“CORPORATIONS THAT LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES …”
Boeing – a company that lives off of government contracts, taxpayer-funded incentives and crony capitalist subsidies – had the audacity to rip one of its competitors this week for similar practices.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer attacked rival Airbus over its plans to locate its first North American production facility in Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile plant would employ 300-400 workers in production of the company’s A320 jets, however it could be expanded to employ 1,000 workers in production of the A320Neo – Airbus’ answer to Boeing’s Dreamliner.
“While it is interesting once again to see Airbus promising to move jobs from Europe to the United States, no matter how many are created, the numbers pale in comparison to the thousands of U.S. jobs destroyed by illegal subsidies,” the company said in a statement.
Really? Boeing neglected to mention that the World Trade Organization has also found fault with the billions of dollars in aid that it receives from American taxpayers. The company also neglected to point out that the government-guaranteed subsidies it receives from the U.S. Export-Import Bank also cost American jobs (while simultaneously making air travel more expensive for consumers).
We recognize that in South Carolina it is sacrilege to speak ill of Boeing – which has every politician in the state in its pocket after opening a production facility in North Charleston in 2010 – but this is nothing but hypocritical saber-rattling in the wake of a competitors’ decision to locate a manufacturing facility on U.S. soil.
And frankly, we’re heard enough bullshit from this company to last us a lifetime …