Once again Rep. Todd Tiahrt has banked and lost on his tanker proposal. Tanker Todd has tried hopelessly to get Wichita Boeing a job building military tankers. But according to The Wichita Eagle:
“The U.S. Air Force chose a Northrop Grumman/European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. team for a $35 billion contract to replace its aging fleet of refueling tankers, dealing a blow to Boeing and the
Tiahrt gave his usual clap trap about the military giving jobs to a foreign firm:
"I am deeply troubled by the Air Force's decision to award the... tanker to a French company that has never built a tanker in its history," U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, said in a statement. "I cannot believe that we would create French jobs in place of
Of course this company has a track record of building military equipment. Once again it is outsourcing that puts American workers out of business. But it was a business decision and no one has promoted faith in the rights of big business, no one has championed letting businesses decide what is best for our economy more than Tiahrt. So if anyone complains that big business has not been fair to the American worker it should not be Tiahrt. He is as responsible as the military in this decision.
He also promised to make the American worker more competitive. He can’t even save our jobs from the French. Once again we are paying for the incompetence of Rep. Tiahrt.