A battle over a controversial idea to produce a sort of back-up or replacement engine for a single-engined fighter jet puts innocent GE workers and businesses surrounding the plant in Lynn in the crossfire. Getting the contract would be great for Lynn and GE, but is it good for the taxpayers across the US? I don't know. But it seems as though GE should have had the primary contract in the first place, instead of Pratt and Whitney, and then we wouldn't be having the discussion about backup engines. Watch this video, produced by WGBH's Greater Boston and featuring City Councilor Capano, and you'll learn that GE has a better record for reliability - it seems to me at least, that's the way to save money.
And the obligatory song: Not Behind the Fighter Jet by Guided by Voices (audio quality not up to standards but best I could find)