Wednesday, April 11, 2007

On returning "favors.."

Wanting to otherwise de-fund our current war effort, Jack Murtha curiously is going ga-ga over spending 9 billion dollars per year to build three submarines per year (note that only two submarines were requested):
Each Virginia-class sub is about the length of a football field and costs nearly $3 billion to build.

They are able to fire cruise missiles at land targets, conduct surveillance off foreign shores, and drop off commando teams to do stealth jobs behind enemy lines.

Half the work on the subs is done in Groton at the Electric Boat plant; the other half at Northrop Grumman in Newport News.

Electric Boat now has about 10,000 workers on its payroll, most of them in Groton, some at its facility at Quonset Point, R.I.

Note how MSNBC goes out of its way to call Murtha a "hawkish" democrat.

But like we've said time and time again on this blog, Jack Murtha's hawkishness is directly related and is limited by how many greenbacks with which he can line his slimy pockets. Case in point:

-General Dynamics, a parent company of Electric Boat, donated $10,000 to Murtha's campaign last year:
Powerbroker on military spending
Americans know Murtha as the man who has been calling loudly for U.S. forces’ exit from Iraq. But long before any U.S. soldier set foot in Iraq, Murtha wielded power as the Democrats’ premier military appropriator – the man who decides how many billions of dollars should be spent on destroyers, cruisers, subs and bombers.

Murtha, who holds a safe seat, has garnered campaign contributions from defense contractors, including $10,000 in the 2006 campaign from General Dynamics, the parent company of Electric Boat. Murtha shared his largesse with Democratic House candidates including Courtney to whose campaign he donated $4,000.

Yet this is the same buffoon who regularly complains that the war on terror is costing too much money.

PA-12, you get who you vote for.

BTW, I hope you washed your hands after casting that vote.