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September 22, 2014 at 6:08 AM

No deal in Congress on Ex-Im Bank points to problems in both Washingtons

Delaying a vote on the Ex-Im Bank will impact businesses small and large, creating uncertainty about the availabilty of credit for foreign purchasers of American-made goods. Airplanes, for instance. (Photo by Mike Siegel/ Seattle Times)

Delaying a vote on the Ex-Im Bank will impact businesses small and large, creating uncertainty about the availabilty of credit for foreign purchasers of American-made goods. Airplanes, for instance. (Photo by Mike Siegel/ Seattle Times)

Another nine months of limbo for the federal Export-Import Bank spells big trouble for Washington exporters, large and small. A decision by Republican House leaders last week not to debate the bank’s reauthorization and kick the matter down the road is every bit as much a failure as the squabbling last year that shut down the federal government. Alas, an argument that doesn’t happen never gets as much attention as an argument that does. So Washington state needs to be attentive and place the blame where it is due, for missed business opportunities, sales that go to companies in other countries, and the first step toward a unilateral disarmament that will wreak havoc on Washington’s largest business, Boeing. House GOP leaders last week decided not to permit a vote on bills that would have extended the nation’s export-credit agency for a longish term of five or seven years. Instead they slipped a more modest proviso into the usual “continuing resolution” that allows the federal government to continue functioning, keeping the bank alive until next June 30. Certainly it was better than allowing the 80-year-old institution to expire on Sept. 30, which is what would have happened otherwise. But it is an unwarranted genulflection by Republican leaders toward a faction within the party’s ranks that sees the bank as an affront to free-market principles.

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Comments | Topics: Airbus, Boeing, ex-im

December 17, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Disorganized labor: Union complaints about Jay Inslee and Boeing contract

Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, chastised two of Washington’s top political leaders for being “absolutely disrespectful to the Machinists and to the labor movement.” Yes, they had the audacity to be concerned about the long-term economic welfare of thousands of Boeing employees. The nerve!

 

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council. (The Seattle Times)

Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council.
(The Seattle Times)

Johnson was as bent out of shape as a piece of an outsourced 787, with his finger wag published Monday on the state labor council’s online news site, The Stand.

The headline read: “Outside pressure on Machinists disrespectful.” Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, were entitled to their opinions, Johnson opined, but he was upset they were so publicly supportive of Boeing’s offer. Inslee and Larsen wanted the members of IAM District Council 751 to have another vote on a revised offer from the company. Let union members decide on the adequacy of the offer, described here at a union site, and vote it up or down.

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Comments | Topics: Boeing, Jay Inslee, labor

July 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Asiana fake pilot names a juvenile joke from NTSB on KTVU TV

On Friday, KTVU TV in the Bay Area reported the names of the Asiana pilots on air, and named four fake Asian-sounding names: “Captain Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Here is the video of the news report.

Get it? Captain Sum Ting Wong rhymes with Captain Something Wrong.

After the social media world went after KTVU and the nonprofit Asian American Journalists Association started asking questions, the National Transportation Safety Board apologized and acknowledged that a summer intern “erroneously confirmed the pilot names,” in a Friday news release. KTVU also issued an apology Friday.

AAJA released a statement saying, “Those names were not only wrong, but so grossly offensive that it’s hard for us at the Asian American Journalists Association to fathom how those names made it on the broadcast.” In fact, a KTVU staff member hung up on AAJA President Paul Cheung when he called to ask how the names appeared on air, according to Cheung.

To put this in context, this is an aviation disaster in which three people died, many were critically injured, possibly paralyzed, and the government agency charged with investigating the crash made a joke of it.

When the agency held a news conference reporting the final minutes of pilot dialogue before the crash, should we consider that a joke too? Perhaps it would be helpful if the agency’s final report about the Asiana 777 crash in San Francisco was issued in gibberish, which the NTSB could claim was Korean.

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Comments | Topics: aerospace, Boeing, race

July 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Asiana 214 raises more questions than answers

In the days following Saturday’s Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport, everyone wants to know what happened. I commend the National Transportation Safety Board

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman gives updates on the Asiana Airline crash investigation at a press conference in South San Francisco, California, on Monday, July 8, 2013. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman gives updates on the Asiana Airline crash investigation at a press conference in South San Francisco, California, on Monday, July 8, 2013. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

and its chair, Deborah Hersman, for being on the ground and carefully delivering information to a curious public. The Korean-based airline’s public relations department has also been forthright about the names and experience of the pilots involved. We can’t ask for much more as the investigation continues.

Below, scroll down to see a helpful interactive by the Associated Press explaining how many people were on the plane at the time, where they’re from, the flight route and photos of the crash.

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Comments | Topics: 214, asiana, Boeing

June 18, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Props for Boeing and Washington at the Paris Air Show

2013 Paris Air Show(AP Photo: Jacques Brinon) The Pacific Northwest’s  reputation for building the world’s best airplanes is getting its proper respect , according to U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens. Larsen is filling in for Gov. Inslee, who was grounded in Olympia by the Legislature’s failure to launch the next state budget. Larsen, in a conference call…

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Comments | Topics: Boeing, congress, international trade

March 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Paine Field is on the budget sequester radar

The lunacy of the federal budget sequester continues to be revealed in stunning ways. The air traffic control tower at Paine Field in Snohomish County is on the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of possible tower closures. You know Paine Field, the one next to the nation’s largest exporter, The Boeing Company. The place where planes are…

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Comments | Topics: Boeing, economy, exports airplanes