Wired.com details that not-very-surprising fact that those congressional representatives who received the largest political donations from defense contractors voted last week, 217 to 205, to oppose cuts to NSA’s phone-spying dragnet budget. Those who opposed the cuts, and thus the “Amash amendment” received 122% more defense contractor funds than those who voted against it, with one Democratic exception of Representative Dennis Moran of Virginia.
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|By: cocktailhag Thursday January 31, 2013 8:00 pm|
Back in the 90′s, I spent a summer in Seattle working on a project with a former Boeing engineer, and I remember being astonished (and a little alarmed) when he told me about working on the 747 line. “That plane’s been in production for over twenty years, and there are still hundreds of parts that don’t fit together,” he told me, “The guys on the line know exactly where you have to re-drill a hole or just bang the thing together with a mallet.” We were remodeling a house at the time, so I could sympathize, but with a key difference: houses don’t have to fly through the air with hundreds of passengers (and screaming babies) on board.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00 pm|
If I were a Republican at this particular moment, I’d have but one wish: Better grifters, please.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 22, 2012 9:00 am|
“There are 47% . . . who are dependent upon government, . . . who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to . . . you name it. . . . These are people who pay no income tax.”
You know these 47% who pay no income tax: people like GE, PG&E, CenterPoint, ConEd, Tenet, Boeing, Verizon, Ryder . . .
Because, as Romney told us earlier, corporations are people too. Some are just lazier and more dependent on government than others.
|By: Peterr Friday January 6, 2012 10:50 am|
On Wednesday, Boeing dropped a bombshell on the state of Kansas, announcing that they were closing their plant in Wichita, sending ripples throughout the region.
What makes this plant closure announcement different from others, however, is that in the battle to win back the military tanker contract, Boeing’s CEO promised Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, then-Senator (and now governor) Sam Brownback, and other members of the Kansas Congressional delegation that Boeing would build the tanker in Wichita if the Kansas delegation could prevail on their colleagues to award them the contract.
Roberts and the rest of the GOP is not pleased that after winning the contract, Boeing decided to build elsewhere and close the plant.
Imagine that. A corporation would deceive members of Congress when it suits them. Awwwww . . .
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 30, 2011 4:30 pm|
The Machinists union reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Boeing, in a move that probably ends the dispute over moving a factory from Washington State to South Carolina, which prompted action from the NLRB against what they saw as an illegal labor violation.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 10, 2011 8:04 am|
Sen. Lindsey Graham openly threatened the National Labor Relations Board before they filed a complaint against Boeing for illegally moving their plant from Washington state to South Carolina, according to notes taken by the NLRB’s general counsel, Lafe Solomon.
|By: maxstanley Saturday October 29, 2011 3:25 pm|
The war industry stood back with glee when it released a shoddy study that produced the sought-after deceptive headlines about defense spending, the magic sauce of job creation. There was no balance to these reports, and the War Industry should know, because they funded it!
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 30, 2011 11:25 am|
Unnamed sources and materials discovered in Tripoli, where the regime’s spies monitored telecommunications, show Amesys, a unit of the French company Bull SA, assisted in the spying. Sources and materials also indicate Chinese company ZTE Corp provided equipment to Gaddafi.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 29, 2011 2:59 pm|
Just to get back to this drive for regulatory reform that you’ll see from the House GOP over the next several months, with spending de-emphasized, take a look at Eric Cantor’s memo on the upcoming agenda from the chamber. About 80% of it concerns repealing “job-destroying regulations,” which suddenly have become the core reason for the lack of jobs. I thought it was all about runaway spending, but I guess that was last week.