Typically, an Alabamian fights over football, wrestling, drinking in dry counties, and accusations against his political affiliation. This week....some Bama folks stood up to fight for jobs. Actually, they were fighting to steal jobs from Ohio.
There's this intelligence center up at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, where 3,000 intelligence jobs sit. The Bama congressional delegation sent a letter to Army General Ron Burgess who heads up the Defense Intelligence Agency asked about relocating these jobs to Huntsville.
This would actually consolidate a lot of intelligence around the ballistic missile and space analysis functions already there at Huntsville.
Naturally, this letter upset a number of Ohio folks....especially some politicians from up there.
One response was that this was an effort of one state trying to steal jobs from another. I sat and paused over that.
Frankly, Bama has been actively doing this for over a decade now. We even tried to take the Volkswagen plant and have it put in Huntsville as well.
But you have to view this in the opposite position. Why aren't folks trying to come and steal jobs from Bama? There's all these technology and fancy engineer companies in existence there in North Alabama....why not try to steal those?
For some reason, no one is really interested in coming down to steal Bama jobs. This could lead you to two conclusions. First, no one can come up with a great argument why they should move to a more expensive state, pay more state income taxes somewhere else, or face up to more crime as part of the move. The second conclusion could be that once a guy gets used to Bama living...why would he ever want to leave (sarcastically said of course)?
So we come back to this letter to the general and whether something might happen. My guess is that the general really wishes these Bama guys had never sent this letter. He now has a bunch of idiot Ohio political figures calling his office and wanting his opinion on something that he doesn't want to think about.
As for the 3,000 intelligence guys in Dayton, Ohio? They probably are sitting there on the patio this evening...sipping a Pabst...eating some bar-b-q....and wondering how their lives would change in Bama.
Call it a fantasy or a dream...but they sit and dream of NCAA football, husky & lusty Bama gals, leaf burning in the yard on a cold October Bama afternoon, flea markets, Baptist church revivals, 1,500 square foot garages, some neighbor named Wendy who wears a bikini top twelve months out of the year, and a all-you-can-eat catfish platter that would make you weep all evening long at a cost of $9.99.
At that point, these Ohio guys start grinning and thinking "Bama" everyday of the week. Heck, maybe the General is now thinking "Bama" too.