All part of the game
The federal government is already spending billions for Pratt & Whitney to develop engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Why spend billions more for General Electric to do the same?
'The alternate engine not only qualifies as procedural pork, it is also a waste of money on the merits,' Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, said in July in announcing an advertising campaign.
But when a video was posted on YouTube, it showed that it was paid for by GE's competitor in the long-running, $100 billion war over the F-35 engine: Pratt & Whitney.