George Landrith

Of the most important issues facing Americans today, the stalled economy and high unemployment rate rank at the top of the list. Our country is facing a serious crisis with the number of unemployed Americans swelling to 14 million. People are spending roughly half as much money as they used to and new investment is scarce. It creates a cyclical effect that is likely to continue, at least for the foreseeable future.

President Obama and Congress continue to search and debate over the most appropriate solution, while failing to oversee any true economic comeback. The private sector employs two-million fewer Americans than it did just 10 years ago. And one-third of all manufacturing jobs have been eliminated since 2000.

What other issues plague the American condition? Not surprisingly, national security also tops that list, particularly as it relates to our engagement over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, leaks detailing plans for gutting US defense and national security programs bounced through the hallways of President Obama’s White House. Word quickly swirled about the Administration’s narrow-minded view of threats facing the US today and in the future.

Our minds circle with concerns about jobs, the economy and the safety of our country and its families. Interestingly, the U.S. Air Force is seeking to develop a light attack aircraft that will aid and better outfit the military to deal with new-age threats in a more scalable cost effective manner.

One of the candidates looking to partner with the U.S. Air Force is the all-American company Hawker Beechcraft. With this contract, the aircraft manufacturer will create and sustain approximately 1,400 jobs in 18 states throughout the US. With around 800 of those new jobs cropping up in Wichita, Kansas, a city tough hit by the loss of high-payingaircraft manufacturing jobs.

The second competing aircraft manufacturer, Brazilian owned and based Embraer, will create about 50 jobs in Florida, while the majority of the production will take place in Brazil. Outsourcing jobs to foreign countries like Brazil, especially for important defense related products, is a risky practice that not only threatens the American workforce, but also threatens our national security.

George Landrith

George Landrith is President of Frontiers of Freedom. Frontiers of Freedom was founded in 1994 by U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop and is an educational institute whose mission is to promote conservative public policy based on the principles of individual freedom, peace through strength, limited government, free enterprise, and traditional American values as found in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.