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Thousands of jobs coming to our region!
By Ponderer
September 6, 2023 10:18 am
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This last weekend, Donna and I took an overnight trip up to Phoenix, about two hours north of Tucson, to see the Orioles play the Arizona Diamond backs. First time either of us were ever in an enclosed stadium. Birds won (They're three games in first place in the league) and we had a great time. Our hotel was only three blocks away from the stadium which was so cool.

On the way back, we were about to pass something that piqued my interest on the way up. This gargantuan construction project a couple miles off the highway, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I had never seen so many giant construction cranes. It looked like it was going to be some huge power station or something like that. Except that those things are usually never this big! So we took the Riggs Road turn off to go see what the heck it was.

As we got as close as we could to it, a guard came out from his shack to see if we needed any help. He told us that the place was going to be making semiconductors and microchips. So when we got back home, I looked it up.

It turns out that this gigantically massive project is only part of a new $20-billion Intel expansion called Project Eagle and has been spurred on as part of Joe Biden's bipartisan (although the majority of GOPs voted against it) $250-billion bill to put America in the forefront of microchip manufacturing, so that we don't have to depend on China for these vastly important prime ingredients of modern life. Just this project has created 3,000 construction jobs and will require 15,000 new permanent positions to be filled when it's up and running.

I tell ya, if I had a few million bucks to invest, I'd be buying up some of the vacant land to build some affordable housing on near that thing. It's semi-surrounded by an island of expensive country club type housing that doesn't look very affordable. And this isn't even the only Intel plant in the region. I understand that there are two other facilities like it near there. Intel is already the largest employer in the city of Chandler, AZ.

This particular project that we saw had actually been started during Obama's administration but had been halted by Intel and was sitting mothballed for quite a few years since then. Now that it's going again, it stands to reason that Biden's "CHIPS and Science Act" was the impetus for it being revived.


So anyway, I just wanted to share this example of the tremendous benefits of the Biden Administration and its policies right here in our back yard.. I mean, it can't compare with the "Build The Wall Project" of a previous administration's job projects, but it's certainly something.

So... Thanks, Joe!!!




Cited and related links:

  1. reuters.com
  2. intel.com

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Comments on "Thousands of jobs coming to our region!":

  1. by Ponderer on September 6, 2023 10:20 am

    I also read that the tallest of those cranes on this project is currently the largest crane in the world.


  2. by Curt_Anderson on September 6, 2023 10:50 am
    Ponderer,
    Thanks for the on the scene report! Let us know how many Republicans who opposed the project and voted against it, show up to take credit for it.


  3. by Ponderer on September 6, 2023 11:37 am

    "Let us know how many Republicans who opposed the project and voted against it, show up to take credit for it." -Curt

    I'm gonna look into that. You got me wondering how our state's GOPs voted on it.

    Film at eleven...


  4. by Ponderer on September 6, 2023 12:14 pm

    Well, I found the 24 GOP House members who voted with the Democrats to pass the bill:

    GOP lawmakers who supported the measure include Reps. Jim Baird (Ind.), Troy Balderson (Ohio), Mike Carey (Ohio), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Tom Cole (Okla.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Mike Garcia (Calif.), Bob Gibbs (Ohio), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Kay Granger (Texas), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), Bill Johnson (Ohio), Dave Joyce (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), Young Kim (Calif.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Michael McCaul (Texas), David McKinley (W.Va.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Michael Turner (Ohio) and Fred Upton (Mich.).

    Not an Arizonan in the bunch.

    And these were the Nays in the Senate, including Bernie Sanders:

    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Blackburn (R-TN)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Braun (R-IN)
    Cotton (R-AR)
    Cramer (R-ND)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    Cruz (R-TX)
    Ernst (R-IA)
    Fischer (R-NE)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Hoeven (R-ND)
    Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Kennedy (R-LA)
    Lankford (R-OK)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Lummis (R-WY)
    Marshall (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Rounds (R-SD)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Scott (R-FL)
    Scott (R-SC)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Sullivan (R-AK)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Tuberville (R-AL)

    And apparently, this bill was Sinema's baby.
    thehill.com
    sinema.senate.gov
    senate.gov


  5. by Indy! on September 6, 2023 12:31 pm

    Sounded good until you got to the part about Bernie not signing on and it being Sinema's project. Has to be something wrong there. But congrats to your area - maybe you and Donna can find some sweet government subsidized jobs working there.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on September 6, 2023 12:52 pm

    The GOP is the home of openness and inclusion, acceptance, diversity, tolerance and, most of all...FREETHINKING!

    Thanks be.


  7. by Donna on September 6, 2023 1:02 pm

    I found the piece below on Bernie Sanders' website. It appeared in The Guardian and discusses the pros and cons of the CHIPS and Science bill.

    sanders.senate.gov


  8. by Indy! on September 6, 2023 1:41 pm

    Interesting - thanks, Donna. I'm in agreement with Bernie in principal. But I think the way we need to go about it is if we give these companies incentives to build here - they need to give back too. Maybe make it contingent on them not buying back their own stock for 5 years or no CEO bonuses for the same time period. Whatever - I don't know all the details, so I'm just spitballing. We do need to bring manufacturing back the US or the next time we pick a fight with the wrong country we might find ourselves in real trouble.


  9. by Ponderer on September 6, 2023 7:55 pm

    "Maybe make it contingent on them not buying back their own stock" -Indy!

    That actually is part of it! The money has to be spent on the projects.

    I think it was an opportunity for Bernie to vote his conscience without endangering the passage of the act. If he had been the deciding vote, I don't think he would have killed it.


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