Skip to comments.Jet industry furious at Obama
Posted on 07/07/2011 10:52:14 AM PDT by mandaladon
Much has been made of President Barack Obamas repeated demonizing of corporate jets and the people who fly on them in his June 29th press conference.
While pundits and politicians haggle over whether alterations in the depreciation schedule of corporate jets will actually have an impact on the deficit, those in the general aviation trenches are furious.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPO) President Craig Fuller told The Daily Caller that Obamas comments have cast a pall over the industry, causing many who were considering buying a plane to back away from making a purchase.
The industry has suffered terribly in the last two and a half years and it has just started to recover. Most of the signs were starting to look good, said Fuller. We are so angry as an industry and we have all come together to try to bring a more fair and balanced description to the debate.
In response to Obamas press conference, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) issued a letter to the president. The two organizations challenged the administrations rhetoric and recalled a similar instance in which 20,000 IAM workers were laid off as a result of ill-informed criticism of corporate jets and business aviation and the 2008 downturn.
Words have consequences and, in this industry, a few misguided words can put at risk even the ever-so-modest recovery we have experienced, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. What this industry and its workforce requires is more time to recover, a chance to book more orders and the opportunity to recall more workers.
The president himself saw a benefit in providing tax breaks for corporate jets just in the past couple of years, signing two pieces of legislation that contained such provisions: the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Small Business Lending Fund Act.
Obama's intended result. Can't have all those people with jobs and therefore not dependend on government handouts.
fIRST they went for the jets and then they went for your xbox, pet and food.
Beware liberal america.
Laraza has similar arguments of trading your xbox to sponsor an illegal.
why not? look what he did to vegas
I was just thinking if the TSA is going to be even MORE obtrusive at the airport, we might all want to chip in together and take a private jet, and skip the whole airport mess. Could probably be done. But not if Obama shuts down the private jet business. What is it with this Marxist? Why does he wish to destroy America?
Slowly but surely 0bama is pissing everybody off with his socialism.
Is the part “we have to make sure.....our way of life.” your added comment or part of what BO said? Thanks in advance.
I have never set my AC on 72. 72 in summer would be too cold for the AC. 72 in winter would be too hot. But it is NUN HIS BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He just picks a number out of his head, numbers and words that make no sense, and he just rants and raves like a Marxist two year old idiot brat.
I see AOPA sent out a news item about this.
When McCain and Obama were running, AOPA took a mushy position in the middle. They didn’t delve into either candidate’s position that wasn’t directly related to aviation.
They didn’t have the guts to talk about who would have better overal fiscal policy, or who would be better for the ecomony, though both directly affect GA and commerial air travel.
Gutlss wonders, the AOPA, with a big flaming liberal as their org’s president.
Now wait a minute, I thought BIDEN was the stupid one! LOL
That’s part of my added comment...sorry
Obama doesn’t care about the companies, but now he’s got a union mad at him.
Can some conservative commentator please spin this as Obama not caring about unions?
72 is my cross over temp. Never get down to 72 in summer and never go up to 72 in winter, usually 80 and 68.
And none of his bidnis
Why would intelligent people who have the money to afford a jet even pay attention to what Obama says? They’re not going to buy a jet because Obama says so?
If you want to cut out the loopholes, the easiest way is to ditch the entire IRS Code and have a simple, no deductions, flat tax and be done with it. That way, what you idiots in Washington will have a less detrimental affect that you currently do.
When are people going to wake up and recognize and admit Obama is purposely destroying jobs and the American economy?
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