Thursday, January 22, 2015

Man Bites Dog!

Or something like that.

Sen. John McCain is proposing an amendment that could have a tremendous impact on the First Coast's multi-million dollar shipbuilding and repair industry that employs 10,000 here.

McCain is trying to attach his amendment, which would do away with the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 also known as the Jones Act, to the Senate's bill to permit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Jones Act dictates that all ships operating within the U.S. and between U.S. ports be American built, owned and operated.

Of course the main bill is bad (it's a giant corporate welfare boondoggle enabled by land theft through "eminent domain"), but the amendment would repeal another, nearly century-old, corporate welfare boondoggle that costs American consumers bazillions of dollars in order to prop up the profit margins of its beneficiaries.

John McCain opposing corporate welfare for the military-industrial complex? What's next? Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies? Rivers and seas boiling? Forty years of darkness? Earthquakes, volcanoes ... The dead rising from the grave? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together ... mass hysteria?

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