Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Marine One conundrum

Marine One is the presidential helicopter. Work to replace the current helicopter was started under President Bush and continued under President Obama until the costs began to skyrocket. At that point, Obama halted the replacement.

Now, it looks like work may be underway again and Boeing may be in the hunt. This could be great news for Boeing if they were able to land the program creating jobs and more economic opportunity for Mesa. On the other hand, its another Government funded program which means more taxpayer money for a project that many might find a bit excessive.

It is understandable why the Mayor and other city leaders would want to land the program. The question is, with the continuing growth of Government in the past few years and the relative unpopularity of Obama among Arizonans, will the benefits outweigh the negatives?

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