creator and an advanced fighter that will ensure American air superiority well into the 21st century.  The F-35 is neither, and we applaud the efforts of the citizens of Vermont in pushing back against this turkey.


Ben Cohen – “Every F-35 we build is taking jobs away”

In the video excerpt below, Ben Cohen explains how the military-industrial-congressional complex has run roughshod over the legitimate health concerns of residents that live near the Vermont Air National Guard base.  At $1.45 trillion, the budgetary boondoggle that is the F-35 has got Congressmen feeding at the trough despite their better judgment.  Meanwhile, the most expensive weapons program in human history is stealing investment dollars from infrastructure, education, and health care; the foundations of a strong middle-class economy.


Hundreds of Vermont Residents Voice their Opposition to F-35


The Vermont Air National Guard Base at the Burlington International Airport

The most expensive weapons program in history faces stiff opposition from neighbors of the Burlington International Airport, headquarters of the Vermont Air Guard, which is scheduled to host the new F-35 along with bases in Utah and Idaho. Hundreds of Vermont citizens gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church last week to express their concerns over the F-35 and plan for further action. Beyond the escalating fiscal impact of this weapons system, the F-35 will have a tangible and negative impact on these Vermont residents. The F-35 is 400% louder than the F-16 it is set to replace, pushing 3000 homes in the area into the ‘unfit for residential use’ category set by the FAA, and would place 1400 residential units in the ‘extreme-risk crash zone’, no small concern given the F-35’s performance to date.

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