An attorney for the government controlled National Relations Board is attempting to stop Boeing from opening a new plant in “right to work” South Carolina where the new Boeing Dreamliner is to be built. This is another example of the obama administration’s need to interfere with free enterprise and repay more favors to their unions from who obama will need in his unfortunate bid for re-election. Will these paybacks ever end? Unlikely since obama and the unions enjoy their incestuous relationship.
It is worthwhile to review Boeing’s significant contribution to the development of flight, as we know it today. William Boeing, born in 1881 in Detroit, and an engineering graduate from Yale, was influenced by the Wright brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, in North Carolina. He moved to Seattle, Washington and continued to learn more about flight and the construction of fixed wing aircraft. Over the next seven years, he learned how to fly and became convinced he could build the best biplane on the market. In a venue, such that we have become familiar with as to Steve Jobs and Apple, Boeing and his now partner, George Westervelt began to construct their airplane in Boeing’s boat house. Apple came into this world from Jobs garage. Isn’t entrepreneurship great, mr. obama?
By 1916, Boeing incorporated and changed the company name to Boeing Aircraft Company, and in 1917, employed twenty-one people whose wages Boeing personally guaranteed. With the advent of WWI, there arose a need for training planes readily supplied by the fledgling aircraft company, but after the war ended, the demand for war surplus biplanes declined and the company had to resort to the building of furniture to survive. In late 1919, Boeing was back to building planes, kept in business by the Army Air Service among others, but its biggest boost came from designing pursuit planes and contracting to deliver the mail. In 1928, there were 800 people employed by Boeing which had grown to become the largest aircraft company in the country. Charles Lindbergh’s Trans Atlantic crossing renewed the interest in aviation. With the onset of WWII, the company mass-produced military bombers in Seattle in buildings camouflaged from the air so well, they resembled nothing more than a suburban town. As before, the end of the war meant cancellation of warplanes, and factories shut down. But the Boeing company, rich with imaginative and innovative people began to design both piloted and pilot-less planes. In 1946, Boeing entered the jet age and while in production of Minuteman missals employed over 58,000 people including subcontractors. The 707 was followed by the 727 and the 747. Boeing made its contribution to the space program with system integration for the Apollo project, and with its development of booster rockets crucial for the Space Station.
Boeing continues to contribute to aviation history despite interference by unions that struck the company in the 1970’s and in both 2005 and 2008. It continues to build its new Dreamliner in Seattle, despite the unions, but because Boeing has decide to build another plant in “right to work” South Carolina, the unions have seemingly asked the federal government to interfere on their behalf.
Obama hates small business, big business, and any business that has no interest in his agenda to destroy this country in the manner in which he is proceeding. Boeing rose from an idea in a young man who believed he could make something bigger and better that would ultimately improve the lives of the American people. The Gates, and Jobs and Boeing’s of this wold should not be stifled by the federal government because of union relationships. The unions have become too powerful and sit more often than not at obama’s LEFT hand, reminding him of the power they wield. obama should leave Boeing alone and allow this company to proceed with its South Carolina plant as a reminder to the world that innovation and entrepreneurship must not be stifled or repressed.