It's time Airbus learned how to fly on its own wings.
Are they afraid Airbus can't make it without it? What are they soooo scared of? Are the poor little boys in France afraid they have to take on big bad Boeing without a full fledged handout?
Sure Boeing gets a tax breaks or something like that; but that is a very, very different reality from the CASH hand outs given to Greyhound Bus with wings over in France.
Lets take your own tax return for example. Now if you were given a tax credit of $1,000 here in the US, by the time it all figures in (depending on your earnings, etc) you might see a real cash difference of $250 in your favor. That a whole bunch different than getting $1000 cash handed over to you in your hand and NEVER having to pay it back.
Boeing could launch new models or varients all day long with that kind of cash subsidies to help them along.
Level the playing field: I say to President Bush, give the same rules to Boeing as France gives to Airbus and let's see what happens!
As a matter of fact, lets see you do that with Toyota, Honda, GM
, Ford, Cessna, Piper, Bell, Canadair, Embraer, Lockheed, Northrup, etc, etc , etc.