Here we are, in the middle of the most serious economic recession (or depression) in memory. Interest in jobs, or lack of jobs, is at an all-time high. The President has stated that he is directing his attention like a “laser beam” on the creation of jobs, as well he should – especially in this election year.
But, admittedly, in a many areas there is just not much he can do. A lot of our jobs are gone, never to return. Here is an example: The primary manufacturer for Apple’s computer products is a Chinese firm, Hon Hai Precision Industry. Apple is one of their largest customers. At one factory, they have 230,000 employees. One factory with 230,000 employees! Most of them live in dormitories on the site of the factory. They work six days a week, 12 hours a day. They earn the equivalent of 17 US dollars a day, and Hon Hai says it could employ an additional 3,000 new workers a day, if necessary, based on current applications. Can we compete with that? Will we ever be able to compete with that? I surely hope we never have to.
But before we can begin to create new jobs, we have to stop doing the things that prevent the creation of new jobs. Like Cap and Trade legislation. Like the ban on offsore drilling. Like preventing Boeing from occupying the new $750,000,000 manufacturing facility they have already built, because South Carolina law does not require workers to belong to labor unions.
But instead of directing his “laser beam” vision on creating jobs in SC, the President is touting all the job opportunities Boeing is creating – – in the land of his youth (or birth) – – Indonesia:
“President Obama said this morning at a signing ceremony between the two companies in Bali, Indonesia, where the president is meeting with East Asian leaders. ‘For the last several days, I’ve been talking about how we have to make sure that we’ve got a presence in this region. And what we see here — a multibillion-dollar deal between Lion Air — one of the fastest-growing airlines not just in the region, but in the world — and Boeing’ ” ABC News (November 17, 2011)
Or denying Wichita based Hawker Beechcraft Corp. the opportunity to even bid on the newest military light attack plane, even after Hawker Beechdraft has invested more than $10,000,000 in design costs.
“The Obama Administration 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 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. Hawker Beechcraft officials said in a news release that they were “confounded and troubled” by the Air Force’s decision. The decision appears to favor the Super Tucano built by Brazil’s Embraer for the initial contract to supply 35 units, with the potential for 55 additional aircraft worth up to $950 million. Brazil’s Embraer Aircraft Company builds military aircraft for Iran.” (Washington Examiner November 21, 2011) A single-sourced, non-bid, $1 billion contract!
Which brings us to the topic of the day; the State Department’s denial of the right for U. S. contractors to build the Keystone XL pipeline to bring 700,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil (now described for negative publicity purposes as “oil-like bitumen”) per day to Houston-based refineries. For openers, how did this become a decision of the U. S. State Department, whose responsibilities generally confine themselves to dispensing foreign aid to undeserving, and often hostile, third world nations? In a climate where everything is political, is it possible that President Obama, realizing the unpopularity of this move, wished to delegate it to his potential political rival, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? OK, that may be a bit of stretch, but in this Administration more clandestine things than this have happened!
Now the President has been accused of many things, but stupidity just isn’t one of them. In an election year, how could he possibly have denied the opportunity for an estimated 20,000 direct, and an additional 100,000 to 200,000 indirect, high-paying jobs right here at home, plus going a long way to achieving his goal of energy independence? So, what is the problem? Well, maybe the old advice of “follow the money” might be applicable.
Remember President Obama’s good bud, Warren Buffett? The same Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, that Obama always quotes as saying that he his not being taxed enough? The same Warren Buffett whose staff of lawyers has for the past ten years been fighting the IRS over his non-payment of his current level of taxation obligations? The same Warren Buffett whose private secretary, who pays more taxes than does Mr. Buffett, was honored by sitting (poor thing) with the First Lady during last night’s State of the Union address?
Well, Mr. Buffett’s investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. just happens to own the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, LLC, which, according to an analysis performed by the same U. S. State Department, “can handle all the oil produced in western Canada through 2030.” Shazam!!! In fact, Krista-York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for the Bulington-Northern, said, “If Keystone XL doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul!”
Further, this same U. S. State Department, again exercising its authoritative versatility, has concluded, “…the rail option, though costlier, would lessen the environmental impact, such as a loss of wetlands and agricultural productivity, compared to the pipeline.” And we all know how much more unsightly an underground pipeline is than a railroad track right through the middle of your cornfield, or a line of tank cars rumbling past your bedroom at all hours of the day and night!
So there you have it folks. One explanation for Mr. Obama’s seemingly inexplicable decision. It may not tell the whole story, but it is the most logical one I could come up with!