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Northrop counters that the contract would provide work for 230 U.S. suppliers and create 14,000 new jobs, including 2,000 in Mobile, Ala., where Northrop and EADS are planning to assemble tankers in a new facility. Including jobs not directly impacted, Northrop boasts it would create a total of 48,000 jobs across the country if awarded the contract.
Northrop initially estimated a smaller number of jobs would be created, but raised its estimate during the competition with Boeing after talking to all its suppliers. That prompted criticism from Boeing and its supporters.
Boeing claimed it would create 44,000 direct and indirect jobs if awarded the contract. It said it would use 300 supplier companies across the country.
Industry sources acknowledged that job numbers promised by defense contractors often are not completely accurate, as each may choose to employ different calculation formulas.
John McCain’s campaign is overrun by lobbyists and the worst abusers of the pay-to-play campaign finance system,” said David Donnelly, Campaign Money Watch’s director. “McCain’s reform credentials are gone. While two lobbyists have left, at least 112 lobbyists who are raising money for his campaign or staffing it remain. If he wants to restore his image he ought to take this initial step to fire these lobbyists today.”
McCain and Obama have gathered $300,034 and $296,673, respectively, from defense contractors. That’s not much money in the grand scheme of these historically expensive campaigns, noted John Isaacs, director of the Council for a Livable World, who added that defense contractors will use the donations to build ties to the candidates.
(ALERT - the following is a purely hypothetical straw man, to illustrate my point) Is it more moral to put 40,000 americans out of a job so that 1 million americans and foreign investors can profit through their investments?