Cirrus deal fuels protest over jobs and security

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER and KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 25, 2011 - 9:20 PM

Cravaack says the sale to a Chinese firm shouldn't proceed until the concerns are addressed.

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jmb111Mar. 25, 1111:51 PM

"All I'm saying is we need to proceed slowly and cautiously before we allow any of our technology to go overseas," Cravaack said." A little late for that, we've already given them most of our technology along with our manufacturing jobs.

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ebenezerMar. 26, 11 8:10 AM

Cravaack should understand what business is all about, being a Republican, particularly one that whose sales are dropping. If no one is buying this aircraft, it should be allowed to go in whatever direction customers and the marketplace allow it to go. There are plenty of other alternatives to buy, and if the plane goes away no one will be without another choice.

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RichardsorMar. 26, 11 8:15 AM

Chip - This is looking a lot like government intervention into the operations of a private business ,you know the ones that need tax breaks and create Jobs ,Jobs ,Jobs...

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worldcitizenMar. 26, 11 8:55 AM

It's the new American model - ship jobs and intellectual property to China.

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sharkysharkMar. 26, 1110:38 AM

China has too much of our technology and jobs already. It's past time to put on the brakes!

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mnrhuneMar. 26, 1111:36 AM

Fine. Maybe instead, General Electric should invest in Cirrus. They should have plenty of cash, seeing as they didn't have to pay any federal corporate income taxes. Why don't General Electric shareholders suggest this, as a patriotic duty (unless the majority of GE shareholders aren't American, a scary thought).

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carlsonMar. 26, 1111:42 AM

Am I really hearing a Republican argue that the government should intervene in business decisions? Sounds like a hypocrite to me. And the national security issue? I guess so if you think China is likely to use cirruses to attack our f16's. What a joke.

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olitenupMar. 26, 11 5:42 PM

How do you all feel about the US Air Force Academy buying 25 Cirrus airplanes from communist China, to train our airforce pilots?

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mn_cameraMar. 26, 11 6:13 PM

Another grandstanding Republican, pretending to solve problems his party's policies helped create.

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jon_satstribMar. 29, 1110:34 AM

@carlson - Applying Cirrus technology to aircraft designs they got from us or someone else could certainly yield something that _could_ end up engaging our F-16 - or F-22s. Don't be so smugly arrogant.

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