“The sale and manufacturing of F-16 aircraft by Lockheed Martin supports hundreds of skilled jobs in Florida. The sale of these aircraft will save 477 direct jobs and 1,446 indirect jobs in Florida,” said Gov. Scott in the letter dated on Aug. 2.
Gov. Scott’s letter also ventrured into the world of geo-politics, citing the 2010 United States Defense Intelligence Agency’s assessment on Taiwan defense capabilities that showed “a clear need for improved aircraft for Taiwanese defense.”
At the end of the letter, Scott made clear that although the unemployment rate in Florida is at its lowest point since 2009, 10.6 percent, or 980,000 out-of-work Floridians, is still too high. Scott did not miss the opportunity to needle Obama over the closing of the Space Shuttle Program which has killed many high-paying jobs in the state.
Now, if only Rick Scott would write another letter, this one expressing support for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. After all, full-funding for the F-35’s budget could make a real difference in Florida’s unemployment rate.
And if Scott wished to venture again into geopolitics, perhaps he could discuss the fact that the Chinese and Russians have introduced developmental aircraft prototypes that signify both capabilities and intentions to enter the stealth aircraft game.
Information from news channel ‘Focus Taiwan’ and the military blog ‘Second Act’ was used in this post.