The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 December 2003

The plane truth

It's official: Boeing will build the new 7E7 jet in Everett, Washington, snubbing a bid from Tulsa.

Michael Bates is still wondering about the incentives Tulsa offered:

State officials are still refusing to tell us what incentives they offered Boeing in our name and with our tax dollars. Even the total value of the package has been kept secret.

Tulsa officials, says Bates, are in "full spin mode." Meanwhile, I keep thinking of the United Airlines maintenance facility for which we were competing, which finally ended up in Indianapolis, only to be shut down when United went into Chapter 11, and I don't feel quite so bad.

Posted at 7:18 AM to Soonerland


Tulsa had little to no chance of winning this bid. Washington was being milked by Boeing. Boeing will then turn to its favorite customer, the Pentagon for more tax dollars to buy their products and we'll have a nice little system of state finanaced business for the profit of private individuals.

Its the American way?

I've posted further thoughts as well.

Posted by: bruce at 10:39 AM on 17 December 2003

I heard on the radio this morning that the governor of Washington lobbied very hard for this facility, and put the word out that if Boeing didn't get what they wanted, they might pull out of the state altogether.

Tax abatements and such do seem to have gotten somewhat out of hand, I think.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:05 AM on 17 December 2003

I believe the phrase Bruce is fumbling for is "corporate welfare." Well, welfare is welfare and I'm agin it.

Posted by: McGehee at 12:38 PM on 17 December 2003

CG, you're waaaay to diplomatic. Corporate welfare is quickly becoming the de facto mode of business in America.

Just remember, Wall Street is NOT your friend.

Posted by: bruce at 8:23 PM on 17 December 2003

Diplomatic? Moi?

Now there's a first.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:44 PM on 17 December 2003

Wall Street doesn't have to be my friend. As long as it keeps depositing money in my bank account, it can wish me all the ill it wants.

However, taking taxpayer money (or getting localities to use eminent domain) for its own purposes, constitutes the opposite of depositing money in my account.

Don't get sentimental about institutions, Bruce. Life will grind you down if you do.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:53 AM on 18 December 2003

As long as it keeps depositing money in my bank account, it can wish me all the ill it wants.

me sentimental? How about you, cynical. You don't care if they drag democracy, freedom and the whole world down around your shoulders as long as you get a few pennies?

Life has already ground you down my friend.

Posted by: bruce at 9:48 AM on 18 December 2003

You don't care if they drag democracy, freedom and the whole world down around your shoulders as long as you get a few pennies?

<sigh>

Government does that a lot faster and almost always with the blessing of the Left. The Left complains about the Patriot Act only because it was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by George W. Bush.

Me, cynical? I didn't start out that way, but listening to the ravings of LeftWhacks sure got me there.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:46 PM on 18 December 2003

I, not some amorphous "left", don't like the patriot act because it erodes personal liberties, much in the same way as many drug laws.

I acknowledge the corrosive effects of unchecked govt power, can you say the same about corporate power?

Let's be honest. Don't argue against the left. You control what they claim to think, argue against me!

Neither party will turn down the chance to increase their political capital even if it means throwing a few more people in jail. One of the greatest crimes by government in the past twenty years has been this phony "war" on drugs. Now we have a phony "war" on terrorism. Like the previous "war" on crime it will be just another excuse to extend govt control over people's lives.

Posted by: bruce at 9:06 PM on 18 December 2003