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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Boeing CEO will save US a few bucks

The CEO of Boeing told President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday that he can save the taxpayers a few bucks to build a new Air Force One since the original quote was unacceptable. 

Early this month, Mr. Trump blasted Boeing for alleged cost overruns with the new fleet of Air Force One jets. He called on the government to cancel the contract and called the $4 billion price tag out of control.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg met with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL. He spoke to the media after the meeting and said, "We're going to get it done for less than that, and we're committed to working together to make sure that happens."

It seems like Trump isn't taking the "old school" political position that government stuff costs a lot. He's challenging it, and that's a good thing. While it doesn't make a dent in taxpayer expenditure for the year, it's a posture that sits well with conservatives who've long felt that the government has fleeced us long enough. 

Trump also met with Lockheed Martin Corp's Marillyn Hewson after he had gone public about the exorbitant cost of its F-35.

While this may seem like small potatoes, it's a start at looking deeply into the costs we've been paying for things that may not cost as much as they're charging.

Simple. Smart.