WICHITA, Kan. - According to the Wichita Eagle, Congressman Mike Pompeo is announcing an 'America Flies' aviation campaign.
That's right. Pompeo seems to think Americans need to be educated about what an indispensable asset aviation is for Wichita and America as well.
Yes, just after Boeing stuck it to the people of Wichita and has run out of Dodge with its Tanker deal, Pompeo has shown real political courage by reminding us how much we rely on the aviation industry for jobs and the need to bow down and prostrate ourselves to the gods of aviation.
This "I love airplanes and flying along with my congressional job" campaign, is an about face from last week's performance of outrage and protestations. Pompeo, along with other politicians were lined up like jilted lovers.
This week, we are encouraged to start sucking up and feeling the love or who knows what other shoe will drop-especially on Pompeo's head.
The real motivation behind this campaign is for Mike to soften the political landscape where on his watch-Boeing walked. One of the best components to his bogus campaign is the opportunity to attack President Obama. Obama had the nerve to criticize corporate CEOs for flying around in corporate jets while the American people were losing their homes and the ability to send their kids to college. That dastardly Obama! How dare he attack corporate heads flying around in the very planes that provide work for the great unwashed masses. Never mind the fact that Boeing and other American companies are deserting American communities for cheaper labor sources or switching to offshore locations to squeeze out more profit and add to the record breaking profit margins CEOs experienced this year in America.
The message Pompeo is really sending with this campaign is that times are tough and we need to remember who butters our bread. No one knows better than Pompeo who is buttering his congressional race with donations.
It would be far more worthy to put forth a campaign on diversifying industries in Wichita and Kansas. There is nothing wrong with working to attract more suppliers and manufacturers within the aviation industry but, do we really need a campaign just for the aviation industry? It's just redundant. We get it. The fact that aviation jobs are highly skilled and provide good wages and thus a strong middle-class in America is lost on no one in Wichita.
We also understand the need to fly in America because we have no trains. How else are we to quickly travel from coast to coast or get out of Kansas? Aviation has a lock on transportation in America and we have no choice but to sit in sardine cans if we need to travel long distances.
It would be far more exciting and innovating to see Pompeo think outside the box and usher in a campaign to support high speed rail on the Great Plains, or attracting auto manufacturing firms to Wichita that make electric, biodisesel or hybrid cars.
Our elected officials could start by supporting innovative entrepreneurs like Wichitan Jonathan Goodwin whose company,H-Line Conversions was featured in the online magazine FastCompany.com, by Clive Thompson in 2007? The story begins with, "Jonathan Goodwin can get 100mpg out of a Lincoln Continental, cut emissions by 80% and double the horsepower." The question after the quote was, "Does the car business have the guts to follow him?" I guess not.
If there is one thing we can count on in Kansas politics, it's all about protecting the same old companies with the same old political baloney in order for Kansas politicians to keep their political seats.