UPDATE – Obama chose Brazilian planes over ours…jobs?

Editor’s Note – Back in November, SUA posted a story related to the one below about the Air Force choosing a Brazilian plane over an American manufactured Beechcraft model made in good old Wichita; smack dab in the middle of America. That article, entitled: “Air Force to purchase Brazilian planes – Obama nixes more jobs” turned out to be a very important article, much more than expected. Why you ask?

Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6B

Since that date of publishing, that one article received the most comments (Many, many nonpunishable) of any article in the last six months. We at SUA asked why, and it was clear that it had an awful lot to do with unions by the tenor of what was written. If not, it certainly ticked a great deal of people off and created quite a lively discussion, and we could not be prouder. If this kind of discourse gets raised here, we are most pleased; that is the goal. Thank you to all responders, pro and con.

Like many of Obama’s moves of late, his rhetoric does not match his actions. Jobs, jobs, jobs, yet he keeps stopping the growth of jobs. Instead, he picks winners and losers, and too often, you American workers are the loser. How is that Solyndra Syndrome working for you? Or, Keystone XL pipeline, and Hawker-Beechcraft?

Obama’s Stupid Moves Kill Jobs

By Fred Weinberg

Western Center for Journalism

Over the years, it has been my privilege to own a few airplanes. Under the right circumstances, they are tremendous business tools.

All but one of those aircraft were proudly manufactured in Wichita, Kansas by Americans who were skilled machinists, and held the high level skills you need to manufacture precision equipment which flies. Wichita is kind of a heartland aviation manufacturing Mecca. And, as you might imagine, times there are not particularly good.

Several of those aircraft were manufactured by Beechcraft, or as it is currently known, Hawker Beechcraft. They are the Lincolns and Cadillacs of small airplanes. They are the finest airplanes I have ever owned and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who owns or has owned a Beechcraft product who would disagree.

Except Barack Obama.

He’s more worried about sending our hard earned tax dollars to Brazil because, as he would put it, we need to recognize that we are in a global economy even at the expense of American manufacturing jobs.

Last week, despite the fact that our Air Force and its allies already own about 750 Beech AT-6 trainers, Obama’s henchmen in the Departments of Defense and Commerce sent hundreds of millions of tax dollars to Brazil’s Embraer to buy the Brazilian company’s light attack aircraft for our “friends” in Afghanistan.

Privately, our friends in the Department of Defense will tell you it was all politics.

Publicly, their spokespeople say that the contest “was conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations” and that the evaluation of the aircraft “was fair, open and transparent.”

Embraer Tucanos in flight

For the record, the highly skilled air forces which fly the Embraer aircraft are Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.

Now there’s a recommendation for you.

The Dominican Republic’s flyboys like it so we should spend a billion dollars with our “friends” in Brazil to buy them for our “friends” in Afghanistan.

Only Barack Obama could allow that logic to prevail. And as for our highly skilled manufacturers and their employees in Wichita? Screw them.

Between this and the Obama administration saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline which directly affects the same area of the nation, the term “stunningly stupid” from Newt Gingrich is very descriptive.

This is a President who is far worse than Jimmy Carter was in 1980.

Carter was merely a deer in the headlights.

Obama is an unindicted co-conspirator with the forces who would like to tear our economy to shreds because they see the free market economy as a threat to government authority.

And the result?

Best put, again, by Gingrich.

Obama is the “food-stamp President.” Because he truly has put more Americans on food stamps than any other President in history.

While Mitt Romney certainly does have plenty of private sector experience, the difference between what he could do to Barack Obama on the national stage and what Gingrich—albeit with all his baggage—can do is stark.

Gingrich is capable of jamming stunningly stupid actions such as those I’ve described above down the President’s throat in a manner which leaves no doubt in the minds of the American public as to how the issue will be framed.

Romney is a good guy but has a bad habit of allowing his opponents to frame the issues.

Yes, they both have baggage, but in a well thought out campaign, not nearly the mountain of baggage that Obama has been piling up since January 20, 2009.

When do we call Obama's failures – a complete failure?

Editor’s Note – Failing America, at every juncture – this time, again, energy independence!

Obama and energy, a failure, another failure, yet another, then another…every time, America suffers. At some point, even the “Fool-Aid” drinkers have to question his bona fides and diplomatic acumen. This administration fails, ALWAYS!

Health Care – Failure…yes its gonna fail at SCOTUS…Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Syria…FAILED diplomacy. Maybe if he bows, Canada and Brazil will forgive us as well!

