Hypocrisy: The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform

In President Obama’s State of the Union address, he spent a great deal of time talking about the need for what he calls, ‘insourcing’ jobs, particularly the “opportunity to bring manufacturing back.” And he received strong applause from both political parties for this comment.

The president argued, “It’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.” And more applause ensued.
President Obama then went on to tell Congress they “should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing.”

What President Obama did not mention is that his administration recently disqualified an American manufacturer from competing against a heavily-subsidized and government-controlled foreign competitor, giving no explanation and costing hundreds of American jobs.

Hawker Beechcraft – an American aircraft manufacturing company – was abruptly barred from receiving a Department of Defense contract. The only company left to compete for the contract was Brazilian-owned Embraer – a government-subsidized foreign entity currently under investigation by the SEC for corruption and bribery.

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