Good News. Air Force Tanker Deal looked at.

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    EADS gave John McCain money for his presidential campaign for the first time in the company’s history for his role in awarding them a 35 billion dollar contract for Air Tankers.

    The contract has options to take it to 100 billion and the tankers would be built in France. But after a review of improprieties and the fact the 22 EADS (Airbus) executives have been accused of wrongdoing, the Air Force stopped the contracts for further review.

    It would have been the first time in our nation's history that part of our Air Force would be "outsourced".

    In this global economy, is the Air Force wrong?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/us/politics/12tanker.html

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    The planes would have been built here, by Lockheed Martin, and this stupidity cost THOUSANDS of US jobs.
     
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    Then that's terrible. Can I look at a link?
     
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    My memory is failing, it was Northrup Grumman:

    Airbus, Northrop Grumman win Air Force tanker contract | McClatchy

    The Boeing plane is smaller and less capable and will cost more, in short, the tax payers are ripped off again by the courts.
     
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    Yea, I went and looked it up. It didn't make sense. If it's awarded to France, then where would jobs here come from? They would actually make tens of thousands of new jobs in France, but the sections would be "assembled" here. It would bring "possibly" 7,000 assembly jobs here.

    I don't know about you, but I would rather have the 7,000 assembly jobs as well as the tens of thousands of other jobs. Why settle for peanuts?

    Remember, EADS said it would create 25,000 jobs here, but of course, they would say that. They want the contract.

    Congress in turmoil over Air Force tanker decision | Reuters

    You know, I can never understand why Republicans defend EADS so much. That company has had screw up after screw up. Add all the probems with the 380. You know the parts arrived for assembly and nothing fit. They lost two years and six billion right off the bat. Then a hundred orders were canceled and given to Boeing. They only stay in business because the governments of Europe subsidize them.

    http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/mar2009/gb20090317_895512.htm
     
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    See what I posted above that, Boeing has been spreading the bull for a long time on this, trying to foster their gold brick on the Air Force.
     
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    What will they do with the fleet of KC135's?
     
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    Sorry man, your job "estimates" come from the company providing the contract. You might want to check out the links I added.

    It's like someone saying, "Buy this car. You can trust me. You don't need to have it checked. I'm honest." It might be a good idea to do a little study first.
     
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    Aren't they like really old?
     
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