Despite negative comments and at least one negative opinion poll, Lubbock County Commissioners approved a pay raise for themselves and certain other elected officials on Monday. In the case of County Judge Tom Head the raise is 42 percent - taking him from $77,450 to $109,925 yearly. Head was the only ‘no’ vote Monday.
Commissioners Bubba Sedeno, Mark Heinrich, Bill McCay and Patti Jones voted for themselves to have a base pay increase of more than 30 percent. Head voted against the budget and spoke out against the raises in the budget. The raises passed by a vote of 4 - 1.
Just keep voting guys! This kind of corruption will sort itself out if we just vote in the right person next time.
Who is the right person you might ask? Well it’s my guy of course, don’t vote for that other schmuck!
It’s no secret - America’s futuristic F-35 joint strike fighter is a disaster. It’s not only the most expensive weapons program in US history, it also doesn’t work. Mysterious engine fires keep them grounded while strategic forecasts and war games show the planes getting blown out of the sky by last generation Chinese fighters. China however, has built its own version of the F-35 thanks to their robust espionage program. It’s a fraction of the cost of ours, and theirs apparently works.
As we reported a month ago, the US F-35 joint strike fighter lost its computerized war games against Chinese fighters when the Pentagon’s top strategic forecaster - the Rand Corporation - created simulated confrontations between the two countries. But the plane can’t even get that far because recurring engine fires keep the plane out of the sky. There are a number of reasons why the F-35 is a disaster while its Chinese twin - the J-20 - doesn’t appear to be having the same problems. The most obvious is America’s system of Washington-Wall Street corruption.