This morning, the
establishment Obama suck-up media are positively orgasmic that the latest unemployment numbers show a drop to just 8.5 percent!!!! To quote Reuters:
Employment growth accelerated last month and the jobless rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.5%, offering the strongest evidence yet the economic recovery was gaining steam. Republican presidential hopefuls have blasted Obama’s economic policies as doing more harm than good. The latest economic signs, however, could offer the president some political protection. Over the course of 2011, the economy added 1.6 million jobs, the most in five years.
But if you read further into the Reuters article, you’ll see this more sobering qualifier:
Still, employment remains about 6.1 million below its pre-recession level. At December’s pace of job growth, it would take about 2-1/2 years to win those jobs back.
Then Reuters admits that a broad measure of unemployment, which includes people who want to work but have stopped looking and those working only part time but who want more work, is 15.2% or 23.7 million Americans who are either out of work or underemployed.
Those 23.7 million Americans will soon be joined by workers at Hawker Beechcraft. Why? Because Obama, who just cares so much for the American worker, just awarded a big weapons contract to a foreign company described by the Financial Times as just “venturing into the defense industry,” instead of the U.S. company Hawker Beechcraft. If the contract had been awarded to Hawker Beechcraft, it would lead to the employment of as many as 1,400 new workers across 20 states.
Then to make this story even better, the foreign company is a Brazilian company with ties to Iran! — the same Iran whose navy is threatening to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, which will skyrocket our gas prices.
Ben Howe reports for Red State that on Nov. 17, 2011, Hawker Beechcraft was informed by the U.S. Air Force that they were not going to be allowed to compete for an American military aircraft contract to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion.
Hawker Beechcraft had been working with the Air Force for two years and spent over $100 million to ensure its Beechcraft AT-6 complied with all requirements for the plane.
Howe notes that this case is not a question of being outbid or outclassed, but instead a classic example of a contract being awarded without any bidding process at all, something which had infuriated the Left when the recipient of the contract was American company Haliburton.
To make matters worse, the Air Force’s no-bid contract to build a light-attack aircraft went to a foreign company — Brazil’s aerospace giant, Embraer, which has cozy ties to the Brazilian government and is currently under investigation for making illegal payments to obtain government contracts.
Worse still, Embraer has a history of ties to Iran, having supplied Iran with some 40 T-27 Tucanos military aircraft in 1989. Embraer’s close ties to the Iranian military are echoed in the diplomatic “friendship” between Iran and Brazil. In November 2009, Brazilian President da Silva invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Brazil. The next year, 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.
Hawker Beechcraft’s big mistake is that its employees are represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). IAM president, Tom Buffenbarger, is one of the few union presidents without direct access to the White House. Why is that? Because Buffenbarger is so audacious as to be critical of Obama:
“Barack so loved his own performance that he made Galesburg part of his presidential stump speech. That’s right, he’s damn proud of his performance. Well I’m not. All he proved is like Janus, the two-faced Roman god of ancient times. He could act like a friend to the workin’ man. Even as he danced to tune dictated by billionaires. Yes, we’ve seen this act before.”
The problem with Buffenbarger and the workers at Hawker Beechcraft is that they actually thought the United States of America still runs on merit, hard work, and achievement! Somehow they missed the memo that under Obama, the U.S. government is now a big criminal syndicate with Don
Corleone Obama as the capo di tutti capi, who awards favors to cronies like Solyndra and punish enemies who don’t kiss his ring.
And just like the mafioso, the breaking news this morning is that Don Obama is proposing a pay raise for federal workers.
Screw the $15+ trillion US national debt. Got to keep the dependents happy!
H/t our beloved GrouchyFogie.