Monday, October 4, 2010
ATK Space Age for Utah hangs on Principle for Prosperity
ATK, or Alliant Techsystems a mid-level United States aerospace and defense contractor, is a major supplier of ammunitions and related accessories to law enforcement agencies and commercial customers throughout the United States, and that division is headquartered in Clearfield, Utah, while the main headquarters is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company with some 18,000 employees in 22 different states has seen phenomenal growth with ammunition demands throughout the U.S.; more recently since the Obama Administration came to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
As important to Utah, is that ATK is the sole manufacturer of the reusable Solid Rocket Motor used to launch the NASA Space Shuttle. As part of ATK’s growth spurt in 2000, Thiokol propulsion was purchased that is centered in Promontory, Utah, just outside Brigham City, Utah: where yours truly went to High school graduating in 1984 from Box Elder High.
Last month ATK announced they would lay off 426 Utah workers from the Ares Rocket Project based in Utah as the Democrat controlled Congress killed the Constellation Program of which Ares was a part of. The Constellations Program would have returned astronauts to the moon and prolonged life of the space station till 2020.
ATK workers have been hit hard by layoffs. In the past 2 years; 450 employees in August of 2009, 500 workers in October of 2009, and 800 layoffs planned for 2010, yet ATK’s Patterson has praised Republican Congressman Bishop, who serves in that area known as Utah’s 1st Congressional District. Without Senate Bill 3729, Patterson said the damage to ATK could have been worse.
From WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), a former teacher at Box Elder though I never had him as a teacher there, released the following statement regarding an announcement made by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) that approximately 450 Utahns will be laid off today, September 30, 2010.
“Many of the people who are being notified of layoffs are my friends and neighbors, so this hits close to home.
“This is an unfortunate reality that far too many Utahns and Americans across the country are facing during these challenging economic times, and just as frustrating, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi seem intent on exacerbating the problems. In this instance, earlier action from Congress and full support of Ares and Constellation would have provided a more seamless transition and would have helped avoid major layoffs.
“We’ve been fighting this battle for months, but the Democrat leaders in Congress wouldn’t allow solutions, either in the NASA reauthorization bill or through the appropriations process, to come to the floor. Congressional leaders refused to pass a budget or an appropriations bill; instead they passed a continuing resolution, a stop-gap measure that keeps government running but does not sufficiently fund programs like Constellation.
“The current Administration’s job-killing policies have created nationwide uncertainty that continues to be severely detrimental to job growth and economic stability. I recognize the negative impacts that are coming from stupid decisions in NASA and Congress, and I will keep fighting to reverse these current policies. What we need is a different attitude within this Administration and a better balance in Congress, and when Congress does come back, we will continue this battle.”
My problem with this statement is the clear and present danger represented by the Republican Parties ability to blame Democrats for all the evils, such as not allowing solutions to come to the floor, job killing policies creating nationwide uncertainty for job growth and economic stability, yet NOT ONE PEEP out of him about PRINCIPLE’S OF OUR CONTITUTION that could knock Obama’s policies on their Democrat Asses.
Has Congressmen Bishop supported any effort towards the Constitution with regard to Obama’s eligibility as President? He sure hasn’t, and I have written Bishop informing him of the eligibility issue of Obama, and my contesting the 2008 election with standing, even as I did Senator Hatch, and Senator Bennett several times each. Not a peep out of them supporting the Constitution’s demands that our President be a ‘natural born citizen, yet they complain and bemoan Utah losing hundreds of jobs saying it’s so close to their heart and home.
I call Elephant Dung, a big heap of fertilizer fit for the manure spreader on this crock of crap. Why in the world would fear be spreading like a cankerous worm within the ranks of Republicans and for that matter our Government if they were boldly standing on firm ground our Constitution represents and fighting the good fight of principle that beckoned economic prosperity if properly instituted?
Obama’s has a record of dual citizenship that alone should nix him as the weakest timber based on our Constitution’s firmly planted foundation. Why it ought to so easily snap Obama and his policy with him that it wouldn’t even take a day’s work in Congress yet they cry and wail like women in travail giving birth in what I can only call Constitutional hypocrisy.
Everyone knows you can’t be a dual citizen and be President and Obama’s dual citizenship in Kenya through his father a British Subject is well documented and does not need a long form birth certificate to confirm. Obama’s mother was not a citizen 14 years to be able to confirm his U.S. Citizenship, and worse than that is the blatant change in Hawaii’s change in language in Obama’s nomination 2008 from previous presidential nomination certifying the candidate as qualified under the Constitution such as 2000 and 2004 you can see and compare here
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What more evidence do you need! I’m angry because these guys are sacrificing jobs and economic prosperity with their spineless defense of our Constitution and its costing people I know and grew up with unnecessary pain and suffering.
Now you ask me where the line is drawn between standing up for the Constitution and seeing Economic prosperity. Nowhere is it more plainly evident than in this example right in our Utah back yard. Now in anyone’s right mind, why would you support the Republican U.S. Senate Candidate ATK? Or Brigham City? Or Clearfield? Do you like being represented by manure for brains? Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up! Or your certainly will lose your right to complain with complacency.
Why do I cry with such alarm…because I care and I love Utah; I care and I love our Constitution and I will fight for you like no one has. I have been fighting for this for a long time but no one seems to have put 2 + 2 together and how “Principle” purports “Profit” but it is my firm conviction that as a Nation we are blessed when it comes to supporting principles of freedom and liberty and we are cursed when we abandon those principles.
We can fix this, we can restore this, we can spread our wings and fly and it’s my most sincere hope that not only will ATK further expand their horizons but that we will someday be able to take citizen tours to the moon and become a part of space operations heretofore offered to only NASA astronauts.
I had a dream a few years ago that I was like one of the first citizens to take a trip like this on a rocket space craft. I certainly believe in our space program as fundamentally necessary as the pavement of our highways, or education of our children. I’m very excited where we can go and that even as the first explorations and trails of the west were plowed through by our pioneers and mountain men, that provided a way for the rest of us to enjoy the west, that NASA’s astronauts and engineers are these pioneers of space, a new frontier for all of us in the near future, as our abundance of natural gas, shale oil, and energy independence productivity makes things much more affordable than we can possibly imagine right now.
We must make the right choices and I want you to make a choice for me to be your U.S. Senator. Write my name on your ballot, Cody Judy U.S. Senate, and let me show you where my dreams will take us. America is supposed to be a place where you can dream a dream and where you can see the dream come true. I believe what we dream we can achieve.