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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cutting edge

Scott Brown says Barack Obama's budget contains "mixed up priorities." But he's not revealing his own just yet and that's because a major decision is right around the corner.

Our junior senator was quick to agree that a proposal to cut home heating oil assistance would be bad news. But he was silent on another proposed Obama cut -- a $225 million appropriation for a back-up jet engine manufactured by General Electric. That would be another piece of partial funding for a $5.3 billion boondoggle that Obama, the Pentagon and hawks like John McCain have called for eliminating.

Brown has been an ardent backer of the Lynn-built backup engine -- as has much of the state's congressional delegation -- despite the utterly lunacy of the concept of allowing the primary contractor to build a bad engine.

Nor has GE been a model citizen
in lobbying for the engine, threatening to eliminate 150 jobs unless they get another $25 million in tax breaks.

The vote on the wasteful spending should be a key yardstick on how Tea Party rhetoric matches reality. Some newly minted lawmakers say they will vote to eliminate the engine, others have already waffled.

But the ultimate comparison will be coming from deep in the Massachusetts delegation, which has traditionally stuck together to protect the project.

Barney Frank, yes the Tea Party's supposed No. 1 target, is bailing out.
“I don’t want to just cut the second engine, I want to cut the whole plane,’’ he said.
Which side are you on Scott Brown?

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Hmm, 25000000/150=166,666 dollars.

More efficient to dump the engine and hire those 150 workers at $100K each.

February 15, 2011 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does your boy Kerry want to do?

February 15, 2011 9:12 AM  

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