Economy demands expanding airports

It was very appalling to read that the city councils of some cities in Snohomish County voted against the expansion of Paine Field. They need to look at the big picture!

The United States is suffering from big trade deficits with countries like Japan, China and Canada. If we want to improve our economy, we need to expand Sea-Tac Airport, Boeing Field and Paine Field. We also need to expand the Port of Everett.

A group in Hong Kong is in the process of buying Unocal – they are planning on spending $18.5 billion for it. Another group in China is building a new car that will sell for 30 to 40 percent less than a comparable car in the U.S. (An auto factory worker in China is paid $2 per day.) If we are going to compete with them, we need to support the Boeing Co., Microsoft, Kimberly-Clark, Weyerhaeuser and similar companies, and we need to expand our facilities instead of shutting them down.

The labor unions for Boeing want more benefits but they will not get them if Boeing has to outsource work to other countries. We need to expand our facilities in order to keep our economy strong and to be able to provide adequate salaries and benefits for our citizens.



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