I found your opinion piece "Electric Slide" misinformed and negative, and it shows why you failed economics in college. Investments in manufacturing create two types of jobs: "primary"-the 25-jobs estimate you cite-and "secondary," which you failed to consider.
Investment in a new electric-motor plant creates an incentive to build additional manufacturing capacity for other industrial applications that could use the electric motors produced by the GM plant, including not just GM cars but other domestic and internal brands, and for use in trucks, forklifts, tractors, and anywhere else a 130-horsepower, 400-foot-torque motor is needed. Those "secondary" jobs will include those at other manufacturing facilities for other applications, truck drivers, and diners, and lunch counters who benefit from the business generated by the plant.
I would rather see those jobs happen here in Baltimore, and not China, India, Japan, or South Carolina, and the only way that will happen is by investment by those willing to take the risk that the future demand for electric motors will be strong. And those investments with higher risk sometimes yield higher rewards, which is another economic principle that you apparently never learned.
Finally, I would rather have the money go to high-paying jobs in manufacturing then low-paying jobs at a casino, stadium, racetrack, or convention center. To me and most people who understand economics, this is a sound investment.
I have no stake in the matter at all, but felt the need to send a rebuttal to the dumbest opinion piece I have ever read.