Tony Massengill is
right on the money about the passenger jet market playing field
being anything but level. But it’s not just the obvious monetary
subsidy that Airbus is getting from the EU: they’re also leaning
on potential customers.
Scotland’s national newspaper The Scotsman reported
Wednesday that there is more going on behind the scenes. No
sooner had Airbus rolled out their new A380 than the European Commission
issued an ultimatum to Thailand: buy six A380s or face more tariffs
on your exports – above and beyond the new tariff on a plant extract
called cumarin the EC enacted December 31st (five days after the
All this while EU nations and the U.N. call the U.S. “stingy” in its aid efforts to tsunami victims. All a free-market advocate can do is shake his head in disdain.