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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, April 26, 2011

A farewell to arms?

Buddy, can you spare a jet engine? Apparently the Pentagon can, but I'm not holding my breath.

The Defense Department has canceled the boondoggle known as the spare F-35 fighter engine that was being built by General Electric in Lynn. No one has ever adequately explained why multi-million dollar jet would need two different engines, with one held in reserve if the first one failed.

The GE engine has been the bane of Defense Secretary William Gates and even some of those elected officials who have been talking about cutting unnecessary government spending (no, I'm not talking about you Scott Brown).

So it would seem reason and common sense have prevailed in Washington. Not so fast. The contractor -- well known for making $14.2 billion in profit, not paying federal taxes and getting a refund -- say they are going to continue to fight.

And since their lobbyists are probably as good as the tax lawyers, I wouldn't bank that savings just yet.

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