'Merci McCain,' say critics taking flight with Boeing: The Swamp
 
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Posted March 21, 2008 3:40 PM
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by Mark Silva


Sometimes, the pursuit of political partisanship carries a sheer entertainment value.

Such is the case with this political committee that is none too happy about Sen. John McCain supporting a military contract that takes a lucrative flying fuel-tanker contract away from Boeing and hands it to a French consortium that includes the Airbus aircraft.

McCain maintained that competition was necessary for this massive contract, and that subsidies for Boeing would unfairly advantage one competitor and drive up the cost.

"Merci, McCain,'' says this faux video-love letter from the French.

On the occasion of McCain's meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris today, Campaign for America’s Future released a Web-site video attacking McCain over the $40-billion Defense Department contract. The video, in French, bears English subtitles.

"Un message de gratitude à Jean McCain du people français [A message of thanks to John McCain from the French people.]

"Merci pour tous les emplois! (Thank you for all the jobs.) Merci d'aider les militaires Américains pour choisir une compagnie française Airbus! (Thanks for helping the U.S. military choose a French company, Airbus!) Les dizaines de milliers d'emplois pour les Français. Et des milliers moins pour les Américains, ha ha ha!! Tens of thousands of jobs for the French. And thousands fewer for Americans, ha ha ha!''

"Vive John McCain! et Vive La France!'' the ad closes. "Long live John McCain! And long live France!''

It closes with a joyously mustachioed McCain.

The McCain campaign replied that the Arizona senator had led an anti-corruption investigation that helped rein in a multi-billion-dollar defense procurement scandal involving Boeing and the Pentagon, action which had nothing to do with Airbus.

"All he was looking for was a fair and open process. He didn't care who won," McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers told Agence France Presse. "Sen. McCain only wanted a fair competition that got the best weapons system at the best price for the taxpayers."

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I can infer from this cryptic article that the military backs this approach. If that's the case, it makes sense to me he would support them and see no problem

How do we know Boeing corporate isn't behind that piece anyway?


If some American company (like Boeing) thinks it can get away with ripping off the American taxpayers and giving them an inferior product to boot by getting their competition disqualified for bidding on a government contract, then I say Boeing and ANY company that wants to pull those shenanigans can pucker up and kiss my big French derriere. Mais Oui!


Yes, he's buying back the leadership of France after the Freedom Fires fiasco. Or because the US has to court the little neo-napoleon for Iran.

I loved it. Creative. Colorful. Not too serious.


"QWEST TO VONAGE"

WATCH YOUR BACK "THE CHAIRMAN" GIVETH, AND THE CHAIRMAN TAKETH AWAY!

40,000 EMPLOYEES, $20,000 ENDORSEMENT ON A JET PLANE AND A YOUNGIN KICKIN IT TOGETHER! $20,000 AND ANOTHER JET FLIGHT AND A YOUNGIN KICKIN IT TOGETHER, LOBBYING HIS OWN STATE AWAY. KICKIN BACK AT WHO KICKED AT HIM. $20,000 ENDORSEMENT ON A JET PLANE AND A FINE YOUNG VICKI KICKIN IT TOGETHER, LOBBYING THE AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY TOGETHER.

"WATCH YOUR BACK "THE CHAIRMAN" GIVETH, AND THE CHAIRMAN TAKETH AWAY!

NO MORE DISCUSSIONS FOR YOU! ANYONE UP FOR A FLIGHT FROM MARTHAS'S VINEYARD TO NEW JERSEY!

"GOD WANTS WORLD CUP NOT FALSE PROPHETS!"


Boeing is as American as sushi.


Hi Ironic that those in government who pushed for a fair bid are the ones getting slapped.

People are very forgetful of the first tanker proposal that came in from Boeing and what happened?

Made in America to Boeing means Assembled in Kansas with US, Italian and Japanese parts.

Made in America to Northrop Grumman means Assembled in Alabama with French, German, British and US parts BY Americans...

