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  •  Boeing and outsourcing -- an old habit (0+ / 0-)

    This is a habit the entire aerospace industry got into back in the 1970s, for the sole purpose of spreading just enough jobs across congressional districts to keep a federally-funded project politically viable. A former PR guy from what used to be McDonnell-Douglas/North American-Rockwell (before General Dynamics and Boeing ate them all) explained it to me in an interview describing construction of Space Shuttle components: You spread the jobs as widely as possible so no member of Congress can say 'No.'

    Remains the base of how our military-industrial complex works. Only difference being, it's now also working that way in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and who knows where else.

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