WASHINGTON Lockheed Martin Corp. is lobbying the Obama administration to buy additional F-22 fighter jets by arguing that continued production of the plane would preserve nearly 100,000 jobs across the country, including 19,500 in California. Lockheed lobbies for F-22 production on job grounds - Los Angeles Times The end of the space shuttle program comes amid an economic crisis in Florida which was badly hit by a turn down in the real estate market. Some 7,000 space industry workers will lose their jobs by the time the shuttle program ends, which potentially will be a disaster for Brevard County. Orlando Sentinel - The Write Stuff – Space shuttle program layoffs continue: Boeing sheds 36 jobs Kissell will surely reap rewards in his home state. Of the 44 textile plants closed in the country in the past year, 14 were in North Carolina, where 10,300 people lost their jobs. How does the amendment get around World Trade Organization rules? It turns out, under international trade obligations there is an exemption for national security agency procurement requirements. Weve been working since the creation of the DHS to extend that procurement code, said Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC). Obviously, the Kissell legislation made that a reality. Textiles laud made in USA law So it's about jobs. well as a suggestion why not start with DoD and perhaps as the last article indicates have some of our tax money spent on the production of such items as uniforms that are now mostly made in China and Mexico here in this nation, or perhaps right down to the new Presidential helicopter made in Italy. The President recently went to Tampa and made a speech on the benefits of high speed rail and on the same day the White House informed NASA that the Constellation program was done and that NASA needs to concentrate on scientific missions such as climate change. The 8 billion that will go to high speed rail is a mere drop in the bucket for what the real costs will eventually be and while many see this as some nirvana we do have a little experience in Govt. passanger rail and thats called Amtrak. Frankly as these jobs in the defense and technology sector bleed out as a result of outsourcing and cuts and just plain bad policy , I submit had the President really wanted to concentrate on jobs then he would not on the one hand talk about jobs and on the other sit by and let thousands lose them. The one thing that is striking in the last article is just how much the DoD spends on textiles anually and what that number means in jobs, which was around 200, 000. In short rather than concentrate on things such as high speed rail and marsh mice, perhaps its better if the Govt. learns to spend its money a little more wisely to begin with and make decisions that put this nation as it's first priority.