I highly doubt Boeing would sell Northrop an airframe to use for their tanker bid, so who else is left? Douglas? Oh wait they got purchased by Boeing. Boeing brought this on themselves with their ill conceived purchase of Douglas - their thought was they they could screw the American taxpayer being the only game in town. Well the USAF was ALOT smarter than anyone in Congress, they chose the alternative that won on EVERY merit.

Those of us in the defense supplier industry NOT working at Boeing (or Northrop) would like nothing more than a fair shake. Hold back this USAF purchase and people like me are out of a job on retaliatory cancellations of other US defense systems by European governments. If we want to sell defense products outside this country (and all defense contractors are dependent on this) then we need to also accept the fact that suppliers can sell components here to US contractors.

How about some fairness here. This is exactly what Northrop Grumman deserves, an American Company.


Jimminy Cricket these are some slow posting times tonight.


Those of you who are bashing Boeing are missing the point. Sure Boeing executives would and have sent could make a buck but that really is not the case here. Over 80 percent of the Boeing tanker would be built here. The design is done here, the profits from the sale of these planes would stay here. The same cannot be said of the Airbus tanker. The entire airframe is built in Europe and will only be assembled here by 1500 mechanics. Further the Airbus tanker is much larger then the 767. Why did the air force tell Boeing not to bid the 777 which was much closer in size?


Jeff,you never reacted like that when Haliburton served our troops in Iraq water from the Euphrates River.

Be consistent to be taken seriously.


The European labor unions are far from enthusiastic. No-one in the US mentions that, besides Grumman's tanker plant, Airbus is going to build its own A330 assembling plant. Its CEO declared: "with our costs in euros and our sales in dollars we have to increase the dollar content of our planes", which means more of the work has to be done in the US. Alabama, with its low labor costs, low taxes and cheap real estate is a perfect location. The politicians from Washington and Kansas don't want to protect American jobs. They want to prevent Mobile competing with Seattle. They will lose this battle. Whether the tanker bid is overturned or not, Airbus will build its plant. By the way, Alabama is no longer a French colony. It has been part of the US for more than 200 years.


Don't really care what differences between Airbus and Boeing, I don't want to send MY TAX DOLLARS OVERSEAS. The American people are upset that jobs are leaving.....now this? What are these fools thinking?Justify it all you like Jeff....NO TAX DOLLARS FOR OVERSEAS.


as a stock holder in boeing i'd like to see them get the contract. however, it should all be about u.s. manufacturing jobs and taxpayer costs, or a comprimise of the two. i would like to know the real figures in total jobs for american manufacturing. parts and assembly comparing boeing and airbus. i hope someone can come up with accurate figures on this. let the company that hires the most american workers win. airbus has changed it's figures on how many americans would be employed, can they be trusted?


The whining about keeping the tanker contract in the US in order to save jobs is really something. If Boeing is so concerned, why are they building the 'Dreamliner' wings and fuselages in Japan?


"Don't really care what differences between Airbus and Boeing, I don't want to send MY TAX DOLLARS OVERSEAS. The American people are upset that jobs are leaving.....now this? What are these fools thinking?Justify it all you like Jeff....NO TAX DOLLARS FOR OVERSEAS."

I pity you, I really do....if you haven't noticed already, the U.S. spends billions of tax dollars on humanitarian aid. Any objections?

Anyhow, if you're going to complain about tax dollars overseas, first you'll need to localize your own spending. Taxpayer dollars going abroad is almost infinitely dwarfed by consumer spending abroad. Stop buying from Walmart before you complain about how the government works, yeah?


I pity you, I really do....if you haven't noticed already, the U.S. spends billions of tax dollars on humanitarian aid. Any objections?
Posted by: Skeptical | March 23, 2008 1:30 AM

Gee....thanks for your pity, and yes, I would much rather see aid for our own people. It's funny how the party against entitlements, is so into sending money to countries so they will be our friends or huge amounts of humanitary aid, but are against helping our own. As far as buying products overseas, this is something that is a CHOICE. We can choose to make 100k jobs for the french, or we can create 44k American jobs. I pity you that you can't see the difference.


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