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Words and Actions Matter

November 30, 2011

There’s a nice post at Hot Air by Jazz Shaw this morning, detailing the complexities of political words and action.  In playing to the base of voters they have, the Democrats are potentially damaging their ability to keep control of governing the nation.  The ititial story is at Forbes Magazine:

So even as the president pushes his jobs bill, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the military-industrial complex could soon disappear as a result of his position on deficit reduction.  That stance might have strong support in some parts of the Democratic Party, but in Northeast Pennsylvania where Scranton is located it’s a pretty scary proposition.  The Scranton area contains several sizable defense plants making items like high-tech helmets and smart bombs, and the biggest local employer is a nearby Army depot that repairs military electronics.  If Obama sticks to his guns on budget cuts, that would be real bad news for Scranton’s economy.

Florida would be another one mentioned in the Forbes article.  Jazz Shaw mentions a couple more:

The list doesn’t end there. Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and even Ohio are significant recipients of Washington largess when it comes to defense industry jobs, and each of them are in play next year. So even as some of Obama’s most ardent supporters may be cheering the “long overdue” cuts to our massive military complex, they could be baiting a trap that he won’t be able to avoid come election time.

I believe a lot of people would counter that the growth of jobs in healthcare, etc. has the potential to offset this.  Well, maybe, but we haven’t seen the growth.  And I used to live in a town (Cincinnati, which at the time had GE building most of the military engines in Evendale) where government contracts paid the bill, and I definately saw the before/after effects of the change.  Is there any wonder why Cincinnati seems to be the more conservative side of the state?

The budget strategy by the administration specifically has been to pin it all on Congress and try to slide by.  The left side of Congress has been pretty obvious that it’s a hit-the-rich play (which they know won’t solve it, but it won’t cost their base) while showing the right as obstructionist.  All of this is going to result in some serious East Coast push-back come voting day given the hit to the military-industrial complex.  The bet by both the administration and Congress is that they’ll still skate through.  Let’s see.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2011 2:29 pm

    Much of the money spent on defense will not be recycled into the economy. However, because we need peace for prosperity to exist, defense spending is necessary. I’m not sure how much we should be paying. My father-in-law worked for Lockheed, and he has some interesting stories of what he saw as waste. I do trust experts who say that BO is cutting way too much.

    • November 30, 2011 2:43 pm

      This one is tacit by the admin, but budgets come from Congress. So Congress is the branch that’s making the defense cuts.

      I’m not saying trickle-down, but funding a defense factory in a locale drives the economy of the locale. My employer (non defense) is the largest non-gov employer in the state, and you can certainly see the impact on the local community on occasions that we hiccup.

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