To the editor:
Boeing’s sudden departure from Wichita brings to mind Mitt Romney’s assertion that corporations are people, but what he didn’t say was that when people lie, it usually doesn’t cost 2,200 decent jobs. He should know. He downsized companies that resulted in the loss of thousands of American jobs. It’s doubtful that either corporate brain gave much thought to those who were left without meaningful employment.
You don’t suppose Romney and Boeing are related, do you?
The decent business decision for Boeing would have been to move at least some of their 787 manufacturing jobs to Wichita instead of building a totally new facility in North Carolina. The Wichita community is stable, the skill factor high, and those workers enjoy a tradition of excellence in aircraft manufacturing.
Our senators appear to have suffered quite a jolt in their dealings with Boeing. Promises made are not necessarily promises kept, are they Sen. Roberts? He, Sen. Moran and the rest of the Kansas delegation are more than willing to sell our souls to the company store. Little did we realize that the corporation was not interested in our souls or our well-being. They just wanted to make a lot of money.
Next time our delegates rave about the virtues of an unfettered capitalistic system, let’s remember this Boeing fiasco. And when we step into the voting booth, remember how easily our representatives in Congress were led down the garden path to the detriment of hard-working Kansans.