Since I was an Air Force Contracting Officer for 6 years, I'm curious as to which fighter jet is being built by a foreign company, considering Boeing got the F-22 contract and LM got the F-35 contract...So exactly WHICH fighter jet is being built overseas?If you really want to ***** - call your congress man/woman and ask them how the US Airforce gave a military contract building fighter jets to a foreign country and not Lockheed or Boeing, hence stimulating a foreign economy and not our own.
Sorry, I will get off my soapbox for now.
You know nothing and your opinion is based on complete ignorance of the system. Do you realize that they would have been in deep poo if they'd awarded to any American company after Darleen Druyun screwed it up for Boeing? There were two companies positioned to make this type of equipment. Airbus was the only other choice since Darleen and Boeing were "in bed" together.Devryn,
My mistake, it is not a fighter jet, but a refueling tanker.
My point still stands ...
Devryn,You know nothing and your opinion is based on complete ignorance of the system. Do you realize that they would have been in deep poo if they'd awarded to any American company after Darleen Druyun screwed it up for Boeing? There were two companies positioned to make this type of equipment. Airbus was the only other choice since Darleen and Boeing were "in bed" together.
If you don't like it, protest the FTA. The rules are the rules. In the Air Force, I didn't have the power to question them.Devryn,
You may be correct on all the points above - but if you think outsourcing is good for America, why were you in the service? You took an oath to protect this country, and I thank you for your service. I would not have the freedom I do today with out the selfless sacrifice of the hundreds of thousdands of men and women in the aremed services, but how is putting money in a foreign enconomy good for the US, especially when our economy is suffering.
I do not doubt Darleen and Boeing were in bed together, but is that not the problem? The "system" you say I have no idea of continually lets the American people down. I have a president - that I voted for - that tells me everything is going to be ok. I have congress men and women doing all sorts of things trying to keep their cushy jobs and salaries and perks. Now if they gave you and all the people protecting this country those perks, instead of my school having to have a fundraised for a Marine Unit returing from Iraq who's families were on the verge of financial ruins - I would not *****.
The Point that I wanted to make, that still stands, was not one of a military issue, but rather, that unions were once the great equalizer for the working man. It is easy for people now to jump on them because they have lost their way.
Teaching is not an industry, though I do agree teachers need higher pay, they'll never get it, because teaching isn't very high on the hierarchy in a capitalist society. Because they're not an "industry" they have no bargaining chip. They could try to walk out, but nobody is going to give them a stipend to help keep them afloat during a strike."The cost of everything in this country is raising exponentially. The basic materials used in industries like the automotive industry have costs that are not controlled by just our Country, but by the world market. Steel and Aluminum have OUTRAGEOUS prices right now." -- Devryn
At least we agree on something.
As for the CEO's being educated and the members not, I will agree and concede that most union members are greedy and only want the money. But tell that to a teacher (who's union in Los Angeles is pretty f****d up by its own right) who does not have books or has 40 students, or kids who do not speak the language. The union is the only way to stave off problems.
I am not saying that unions are the end all be all. There time has passed - at least in its current form.
Finally, and I do not want to belabor the point :BangHead: - you have the right to you opinion (more than most because of your service to our county) and I have mine. The tough part for me with regards to management vs labor - I am paying $4 a gallon for gas and the Oil Companies are making record profit. I guess it is supply and demand. I could quit my current job and look for a higher paying job, as I do have 2 degrees, but I love what I do. Remember, all these CEO's have great educations - not without teachers, who seem to get the short end of the stick anyway.