As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo runs around touting the huge technological advances that the state has made through the creation of high tech jobs, one thing stands clear. His administration is plainly missing the point on what is needed in order to sustain the industrial complex in the state.
Granted, Cuomo was able to bring chip manufacturer Global Foundries to upstate New York, but only after promises of millions of dollars in tax breaks. The Albany college of nano-tech has just undergone major construction and has been touted as the cutting edge in technology (and was even visited by President Obama.)
With our own silicon valley being developed here in New York state, why are our elected leaders disregarding the role that we could play in the development of the F-35 stealth fighter? China (with the help of Bill Clinton) and Russia are currently developing fighter aircraft far superior to what we have today. The F-35 is the cutting edge of technological advances and would be able to counter the advances of other countries.
We have the capability and the workforce to not only build a supply chain, but to also lead in the development of the F-35. Just as our elected leaders are dragging their feet on hydrofracking, which has brought a boom so big to North Dakota that it even has the Saudis worried, they don’t seem to have any interest in the F-35 development as well.
Our congressional delegation, especially Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the leadership this state needs by supporting and fully funding the F-35 program.
Just these two things alone could have a huge, positive economic impact on the state of New York. Is it that our leaders do not have any faith in workers of New York state? Or is it that they are worried about their own ideological political skins? Well, you decide. As always, fellow Patriots, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.
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