Military-Industrial Complex Equals Jobs

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Re: Military-Industrial Complex Equals Jobs
In reply to coastcontact, 7 months ago

coastcontact wrote:

The 223rd and final C-17 cargo plane was delivered to the Air Force last week. The plane was manufactured at Boeing (the old Douglas Aircraft facility) in Long Beach, California. That’s the last airplane manufacturing facility in Southern California. The plant will be closed by 2015 and will result in the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Here is the problem. While Boeing cited sequestration, the Pentagon has made it clear for several years that it didn’t require more C-17s. However, lawmakers pushed through more orders to preserve jobs.

As reported in Businessweek, October 29, 2009, “Every year since 2006, the Pentagon has said that it has enough C-17s. And every year, Congress overrules the military and authorizes funds for additional planes. In October the Senate approved $2.5 billion in the 2010 budget for 10 more C-17s, which would bring the fleet to 215.”

The United States has created high paying jobs by ordering complex technology and other aerospace/biotech products from American companies. To a great extent the military-industrial complex has been the driver of jobs.

We give $1.3 billion of aid to Egypt in the form of military hardware. We even gave Russia $126 million in aid in 2010.

Is this the only way we can provide our citizens with good jobs?

On this issue, both parties are guilty of not listening to what the military is saying. Neither party wants to be seen as soft on defense, nor seen as turning down money for their district. The contractors have spread out manufacturing over a number of states, so the legislators from those states continue to vote for funding.

The legislators like to say they listen to what the military says they need, but you and I know that's BS. Congress keeps over-riding the military when it comes to issues like this.

If Congress actually listened to the generals and admirals, the US could save money, or use that money to rebuilt crumbling infrastructure, which also creates job.

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