Brazilian Oil and Re-election Schemes

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Last March President Obama announced that he wants the U.S. to be one of Brazil’s “best customers” for their oil, although the U.S. has eight times more petroleum resources than does Saudi Arabia if only we’d drill for it.

Now the Obama government is awarding a $1 billion contract to a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer—Embraer–instead of American Hawker Beechcraft Corp., which has two years and $100 million invested in a light attack aircraft’s development.

All the more remarkable is the Brazilian company, Embraer, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Justice Department for possible violations of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Hawker Beechcraft said in a press release Dec. 30, 2011, it had learned that the government had quietly announced the previous week that the award had been made to the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, instead of Hawker Beechcraft.

This was called, in restrained language, an “example of the Air Force’s lack of transparency,” by Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. It “now seems even clearer that the Air Force intended to award the contract to Embraer from early in the process.”

The AT-6 is a “world-class light attack aircraft that has been evaluated and proven capable through a multi-year, congressionally-funded program” working closely with the Air Force and with an investment of $100 million to “meet the Air Force’s specific requirements… Every fixed-wing pilot in the United States military today is trained on this airplane,” Boisture added.

Last March, Obama on his Latin American trip pledged to work with his counterpart, Dilma Rousseff. He said:

We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.

The Obama Administration gave its approval for a giant oil storage facility, movable in the event of a hurricane. The approval for using this facility was given to Petrobras, the huge nationally owned Brazilian oil company. Instead of giving equal competition to American oil companies, Obama stymied the U. S. industry with meritless moratoriums last spring. He gave special benefits to Petrobras for that company to drill in American oil reserves while American oil crews were sitting on their heels, unemployed because of the moratorium.

As for the Embraer contract, while outsourcing this to the Brazilian company would create only 50 jobs in the U.S., Hawker Beechcraft says its AT-6 plane would open up about 1,400 jobs at 181 companies in 39 states. The manufacturing parts and supply chains all would remain in the U. S. Rep. Barack fooled us into thinking that he wanted to create jobs in America. Justifiably, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan) blasted the Administration’s decision Dec. 27.

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  • Steve Chavez

    Analysts are predicting $4 a gallon by summer and just in time for the election. This one issue can bring down Obama and stories like this will aid in that goal.

    Moratoriums and regulations on our Gulf drillers and platforms should be a campaign commercial at the same time Obama supporting Petroblas and his quote.

    Another commercial would be to show us filling up our gas tanks as the gallons don't keep up with the dollar amount. As it is now, I have a thirty gallon tank in my van and a $100 bill will barely fill it up. What happens when it goes to $4. So show customers and quote them on "Obama's War on Oil."

    Then Obama's refusal to approve Keystone which would add jobs and add to our own oil reserves. Canada has already said they will produce the oil and will sell it to China.

    This "War on Oil" needs to be exploited since it is that price that keeps us from buying new products, staying close to home, eating at home, staying home, and SITTING ON OUR WALLETS not knowing what the future brings us! OBAMA MUST BE DEFEATED or America will go the way of the Soviet Union, a country Obama, Hillary, and their "Circle of Communists," and many Americans were brainwashed to love more than their own country!

    • Spider

      Good post Steve ! I believe the Obammunist can be defeated simply by playing video clips of him in his own words. Nearly everything he has said in the last 4 years has been a bald faced lie. So much so that now you can easily conclude that the opposite of what he says is really the truth. One thing he said did come true "I will fundamentally change America" ( for the worse).

  • Tanstaafl

    This would seem to be the real reason why the pipeline isn't being built.

  • bigedseattle

    You see, This is in return for the Chinese buying our new debt. So, if we would repeal Reagan's tax cuts, Bushes tax cuts. The government wouldn't have to make deals like this.
    Its funny how no one notice that from the Roosevelt's new deal to Johnson Great Society and up to 1980 the government only went 1 trillion dollars into debt. From Reagan and Bush tax cuts we are now 14 trillion in debt. So as of today. The rich are sitting on more wealth thanks to wall street greed. And the major part of layoffs started with Bush are all Obamas fault. Ya, sure. Hell, you guys think its Obama's fault on everything.

    Also another thing, This picking season, apple producers had to pay the state of Washington $22 an hour for prisoners to pick apples. Are your apple $5 a pound in the store? This week at Fred Myers they are 88 cents a pound.(Jan 15-21, 2012)

    • DrBukk

      Greed and self interest are a human trait, and no society which tries to use anything but that to create wealth has ever succeeded. 100 million people died in the last century proving that.
      With our gas prices, the cost of everything is affected. Low energy costs lift the entire economy, whereas insulating a few inner city homes is a pathetic bureacratic joke.
      How can there be no inflation when groceries and gasoline cost about 20% more since the idiot got elected?

  • Anamah

    The corruption is all over and the bad faith against America undeniable. Wake up people your wallet is been stolen and somebody is taking out your panties.

  • Weezyone

    Obama has not lived up 2 his promises but has helped civilrights 2 a few.Just not me..And i was just a great mom and human being.He has also hurt *OWS* fundamentally by actions unbecoming of a President. AMERICANS ARNT 4 DICTATORS SUPPRESSIONS FACT……