“Would You Like To Play A Game, City Council?”

wargamesHey, remember this economic mushroom cloud ray of sunshine from last week?

The Kansas City Council on Thursday unanimously approved rezoning required for a nuclear weapons complex planned for Missouri 150 and Botts Road.

The rezoning was the next step to moving the $673 million project forward. The 1.5 million-square-foot facility would replace the existing plant at the Bannister Federal Complex that manufactures non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons.

Council members said the new tax revenues the plant would generate would benefit local governments….It also is expected to keep 2,100 well-paid jobs.

Grand, eh? With the world the way it is these days, weapons-parts manufacturing should be one of the few recession-proof industries, right? The folks at Cyberdyne Industries Honeywell should be in the ol’ catbird sea– wait, what’s this?

U.S. And Russia Take Step To Cut Nuclear Arms

President Obama signed an agreement on Monday to cut American and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals by at least one-quarter, a first step in a broader effort intended to reduce the threat of such weapons drastically and to prevent their further spread to unstable regions.

Under Monday’s agreement, the Start [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] successor treaty would reduce the ceiling on strategic warheads to somewhere between 1,500 and 1,675 warheads within seven years, down from the current ceiling of 2,200 warheads by 2012. The limit on delivery vehicles — land-based intercontinental missiles, submarines and bombers — would be somewhere from 500 to 1,100, down from the 1,600 currently allowed.

Damn you, peaceniks! There’s no money to be made in arms reduction! What are we supposed to do now — retrofit the plant to manufacture hacky sacks and hemp clothing?



Filed under City Government, Economics, In the News, Politics

4 responses to ““Would You Like To Play A Game, City Council?”

  1. Ryan

    The factories will then be able to talk only about how awesome Phish is.

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  3. Your thinking is too narrow. Don’t you know we’re in a global economy? The U.S. isn’t the only customer for non-newkular parts for newkular weapons. There are plenty of countries willing to buy them (Pakistan, Iran, China, India, even Israel).

  4. Dino

    Iran still hasn’t forgiven us from the time we sold them parts during the Iran-Iraq war. When they tried to detonate a bomb, a large flag with “Ka-BOOM!” written in a cartoonish script unfurled.

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