There are also other issues for the U.S. Air Force to consider when selecting an aircraft for these vital missions. For example, there is a little known clause in Embraer’s bylaws known as the “golden share.” This clause preserves Brazil’s “national interest” in the company and endows the Brazilian government with the same voting rights as the holders of common shares. Most notably, the “golden share” equips the Brazilian government with veto rights over the creation and alteration of military programs, whether or not involving the Federative Republic of Brazil. This means that if the Department of Defense were to award this contract to Embraer, the Braziliangovernment, which has a notably strained and inconsistent relationship with the United States, would have the power to shut down production or maintenance of American defense aircraft at any time with no notice. Given the many pitfalls related to trusting American national security to Brazil, it is concerning that the Department of Defense is even considering Embraer’s proposal.
Americans can’t find jobs, especially well-paying jobs that can support a family. Today there are five applicants for every one job opening. Do we really have to think hard about which company should win this contract. Hiring foreign companies to produce American military aircraft issimply bad policy, especially in this ever-worsening economic calamity.
The most basic moral obligation of the federal government is to defend America, which requiresmilitary and economic preparation and strength. It’s not too late to make the right decision—buy American.