Keystone Pipeline – FAILED America again…how is that old “Hope and Change” working for you. Now its Brazil saying…sorry Mr. Obama, we will go elsewhere.

Brazil Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President’s Incompetence

Yahoo Commentary

President Barack Obama has suffered the second embarrassment over oil importswithin the space of a week. Brazil, whose offshore deposits of oil were sought by the Obama administration, has signed contracts with China for the product.

According to the Washington Times, Brazilian offshore crude may number about 38 billion barrels. Obama went to Brazil last month to put in a bid for the oil, offering loans and other support to develop the oil in an “environmentally responsible matter,” The Hill reported at the time. Republicans criticized that initiative, pointing out Obama has placed roadblocks in the way of domestic development of oil and gas reserves.

Brazil’s decision comes on the heels of Obama’s refusal to permit the building of the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada’s tar sands in Alberta to Texas oil refineries, according to the Los Angeles Times. The decision was criticized by Republicans as well as union officials who point out that 20,000 jobs the pipeline would bring would therefore not be created.

Obama’s policy in regard to oil and gas has been a study in incompetence driven by an ideological mania against hydrocarbon fuel in favor of more politically correct forms of energy production. This has not only led to what amounts to a campaign against oil and gas production in the U.S., but embarrassing scandals such as Solyndra, brought on by unwise federal loan guarantees to dubious green energy companies.

This is occurring at a time when Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz through which much of the world’s oil passes from Persian Gulf fields. The very threat has led to a spike in the price of oil and of gasoline.

Unfortunately, Obama shows no sign of learning from his mistakes. A responsible president would move quickly to exploit more accessible sources of oil, lifting restrictions on domestic production and quickly signing off on the pipeline deal with Canada, an American ally. Obama, however, is doing neither of these things.

A new energy crisis this summer, brought on by turmoil in the Middle East, is not outside the realm of possibility. The bad news is Americans will suffer, just as they did in 1973 and 1979. The good news is Americans are likely to make their ire known at the polls in the fall. But it months of turmoil and agony lay ahead until then.

Obama: 'wet finger in the wind' decision maker

Editor’s Note – When China and Brazil drill in areas the current administration considers too fragile, yet supports their enterprises, then pushes the decision to allow the Keystone pipeline to a point after the elections, its about politics. Everything about this administration is about politics, yet they accuse everyone else of the same thing.

To believe anything the current President says is to believe in fairy tales. Obama castigated his predecessor for using ‘signing statements’ then does it himself, or makes myriad promises to his base, yet Gitmo lays open, one can only conclude that Obama will say and do anything to save his hide and ideology.

Latin oil supplies for U.S. start to dry up

Canadian pipeline can fill gap

By Patrice Hill at the Washington Times

The political and environmental debates swirling around the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas miss a crucial point, energy analysts say: The Canadian oil is needed to replace fast-dwindling production from two other major suppliers of oil — Mexico and Venezuela.

The United States remains the largest consumer of oil in the world, requiring more than 8 million barrels a day of fuel imports to feed its appetite, with nearly half of that coming from oil-rich neighbors in Latin America as recently as 2005.

But oil production south of the border has fallen off dramatically, and Canadian crude in recent years quietly overtook imports from Mexico, Venezuela and even Saudi Arabia to become the most important outside source of oil for the U.S.

The trend toward replacing unstable sources of oil in Latin America and the Middle East with reliable and friendly sources in Canada was heartily welcomed in political circles until the pipeline controversy broke out last year. After trying to delay a decision until after the presidential election, the White House agreed in a compromise with congressional Republicans to determine within the next two months whether to proceed with the pipeline.

Because nearly all of Canada’s production will come from the Alberta tar sands served by the Keystone pipeline, energy analysts say, the pipeline extension will be needed to ensure that promising trend continues and that the U.S. does not go back to relying inordinately on unstable and hostile suppliers.

“As traditional supplies of heavy crude from countries such as Mexico and Venezuela decline, Canadian oil sands become more important,” said Lucian Pugliaresi, an analyst with the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. Canada ships about 2.5 million barrels a day of crude to the U.S., more than twice as much as Mexico and Venezuela combined.

Growing impatient

He said environmentalists have a false idea that killing the pipeline will ensure the Canadian oil stays in the ground while forcing increased U.S. reliance on alternative fuels and conservation. Canada, he said, would continue to develop its vast oil reserves, but would sell it to another customer — most likely China.

Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said it is little wonder that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened to open routes to Asia after the Obama administration delayed a decision on approving the Keystone pipeline in November.

“Canada cannot be wholly dependent on the vagaries of U.S. politics,” he said. Rising tensions and instability around the world should “give new urgency to assuring that North America’s oil resources are developed to what is now their much greater potential,” and that will require construction of the XL pipeline, he said.

Expansion of the vast pipeline network between the U.S. and Canada is the most efficient way to funnel the tar sands oil to consumers — generating fewer environmental pollutants than an overseas route to Asia, analysts say. They add that it seems a natural fit, given the historically friendly and beneficial economic ties between the countries.

U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast, where Canadian oil would be sent in the Keystone plan, are geared up to turn the heavy tar sands crude into gasoline and other essential fuels because of their experience refining heavy crudes from Mexico and Venezuela. The processing of heavy crudes requires costly equipment upgrades not available at all refineries.

Because oil production from Mexico and Venezuela fell drastically in the past decade, the Gulf Coast refineries now have the capacity to process an additional 500,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude that would come through the pipeline. Refineries closer to Canada — in Chicago, for example — are operating at full production and do not have the capacity to handle more crude.

Jobs versus environment

Mr. Obama’s decision on the pipeline often has been portrayed as one pitting jobs versus the environment. Construction of the pipeline would create thousands of construction jobs, at least temporarily. Meanwhile, powerful environmental groups remain fiercely opposed to development of the tar sands because the extraction process releases more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than conventional drilling.

Patrick Moore, a former leader of Greenpeace who dropped out of the environmental movement because he disagreed with its almost single-minded focus on global warming, said Canada has one of the best records of any country on protecting the environment.

Environmental activists “live in a dream world,” he said, where they believe exotic, expensive and intermittent energy sources like wind and solar power will soon replace proven fuels like oil and coal — even though those conventional fuels provide an overwhelming share of the world’s energy and will continue to do so for decades.

“We need oil now and we’ll need it for the foreseeable future, so it matters greatly where the oil comes from,” he said. “Canadian producers must meet some of the toughest environmental and social standards on the planet” — far above the world’s other top oil producers.

Energy analysts say the decision goes far beyond the tension between jobs and the environment. The battle over the pipeline may determine whether the U.S. is able to cultivate reliable sources of oil in its own backyard or will continue to be whipsawed by the vagaries of politics and foreign suppliers.

Beyond the border

Oil production in Venezuela has been on the decline since President Hugo Chavez — who is openly hostile to the U.S. — nationalized the country’s resources in the past decade, making what was once a top source of imported fuel now among the most iffy for U.S. consumers.

Meanwhile, production in Mexico’s huge oil fields — the largest of which was once as prolific and extensive as Saudi Arabia’s — has peaked and is rapidly falling. Mexico lacks the technological expertise to maintain output in its aging wells, and its constitution prohibits teaming with Western oil companies to do so.

The question goes beyond replacing one source of foreign oil with another, energy specialists say. Enormous reserves of oil that are trapped in shale rock have been discovered in the U.S.

Technological advances such as “fracking,” which fractures the rock to release oil, have started to produce significant amounts of fuel.

The biggest shale oil producer, North Dakota, pumps more than 450,000 barrels a day. About 100,000 barrels of North Dakota’s output were slated to be funneled into the Keystone pipeline, a move that would have encouraged further development of such domestic oil reserves.

“The project is an essential piece of new petroleum infrastructure as the midcontinent region of the United States no longer has any water-borne imports,” Mr. Pugliaresi said.

He noted that Ohio may be the next to start producing oil from the shale rock underlying the state.

In Canada, leaders are patiently awaiting Mr. Obama’s decision and remain hopeful, but they have made clear they will continue to exploit their oil resources with or without the U.S. Ottawa has the option of building a pipeline to its west coast, where the oil could be loaded onto tankers and shipped to Asian markets.

China appears to be waiting eagerly. Three of its state-owned oil companies have established stakes and spent $10 billion developing the Canadian tar sands. One has shown interest in helping to build a west coast pipeline.

“It’s a bit naive to think the tar sands would not be developed if they don’t build that pipeline,” Austan Goolsbee, Mr. Obama’s former top economic adviser, told the Economic Club of Canada last month. “Eventually, it’s going to be built. It may go to the Pacific, it may go through Nebraska, but it’s going be built somewhere.”

