Boeing, The Military Contract, A Continueing Saga
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE Lou Dobbs! He covers issues a lot of news media just won’t handle or else they just give you the sound bites every OTHER news carrier has. Not Lou Dobbs though! I watch him every night if I can, unless he is covering the candidates. I’ve just about had a gut full of them.
Anyway, I was listening to his show and they started to talk about Boeing again and the Military. You can read the full transcript HERE: One of his listeners had the most brilliant idea I’ve heard in a long time. It was good old-fashioned USA ingenuity!
DOBBS: He’s following the law to the letter, is he? Well let me just if I may share with you, and with you, just wait there for a second, this from a viewer in California who wrote in with what I think is a powerful, compelling suggestion for the United States Air Force tanker deal.
This isn’t going to please Northrop Grumman. It’s not going to please Boeing air craft, but it just may please taxpayers. It just might please your sense of fair play, your sense of innovation, American know how and inventiveness.
A fellow by the name of Ralph Ricks (ph) is an aviation buff and wrote in to suggest to me that the U.S. Air Force instead of all this, buy used Boeing 767s and McDonnell Douglas DC-10s with thousands of hours left on their air frames and engines and convert them into tankers, which he believes could be done for a pittance by comparison to the $35 to $40 billion that is at play in this deal.
How brilliant is that? Mr. Ricks is a genius! I hope you don’t mind I posted your idea here. If you do, I’ll certainly remove it. Since I don’t know your email addy and the Lou Dobbs show didn’t post it, I can’t ask you personally. Just let me know if you come across this blog! But I certainly thank you for the great idea. I hope the military will take advantage of it! By the way, did you send your idea to them directly?
Earlier in the broadcast the guy from the military said he was highly concerned about the US economy and didn’t think we could support a contract as big as the one given to EADS/Northrup Grumman. Can you believe that shit? How they have the B***s to say things like that on the air is beyond me. This guy should be fired. Read on:
Christine Romans has our report.
ROMANS (voice-over): A standing ovation for the men and women of the Air Force. But tough questions for Air Force brass, who hired European company EADS to build 179 aerial refueling tankers. Why would the Air Force spend $35 billion in taxpayer dollars to a company being sued by the U.S. government for unfair trade subsidies?
SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D), WASHINGTON: We have a contract going to a company that we do as a country have a case against because of those illegal subsidies.
MICHAEL WYNNE, AIR FORCE SECRETARY: We believe we accurately followed the laws and arrived at a decision selecting the better of two very qualified competitors.
ROMANS: The Air Force chose a tanker based on the Airbus A330, much of it to be built overseas, then assembled in Atlanta. The mid-sized Boeing offering based on a 757 was rejected. Boeing says 85 percent of its claim would be American made. Boeing and some lawmakers contend the larger Airbus tanker would require larger hangars and longer runways.
MARK MCGRAW, BOEING AERIAL TANKER PROGRAM: The fuel used, the repair cost, the impact on the Air Force’s infrastructure — think hangars now, was much less on our product. That was going to save the Air Force and the U.S taxpayer billions of dollars.
ROMANS: Northrop Grumman is EADS American partner and says 48,000 American jobs will be created by the tanker deal and called concerns about outsourcing hype and misinformation.
PAUL MEYER, NORTHROP GRUMMAN: This will provide a significant boom in the southeast. We have 230 suppliers, all U.S. based. So we’re not sure the hype of losing 40-plus thousand jobs that don’t even exist today in the Boeing camp, much less on ours.
ROMANS: As for the Air Force, officials again and again said the contract was awarded legally. But Senator Patty Murray of Washington questioned whether complicated procurement and trade laws were undermining American economic and national security. When pressed, the Air Force secretary admitted concern about the fragile manufacturing base in this country.
MURRAY: I’m asking if you think the current procurement process reflects the needs of the defense, of our defense?
WYNNE: I think right now I worry about the industrial base of the future. I think we started losing our industrial base in 1990 and I think our market doesn’t support a large industrial base right now.
Oh really? And could that be because Congress and the Presidents have done everything they could to send away American jobs? Between illegal immigration driving wages down and outsourcing American jobs, seems to me there is a reason for this problem. And it can be reversed, but it has to start SOMEWHERE!
Also, if we can handle supplying EADS with parts, how come we can’t accomplish what the Air Force needs? I’m tired of hear about outsourcing, our borders, our military, our jobs. Give us back what you stole from us Washington or feel the wrath of the American People, WE the PEOPLE!
Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s website:www.house.gov/tiahrt
Sen. Patty Murray’s website:www.murray.senate.gov
Let’s rock the capitol with our voices and let them know how we feel on this and other issues! And Lou? Keep up the great work! We are listening!