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F-35 engine shows challenge of belt-tightening
USA Today ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | Fredreka Schouten

Posted on 02/16/2011 8:19:38 AM PST by blade_tenner

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-02-14-budgetinside14_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

For five years running, two presidents have tried to eliminate funding for a backup engine on a fighter jet, a program Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls unnecessary.

Congress, however, has rebuffed the White House and continues to fund the $465-million-a-year alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, amid intense lobbying by General Electric, the corporate giant working with Rolls-Royce to develop that engine.

General Electric's aggressive outreach ranges from running ads on the subway cars that congressional staffers take to work to deploying dozens of well-connected lobbyists to Capitol Hill and the Pentagon....

...Among the new lawmakers backing General Electric: Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, where 1,000 GE employees work on the engine. Portman, who recently backed a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget, was the largest recipient of GE-related donations in the 2010 elections...

(Excerpt) Read more at tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: budget; defensespending; deficit; earmarks
"Now we see the violence inherent in the system" - Monty Python and the Holy Grail

We must not forget that most of the current GOP leadership were directly responsible for the doubling of the national debt several years back. We can't let our guard down on ANY of these clowns... they will pay lip service to debt reduction, direct the blame elsewhere and continue doing what they've been doing...

1 posted on 02/16/2011 8:19:40 AM PST by blade_tenner
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To: blade_tenner

“.Among the new lawmakers backing General Electric: Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, where 1,000 GE employees work on the engine”
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Are these the same GE people that are shown doing the line dancing in that lame commercial?

Every time I see one of these “feel good” public image commercials from a major corp, I throw up a little in my
mouth. But, with GE I have to run into the bathroom for a full blow Buick.

Then I dry heave.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 9:05:10 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

like the chrysler or GM ads that tell us NOTHING about what is in the overpriced car? all smoke and mirrors and dancing elephants.

GE should have had a pink dancing elephant ala dumbo.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 9:08:49 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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