Obama care about jobs
posted at 3/2/2013 5:38 PM EST
The other day, after a conflict-fraught deliberation process, the Obama Administration awarded the Light Air Support (LAS) contract to Brazilian-based Embraer over Beechcraft; a Wichita Kansas based company with a long history of supplying the U.S. military with aircraft. Had Beechcraft been granted the contract, the company expected to add or sustain 1,400 jobs in the U.S. The Embraer plane, on the other hand, will be primarily built in Brazil, with only about 50 assembly jobs in the U.S.
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After a long-drawn-out contracting process that has been marred in controversy and questionable conduct by government officials, the Pentagon and the Obama Administration have again decided to put taxpayers at risk and ship jobs overseas by allowing a foreign company to produce important components of our national security.
“On Thursday February 27th, Department of Defense (DOD) officials awarded the Light Air Support (LAS) contract to the Brazilian aircraft maker, Embraer. Interestingly and without explanation, the cost of the contract to taxpayers somehow ballooned from $355 million to $427.5 million, a 20 percent increase. With sequestration and billions of dollars in defense cuts set to take place, taxpayers should be outraged at this cost increase.
“By awarding the contract to the Brazilians, the Administration has once again failed to give Beechcraft, the American-made aircraft manufacturer vying for the contract, the full and fair consideration that was required during the procurement process…
“…Now, the Administration is doubling-down on their prior mistakes by putting a critical defense project in the hands of a foreign sovereign. The extent of the carnage this decision causes is not just limited to the millions that will be sent overseas for these 20 LAS aircraft in the near-term. There are broader implications and untold billions of taxpayer dollars at stake by the Pentagon’s decision to grant the U.S. Air Force’s seal of approval to a foreign entity – backed financially and politically by Brazil. The Brazilian government has a “golden share” in Embraer, which essentially translates into operational control of the company. Not only does this put tax dollars at risk with the Brazilian company, but also could threaten US national security. The Administration’s unjustifiable endorsement of this Brazilian company could be exploited by them to gain unfair and unwarranted advantages in the U.S. and around the world. Meanwhile, domestic manufacturers are forced to cut jobs and highly skilled workers remain unemployed here at home.
Re: Obama care about jobs
posted at 3/2/2013 6:22 PM EST
The contact was for a single engine turbo prop plane for afghanstan. the plane that won is the A-29, a plane that has been in production for sometime. Beechcraft had no plane that met the requirements. They were proposing to design a plane based on an existing trainer but they had no plane ready for the job.
Beechcraft had just emerged from bankruptcy. It was in bankruptcy when the orginal bid was awarded, which might have had something to do with them being excluded from the bidding.
the A-29 will be assembled in Florida. 86% of the plane is built from components built in the good ol US of A. The engine for the plane is made by..... Pratt and Whitney.
Embraer employs 1,200 people in the US.
One last thing - the Air Force awarded the contract not Obama.
are you ever right?
Re: Obama care about jobs
posted at 3/2/2013 7:06 PM EST