Sunday :: Jan 30, 2005

Whose Side Are You REALLY On, George?

by pessimist

One thing that King George Warmonger loves to tout is job creation. This latest set of articles does indicate that KGW is performing that hard work of creating jobs - just not too many American ones:

Bush helicopter gives British jobs a lift

HUNDREDS of jobs will be safeguarded in Britain following the award of a $1.7bn (£900m) contract to supply helicopters for the US Presidential flight.

In a contract for 23 helicopters, America opted to buy the AgustaWestland-designed US101 for Marine One, as the Presidential flight is known. The US 101 is a variant of the British designed EH101, which is already in service with the Royal Navy.

Winning the presidential order will also put the team in pole position for the much larger contract to supply 200 helicopters to the US Air Force for use as combat search-and-rescue craft.

Meanwhile, back in America - the land KGW claims as his homeland, ...

NOTE: The Extended Entry doesn't seem to be working correctly, so I'm posting the balance of the article up front.

Rolling Meadows plant loses out on bid

Officials at Northrop Grumman's Rolling Meadows plant expressed disappointment after losing out on a bid to help build the next fleet of U.S. presidential helicopters.

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems had teamed up with Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a division of United Technologies Inc., to get the billion-dollar contract to build the new Marine One helicopters, which provide transportation for the American president.

Northrop Grumman had hoped to supply the helicopter with its defense systems. The contract could have meant another 50 jobs at the Rolling Meadows plant. The decision was a stunning setback for the Sikorsky Aircraft unit - which for nearly 50 years has built and maintained the green and white "Marine One" helicopters that the president uses.

Just remember who to thank when your job leaves the country:

Tony Blair gave the US101 bid his personal backing by lobbying for the helicopter during private meetings with George W. Bush.

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