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.

Democrats don’t have the votes for Obama jobs bill – Durbin

Editor’s Note– From podium to plane, the White House Jobs Bill speeches fly through the microphones in cities going from East to West and back again, but it seems that no one in Washington DC is listening or buying in. The Jobs Bill was dead on arrival, and one could tell because Obama himself was already casting the Congress as a “Do Nothing” institution so he could claim the high ground as he stumps across the country. The straw man has been set in place, and even the Democrats can see it.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin

The Senate does not have the votes, so why no support for the Obama Jobs Bill?

Three key reasons include:

  1. A tax increase on the wealthy, the job creators;
  2. an extension of unemployment benefits and;
  3. higher spending on America’s infrastructure.

America will soon be arriving at election in time for key Senators and yes, they don’t want to go back into their districts asking for money and votes when another key component of the Jobs Bill is to eliminate subsidies for oil. It all comes down to elections, money, and votes. The jobs really don’t make the short list. Does anyone inside the Beltway even understand that when government gets out of capitalism and offers a positive landscape for business including a major sense of confidence, Help Wanted signs will reappear?

Durbin says Democrats don’t currently have the votes for Obama jobs bill

From The Hill

By Daniel Strauss

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, at the moment, Democrats in Congress don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that situation would change.

“Not at the moment, I don’t think we do, but, uh, we can work on it,” Durbin said, according to Chicago radio station WLS.

President Obama has been calling for Congress to pass his American Jobs Act since legislators returned from their August recess. The jobs plan is made up of a combination of tax increases on the wealthy, new infrastructure spending, an extension of the employee payroll-tax cut and additional funding for unemployment insurance benefits.

Republicans have voiced opposition to the plan, albeit less than with other pieces of legislation Democrats have proposed recently.

Durbin added that the president’s bill would need bipartisan support because there are senators both on the left and the right opposed to aspects of it.

“The oil-producing-state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies,” Durbin said. “There are some senators who are up for election who say ‘I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people.’ So, we’re not gonna have 100 percent of Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bipartisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

MG Vallely: America’s 2011 Alert and National Call to Action

By MG Paul E. Vallely; US Army (ret.)

Edited by Scott W. Winchell

Yes, America, you are watching while Washington attempts to right itself, well at least in a political fashion it appears. Mr. Obama and his Progressive Socialists supporters/followers, Union Thugs, and ardent admirers are self-destructing from ineptitude but are not giving up on fundamentally changing America in 2011 and beyond. The memory and remembrance of 9/11 is being observed this week across the country, yet this administration deems it a Day of Service and Remembrance. All preceding our day we must NEVER FORGET. Our focus should be on resolve to never allow it to happen again, not to guilt folks into civil/socialistic volunteerism.

What does a country and its citizens do as their nation continues to decline in power, financial stability, and the security of its people, especially now on the 10th anniversary of 9/11? At this time, we do not have the leadership to right our ship in time to save the Republic from severe damage it appears. Mr. Obama, the great reader/orator as was evidenced by his jobs bill speech this week, continues to show his socialist agenda of spending the American peoples’ money first and misleading our country down a path of continual destruction instead of curtailing the cancerous cause of over-spending, rabid regulations, and class warfare. Instead of working to uphold his oath, he chose to set up a straw man in the person of the House of Representatives, specifically, the Republicans and the Tea-Party Caucus. His message is, and has always been, do as I like, or we will crucify you with labels and crass abasement. We’ll get you “Son’s-a B****es.

Mr. Obama chose to use the sacredness of giving a speech to a Joint Session of Congress to kick off his 2012 campaign for re-election in the vein of never letting a serious crisis go to waste. Yes, joblessness and fear is at all-time highs, but even the main stream media sees the obvious political advantage he seeks. That privilege is just another example of using his ‘bully pulpit’ for personal gain, and the advancement of his agenda FIRST, proving his fealty to something other than America itself. Instead, he chose to make a mockery of our system once again. He even said he would take his message across the land for the next 14 months. All the while, castigating Congress for only seeking re-election and not working to fix America, and helping re-create an environment to help job-creators to do just that. Congress, the President, and any federal offices do not create jobs, entrepreneurs do! Unless it’s another union, public sector job!

Obama Job Speech to Congress
Obama launches his "Jobs" plan to a joint session of Congress

Meanwhile, Al Qaeda and the perverted radical Islamists here and abroad are playing out their moves very judiciously and both Al Qaeda/Jihadists and Mr. Obama fully understand the domino effect of radical Islam, the caliphate, and Jihad. Threats in recent days building up to today’s remembrance, coupled with such avarice and narcissistic political gamesmanship are creating a vortex where the country is now in a flat-spin to destruction as my good friend USAF LG Tom McInerney would say!

