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10-22-2009 05:49 PM  8 years agoPost 1
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http://blogs.flyingmag.com/left_sea...ew-orleans.html
Is Wichita Obama's Post-Katrina New Orleans?
Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, President Bush took a lot of heat for his tepid response—both personally and nationally—to the disaster. His airborne photo-op observation of the site of the catastrophe struck many Americans as being an insensitive and wholly insufficient response to the disaster. Only many days later and after the criticism did he hit the ground in New Orleans (though once on the ground, his “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job” remark proved another lowlight of the Katrina response).

I know you can’t directly compare what is happening in the aviation industry to Hurricane Katrina’s ravaging of the United States Gulf Coast, a natural disaster as a result of which around 1,500 people died, and one that threw hundreds of thousands of lives into chaos. Many of those lives are still in disarray.

But over the past year the aviation industry in the United States has suffered a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions itself. As you know, the calamity is largely due to the world economic crisis that struck last year that crippled the commercial and private credit markets. The result of the collapse was the dumping of hundreds of late model business aircraft on an already saturated used market and the wholesale canceling of hundreds more bizjet orders, with order holders abandoning even large deposits to dump their spots.

But the industry suffered a double whammy when a number of politicians, including President Obama, piled on a staggering industry, portraying business aviation as an expensive and irresponsible perk.

The result of these twin attacks, one economic and one political, soon impacted the lives of tens of thousands of aircraft workers who build and support the airplanes that are at the heart of what we do. There are approximately 1.2 million of these skilled and valuable workers.

In Wichita alone, aerospace companies laid off 27,000 workers. And that’s not just a big number. It’s a big number of people. People with incomes, health benefits, with children in schools and with homes to maintain. And in Savannah and Little Rock and Phoenix and Duluth, the effect was the same. Lost jobs, lives thrown into disarray and no relief in sight.

The effects of such job losses on the economy are easy to compute—they total into the billions--but the personal costs, in terms of family life, opportunities for the children of those who lose their jobs and the loss of hope and optimism are not well known but are great.

True, there was no actual Hurricane that blew through Wichita, but the calamity there is very real and can be measured in the economic and emotional casualties on the ground there, and everywhere in the United States where aviation businesses let people go for lack of business.

And it’s time for President Obama to get on the ground in Wichita, to get his hands dirty and meet those people face to face who have lost their jobs and are in trouble today and who face an uncertain future.

It will take a lot of courage for President Obama to make that trip, because unlike his predecessor with Katrina, President Obama bears some personal responsibility for this catastrophe.

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10-22-2009 06:15 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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It is unfortunate. I find the number of 27,000 a little high unless it's taking in account the training facilities, maintenance, FBOs, flight departments, etc. Even those won't all be in Wichita. Here's a link to an article from Wichita about the same subject: http://www.kansas.com/business/avia...ry/1017611.html

You also have people complain when Obama does do something and now the article you posted about him not doing enough. Check out this thread (http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t533394p1/) and the one posted in it.

It'll bounce back. Aviation is always on an up and down swing, you can count on it every 7 years. Been like that for a long time.

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10-22-2009 07:29 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Giving the air force tanker contract to airbus is a huge mistake. It will cost Americans their jobs and will jeopardize the continued existence of heavy manufacturing. Airbus is subsidized by the Europeans and as such the competition is rigged in their favor. They do not have to show the same kind of profitability that Boeing and other US companies have to in order to survive. Of course, once Obama completes his goal of nationalizing all US businesses it won't matter.

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10-23-2009 01:31 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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Obama is over his head. And Biden is a simple dope. This country has gone from a "financial downturn" to a "financial disaster" in nine short corrupt months with the emphasis on "corrupt."

It is little wonder that this country is being robbed when you look at the tax cheats and commie wannabees that Obama has surrounded himself with.

Someone once said that Obama would like to have honest, law-abiding, Americans on his staff, but that would involve non Democrats.

And all the "little Obama people" said: "this is all George Bush's fault"....and "Rush is rough...and Ann Coulter is mean....and FOX is fake...and GOP is Norwegian for NO....and we all need free healthcare... and people are racist if they defy Obama...did I say it is all George Bush's fault?"

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