Wednesday, March 26, 2008
McCain Helps Outsource Defense Industry
The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a $100 billion defense contract to build air-refueling tanker to a French company called Airbus, which, ironically, has never built a tanker in its history, according to Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).
McCain says that "I have always insisted that the Air Force buy major weapons through fair and open competition. Doing so helps assure that it will acquire the most capable, most cost-effective option, for the benefit of the joint warfighter and the taxpayer."
Airbus, which is a subsidiary company of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., has certainly not prospered through "fair and open competition," as McCain claims it has. In fact, Airbus was started by the socialist governments of France, England, Germany, and Spain, in an attempt to cut into the aircraft market previously dominated by the U.S.
It is no wonder then, that Airbus was able to offer a more "cost-effective" bid. Airbus was able to offer its rosy estimate not only because it is heavily subsidized by the socialist governments of Western Europe, but also because it has never built tankers before, unlike Boeing, which has done so for many years.
One of John McCain's biggest complaints against Boeing getting the tanker contract was that Boeing had previously employed a woman while she was still a member of the U.S. Air Force. Interestingly enough, John McCain once worked in a similar dual military/citizen capacity when he was a member of the U.S. Navy.
As he did on the issue of immigration, John McCain again is fighting the best interests of the American people by lobbying to ship thousands of defense jobs from Kansas and Washington, just when our country is suffering from economic crisis. McCain's devotion to free trade is destroying the American heartland, just like his devotion to amnesty almost allowed the unthinkable to happen on our borders.
We need a President who will fight for working-Americans in Topeka, Kansas and Seattle, Washington, not for the socialist governments in Spain, England, and Germany. Airbus was started to destroy the American aircraft industry, never knowing that it would have American politicans like John McCain to help it succeed.
John McCain is willing to fight for anybody, whether it be illegal immigrants from Mexico or socialists in Spain--anybody, that is, with the exception of the average working Americans whom he is supposed to represent.
Self-reliance was a virtue that Republicans used to practice. Under President McCain, America will become dependant on foreigners for everything--even the weapons that we need to defend ourselves with. The United States won World War Two by the power of our industrial might, and by the strength and determination of our people, not by relying on the Europeans to make our tanks and trucks for us.
Nazi Germany lost because of the overwhelming force of American planes, tanks, and guns, after it had run slip-shod over a Western Europe incapable of defending itself--the same Western Europe that John McCain trusts to defend America instead of America itself.