The United States finds itself languishing in the ‘Sea of Ambiguity’ because of a lack of vision, wisdom, common sense, and courage of our elected and appointed leaders, or has a clear agenda to do harm. We have a President in the White House, A National Security Council, and State Department under Hillary Clinton, and the Defense Department that seem to be as “clueless” as ever in forward strategic thinking. Why?

Why are there no serious initiatives on the part of countries outside of the Middle East other than to destroy Israel, the United States, and the Western Christian-Judeo world as we have known it? Iran continues to stir the pot unmolested and no longer hesitates to state publicly that its forward defense line now passes through “Lebanon and Palestine.”

In practice, the Lebanese-Israeli border is in fact Israel’s border with Iran.

Let us not skip over the importance of Lebanon. Israel is now tightly surrounded by a well-organized radical Islamic effort, akin to the pre-1967 war status or worse. Enemies became peaceful neighbors, and now those peaceful neighbors are no more thanks to the ‘Arab-Spring’. The series of events in Egypt and the turmoil of the Middle East may be the pathway to nuclear confrontation.

A warning to our Generals and Admirals – re-position our forces now for future events or well shall all suffer, not if, but when! Do not be misled by the political leaders as we were in Vietnam. Your duty is to the constitution and the American People, first and foremost. Never say we are withdrawing our forces, instead seek to say VICTORY. As accomplished Generals and Admirals, you must reposition our forces to protect and secure America for today and tomorrow, now.

Stop this futile and wasteful “Nation Building” exercise in the Middle East. As I was told by a confidant years ago; a Lebanese Colonel: “never commit large land forces and develop bases in the Middle East” as the Middle East is a giant sponge that will soak and absorb all your human and financial resources. If enemies and threats reside in the Middle East, use US Joint Strike Forces and proxy forces only! Develop actionable intelligence, and destroy or neutralize the enemy from friendly “Lily Pads” and return to home base more safely.

We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House, the Halls of Congress and many judicial courts to continue in their efforts to lead us down this road of Progressive Socialism and chaos.

In our opinion, President Obama, his appointees and czars must be replaced immediately.

This is the current battle that we Constitutionalists face and we must be aggressive in our efforts. We must adhere to our Constitution. Obama will continue to bypass Congress and the people in his progressive agenda because that is who he is and that is what he believes he has the power to do. Congress, you must stand tall for the American people and enjoin the Supreme Court to halt Executive branch violations of the law and our Constitution.

Incompetence, treason, corruption, and dishonesty of officials now come into play as these relate to our National Security and Economy, and are the rationale for demanding resignations and a change of government.

My emphasis is a continued plea for Americans to Demand Resignation of these officials by the people of this country. We are at a point that if Demand Resignations and a new Congressional make up do not change the direction of the country then we must precede to Impeachment, arrests and a serious transfer of Power at the highest levels of government.

Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”

We are a representative republic; not a democracy, where “rising up” means other than revolution by use of arms; the people must “rise up” now. (Stand Up as we say now) Rise from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power…resignation, elections, and impeachment, but these high bars must be overcome.

The Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution, which granted the federal government enough authority to cultivate, promote, and secure the Blessings of Liberty. The balance of authority and individual liberty was understood. Power was confined to that which was enumerated in the Constitution with a certain and meaningful intent for check and balances. Sadly, all these lines have been crossed, broached, eroded away, or just plain ignored.

All branches of the federal government have increasingly acted against the best interests of the states and the people. It is now reaching farther and farther beyond the scope and authority granted by the U.S. Constitution. Today, the federal government functions with utter disdain for states’ and individual rights. With no venue available in which to demand redress of grievances in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of the federal government at present, we have determined that the people of each state, via their elected state officials, must take broad but specific state measures to force the federal government to live within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, for the sake of the sovereign states and the citizens thereof.

In accordance with the U.S. Constitution, Congress and the federal government is denied the power to establish laws within the state which are repugnant and obtrusive to the U.S. Constitution, the State Constitution, state law and the citizens of the state. The Federal Government is restrained and confined in authority by the eighteen (18) items as set forth in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.

We must make it a local and State imperative and movement….of the People…by the People… and For the People.

“We, the People” have had enough. Enough is Enough.

The Obama White House and identifiable Members of Congress are now on a treasonous death march and are bankrupting the country beyond expectations. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. “We, the People” cannot necessarily wait for the next round of elections. It is now that many of these public servants (and you know who they are) must put the people and country interests above self-interest by resigning immediately. A civil uprising is still not out of the question as “pain” grips the country more each day. We are in a battle for the survival of the United States. This means raising your voice now to your neighbors, family, co-workers, and friends. Grass roots efforts have begun; it is now time to put this effort into over drive. America, stand tall together and we will weather the storm but we must act now!

Paul Vallely is Chairman of Stand Up America