Air Force to purchase Brazilian planes – Obama nixes more jobs

Editor’s Note – In this year of Presidential race politics, with National Security and Jobs/Economy the top concerns of the American voter, why is Obama continually finding ways to kill jobs. The delay on the Canadian oil pipeline until after the election means thousands of jobs will not be filled, maybe ever. Then there is this $1 Billion Air Force project going to a foreign company. Not just any company, but one with ties to Iran. How does this make sense? Your tax dollars are going overseas and possibly into the very hands of our enemies.

Remember, when the Pentagon spends money inside the United States, tax-payer money, those funds go into our economy. It creates jobs, and the money earned goes directly into the system, keeping others employed, all with our tax dollars. Instead, that money will go to Brazil. That is a double hit on our economy.

Obama Admin Bans US Aircraft Maker, Favors Non-US Firm with Ties to Iran on Light Aircraft Project

PJ Tattler

By Bryan Preston

Late Thursday the Obama administration abruptly knocked Kansas aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft out of contention for a $1 billion project to make a fleet of lightweight counterinsurgency aircraft for the Air Force. Hawker Beechcraft is, understandably, disturbed and asking questions.

The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said.

The company had hoped to its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer, would be chosen for the Light Air Support Counter Insurgency aircraft for the Afghanistan National Army Corps. The chosen aircraft also would be used as a light attack armed reconnaissance aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.

Hawker Beechcraft AT-6

The piston planes are designed for counterinsurgency, close air support, armed overwatch and homeland security, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Hawker Beechcraft officials said in a news release that they were “confounded and troubled” by the Air Force’s decision. The company said it is asking the Air Force for an explanation and will explore all options.

Hawker Beechcraft said it had been working with the Air Force for two years and had invested more than $100 million to meet the Air Force’s requirements for the plane. It noted that the Beechcraft AT-6 had been found capable of meeting the requirements in a demonstration program led by the Air National Guard.

“We have followed the Air Force’s guidance close, and based on what we have seen, we continue to believe that we submitted the most capable, affordable and sustainable light attack aircraft,” the company said.

The company has said that winning the contract would have kept its T-6 production line running after 2015. About 1,400 employees in 20 states – including 800 at Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita – work on the AT-6 and T-6 programs for Beechcraft and its U.S. suppliers and partners.

So that’s another 1,400 American jobs lost. And it gets worse. By knocking Hawker Beechcraft out, the Pentagon has limited the “competition” to one company, a company that is not only not an American manufacturer, it’s a government-owned entity with ties to our enemies. The company is Embraer, which is controlled by the government of Brazil and has close ties to the government of Iran, as Timothy Lee wrote for the Tatler on Nov. 10.

According to the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, “In 1989, Brazil chose to sell Tucanos, Embraer’s relatively low cost and basic military aircraft, to Iran.” Currently, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force operates around 40 Embraer T-27 Tucanos, according to the Washington Institute. In fact, the Iranians use the Tucano as their primary close air support aircraft.

In recent years, Brazil has continued its troubling friendship with Iran and ruthless leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Hudson Institute notes that, “Another area of tension between Brazil and the United States relates to Iran. In November 2009, President da Silva invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Brazil. In May 2010, da Silva helped broker a deal in which Iran would ship only a portion of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey for reprocessing; the rest would remain in Iranian hands, where it could be further enriched for nuclear weapon production.”

That willingness to set ethics aside for the betterment of their bottom line illustrates the danger in the US purchasing military aircraft from Brazil.

The matter becomes even more troublesome as news trickles out about the recent Iran-lead assassination attempts on Saudi/US officials on American soil. Even more recently, details have emerged implicating Iran as the mastermind of an illegal plot to smuggle electronic components used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) out of the US through Iran for US on our troops in Iraq.

Why is the administration making a decision to exclude an American manufacturer in favor of a maker with such a history? This is the Obama administration’s second billion-dollar giveaway to the Brazilian government in 2011; the first was its outrageous offshore oil loan guarantee decision in March. The two decisions siphon more than $2 billion and more than 21,000 jobs out of the US economy. Of the two, putting a foreign manufacturer with ties to our enemies in charge of a project to build anti-terror weaponry may be the most disturbing. And this is the Obama administration’s second major decision against an American aircraft manufacturer, the first being the NLRB’s unprecedented lawsuit against Boeing and its South Carolina Dreamliner plant. Both states impacted — Kansas and South Carolina — are right-to-work states. And then there’s this president’s sustained rhetorical war against corporate jet owners. Somebody has to make those jets, and Hawker Beechcraft is among the manufacturers indirectly targeted.