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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Health alert: I'm about to say something nice about the Republican House that voted, with bipartisan support, to kill that superfluous and expensive back-up jet engine manufactured in Lynn.

But I don't intend to jump for joy just yet, because congressional funding has more lives than cats and at least one prominent Republican in the state delegation (oh wait, there's only one) has been on record supporting the billion dollar boondoggle.

It was left to John Tierney, who represents that 6th District where General Electric has been holding taxpayers hostage, to carry the ludicrous argument that more is less.
“Competition helps keep costs under control, ensures better performance, spurs innovation, and holds contractors accountable.’’
Not when the competition is for a billion dollar spare part. And cue the laughter about this holding the contractors accountable.

And I am truly baffled by the GE spokesman's contention that we need to spend more money to save it. Did he serve in the Department of Redundancy Department?

The lineup of those who say this is massive waste begins the Defense Secretary Robert Gates and now includes a number of Massachusetts Democrats. It will be interesting to see if the state's two senators, including the fiscally responsible junior senator, change their tune and oppose the boondoggle when the appropriation reaches them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't the contracts for the new engine be broken up into multiple parts, with one part designated for the design of the engine, one for the primary manufacture of the engine and a third part for maintaining engine manufacturing capability for the industry beyond the primary contract winner. In this case, let GE manufacture a portion of the Pratt & Whitney designed engines in order to retain the workforce capability for the future. The competition would be better than having the loser wither away.

February 17, 2011 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you write something about Wisconsin. Democrats playing hide and seek.

February 17, 2011 3:41 PM  

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