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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 819 819

NATO purchased F-16s. That was the big market they were designed for. It was designed to be cheap and incorporated a lot of what we learned from the Mig in Vietnam. As an export fighter it was great. It can't hold a candle to the F-15 though which with 2 engines has a great safety record and ruled the skies during it's heyday. I really think though that the future is aircraft like the X-47B.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 4, Informative) 819 819

That's pretty much the same sentiment they had just before the Vietnam war. And then took a big bloody nose from the inferior Migs. The worst thing about the F-35 though is it's a single engine fighter. In war redundancy is everything. When the engine on the 35 gets damaged the only option is to pull the ejection handle and hope for the best. That's a hell of an expensive lawn dart. If you want to see an example of how bad it can be just look at the F-16. It's nickname IS lawn dart. When the F-15 loses an engine they turn around and go back to base. That's how you live to fight another day. After the debacle with the F-22 and the F-105 I can't believe they bought another single engine fighter.

Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

That's part of the problem. The money never makes it to the classroom. I can't believe the overhead nowadays. The teacher/student ratio is about 32 to 1 which is too high but somehow the office staff has more than quadrupled in the typical school. This is despite the fact that when I attended they used typewriters instead of word processors. We got by with a principal while now they have 3 assistants. They've quadrupled the number of counselors as well and added all kinds of staff positions. This is fine if you have the money for it but books and supplies and teachers should come first. As with most things government related the tail wags the dog.

Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

Where I live the per capita spending on students has risen over the years far ahead of inflation. The results have remained largely unchanged. Money is important but a lot can be done cheaply if you have good management. Without support from a solid family structure money will make little difference. One thing I am glad to see is schools serving breakfast now. For far too many children the only meals they get are at school. Libertarian though I may be free food for children is an exception I make. It's horrible that children in this country go hungry. I don't know what the solution to America's education problems are. I know we've had numerous Governors in my state attack the problem with money and it's accomplished zilch.

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