On Friday, in North Charleston, despite all of the naysayers, and all of the attempts to thwart this day by the Federal Government via the NLRB, our very first Boeing 787 was rolled out to much fanfare and ado.
Before I go on, let’s just take a little walk down Memory Lane about what South Carolina, and South Carolinians faced as a result of Boeing moving its business here. First, there was the constant, and rampant, assault by the NLRB, pissed off that Boeing has the audacity to build a plant in a Right-to-work state. The NLRB relented after essentially blackmailing Boeing into accepting a contract with the Machinists’ Union, and agreeing to give them work in Washington State. Apparently, that is how things are now done in the United States of America. Companies can no longer choose where they want to build their businesses without government interference.
A case in point, the former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said that we should close down our plant unless it went union. Wow.
And then there were those who demeaned, belittled, and attacked those who live in South Carolina as a bunch of backwater yahoos who could not POSSIBLY be capable of building a jet. Who could forget this crock of Southernist BS from Chicago attorney, Thomas Geoghegan in the Wall Street Journal, “Boeing’s Threat To American Enterprise“? Here’s a sampling of this crapola:
[snip] We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force. This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs—in that respect, we can undersell most of our high-wage, unionized rivals like Germany. It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete.
We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that. While these moves aggrieved me as a union lawyer, it might have consoled me as an American if those companies went on to thrive globally.[snip] (Click here to read the rest of this drivel.)
Evidently, Mr. Geoghegan is unaware that we dumbass South Carolinians also make BMWs, which I bet he drives. Or that any number of incredibly sophisticated goods are made in the South, from Toyotas to Leer jets.
So, yeah – we have gone through a whole bunch of attacks from the government on down about this plant being built here in SC. Oh, and this massive plant was built under the time deadline (6 months early), and with ZERO injuries while doing so. That, in and of itself, is a major accomplishment.
As our esteemed governor, Nikki Haley said on Friday:
“We build cars, we build tires and now we build dreams — big mack-daddy 787 dreams,” Haley said.
Yes, yes we do, Governor Haley.
And now, without further ado, here is the new Dreamliner 787 in all her glory:
The pride, the justifiable pride, of those who built this incredible, advancement in avionics, is palpable. The excitement, the jubilation, of not just those Boeing employees, is real. As well it should be. This state overcame a tremendous amount of adversity, much of it at the hands of our federal government, for this big day to happen. And now it is here. More jets are on their way out, to be sent all over the world.
If that isn’t cause for celebration, I don’t know what is. Well done, Boeing employees. Well done, South Carolina! You have much for which to be proud. We look forward to many more Dreamliners rolling out for years to come…(Photo credit: seattlepi.com)