Winning government funding for projects and jobs in Massachusetts is a proper goal for any of our US Senators and members of Congress. Yet it is not enough that projects simply be located here to merit their support. Projects should create something of significant value.
That’s why it was so sad to see the headlines: Rail stimulus funds to bypass Northeast Corridor. Broken wheel caused Red Line derailment. Mass. push saves costly engine plan: Lawmakers protect jobs at GE in Lynn despite Obama call to ax program. And the kicker: China unveils world’s fastest train, goes 236 mph.
In the 50s and 60s, we had a monopoly on industrial production. We could afford both guns and butter. But we can’t today. The Lynn jobs need to be saved. But everyone would have been better served with funding to retrofit the Lynn factory to build train engines, wind turbines, or something we actually need.