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Build submarines, help district, boost deficit

Stuart Reininger Mystic

Publication: The Day

Published 04/01/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 03/31/2013 10:11 PM

I read with interest Congressman Joe Courtney's latest emailing wherein he touts his contribution in securing the production of two submarines a year at Electric Boat.

Each submarine costs somewhat over $2.5 billion to build. Upon completion the submarines do, what? What they do not do is make a positive impact on our economy and there is some doubt as to exactly how they contribute to our defense.

Courtney states that 14,000 jobs and somewhat less than $3 billion are gained locally by the submarine's construction.

Therefore, they seem to be vehicles to sustain the economy of a small region and as contributors to our national deficit.

Of course, this can be said of "defense" spending as a whole. We have an economy that depends on "defense" that produces nothing but greater deficits and the need for wars to sustain it.

Then there's Courtney, who is doing the job he was elected to do. He, and the others who represent their "districts," do so for the benefit of their constituents and their need for re-election. I believe that the needs of the country come in as a distant second in their efforts.

Is there something wrong with this system? I think so.

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