Thar She Blows… Obama Torpedoes Flag Cruise Industry

Next he came for the cruise ships…

Don’t look now but the Obama Administration torpedoed the American Flagship project’s long-planned, private sector funded initiative to build cruise ships here in America.
Marine Link reported:

As Royal Caribbean Cruises confidently orders its third Finnish-government-financed Oasis-class ship, the Obama Administration slams the door on American competition in this $40 billion-a-year industry supported almost entirely by US passenger revenues. The American Flagship project claims Obama bulldozed its long-planned, private sector funded, job-creating initiative – perhaps to spur already prolific foreign-flag campaign contributions.

According to World City America Inc., the Finnish government has agreed to finance a third Royal Caribbean cruise ship while the Obama Administration dictates that the American economy and American jobs will be preempted from competing in this US-driven market. World City advises that the US Maritime Administration has arbitrarily dictated that the nation’s ship financing program cannot be used to build cruise ships despite the fact that the cruise sector is the only segment of the international shipping industry that has consistently done well, year after year, for decades.

Stephanie Gallagher, President of World City America Inc., which company has spent decades and over $60 million trying to capture a fair share of this US-passenger-dependent industry, claims that the Obama Administration has not only “missed the boat” of American opportunity to create and sustain thousands of new jobs and billions in new tax revenues, at no cost to the taxpayer, and with only managed risk, but that President Obama has gone further and dictated that the nations’ ship financing program will not be used to access this huge market.

“It’s a shot in the head,” claims Gallagher. “The Obama Administration, not unlike prior administrations, has enjoyed the foreign-flag cruise lobby largesse and largely ignored the fact that this US-passenger-dependent industry competes with US hotels, resorts, casinos, and other hospitality organizations without having to pay taxes or hire Americans.”

“It’s amazing to me,” said Gallagher, “that the President bragged just last week that he ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to a level playing field and giving Americans a fair shot in the global economy.”

“In reality,” said Gallagher, “American passengers support a $40 billion-a-year industry that found a way to beat the system — to avoid hiring Americans or paying taxes on their multi-billion-dollar revenues.”

“Our organization,” says Gallagher, “found a way to compete by designing a superior product that Royal Caribbean has, in many respects, emulated with their 5,400-passenger Oasis-class ships. But we went further and found an internationally competitive way to build the ship here in America, to fly the Stars & Stripes, to pay taxes, to hire Americans, and to play by the rules.”

“Having demonstrated that our plan would be economically sound, would not cost the taxpayers anything, would not increase the debt but would improve the deficit, the only way to push us off the cliff was to enact policy that preempted the nation’s ship financing program from being used to build cruise ships. That’s what the Obama Administration did,” claims Gallagher.

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  • Patty

    It would be funny, (this picture and the Caption) but Obama has the magic touch, now doesn’t he.

    crew to Obama: where will we work, now?”

  • RealMc

    Anyone really truly surprised by this ?

    Another dagger in the economy.

  • bg




    October 8, 2012

    Muslims Offended—Soldier’s Career Destroyed
    —Official Army Records Show Loss to Nation—

    Egyptian President Morsi Shows His Colors

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    ~ Barry Dunham Soertoro Barack Hussein Obama

    and when the election is fixed so that i
    win, you will also be speaking nothin’..


  • jorgen

    Patty #1: crew to Obama: where will we work, now?”

    In China.

  • Bob

    We need to let him go

  • Patty

    Remember who built this: Obama!

  • Patty

    #5 October 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    Bob commented:

    We will! But if anyone sees Voter Fraud, well, you will report it. WE ALL WILL!

  • Patty

    OT Some may know this already but for those who don’t………

    Bombshell: Owned by Bundler in Shanghai with Business Ties to Chinese Government

    In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign and fraudulent Internet campaign donations in U.S. federal elections

  • Patty


    Chuck Todd, Ben Smith Lament Lack of Trust In Institutions They Helped Destroy

    Who could believe a word that comes out of the mouth of Chuck Todd, the reason we are here sitting today, with trillions in debt.

  • Yrral Dleifsarb

    Policy issues reduce to two questions for Zero:
    1. Will doing X harm the United States?
    2. Will those stupid enough to vote for Demopaths understand the harm?

    In this case, with the answers being “yes” and “no”, it was an easy call for Zero.

  • bg


    why is everything a “bombshell” these days..

    i notice a lot of “repeated” adjectives,
    surely bloggers have dictionaries.. /s/


  • Granny

    With the grace of G-d, perhaps President Romney will be in time to undo some of the harm this administration has done!

  • Patty

    #11 October 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    bg commented:

    Title referenced “Bombshell.” I just post em’ like I sees em”


  • Patty

    #11 October 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    bg commented:

    But bg, I do get what you are saying.

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  • Whiskeytangofoxtrot

    You know, we owe this man a lot…an awful lot, don’t you think? After all, he is a kind man, but what kind I wouldn’t care to say…

  • Paddy

    This post is unclear. Has Obama waived the Jones Act in order to facilitate foreign competition?

  • bobdog

    But…but…those are UNION jobs!

    Just like the coal industry, and the oil exploration industry before that.

    Maybe these folks can find nice high paying temporary jobs in America’s booming alternative energy business.

  • MT Geoff

    I doubt if President Obama would know a good jobs action or a good economic policy if it were gift-wrapped for him. In fact, his declining to involve the US government in this makes me think it might actually be a money-maker. BUT —
    If there’s a real market for the US to build a cruise ship, the federal government’s involvement would only tilt the table. If there’s no private capital to risk in this venture, there’s sure no government capital to risk in it.
    A cruise ship is not a public good nor is the employment of its builders and personnel. They may be social goods (increased employment, money circulating inside the US) but they are not public goods. Public money only for public goods.

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  • definitely not obama campaign contributors.

    its a marxist’s job to destroy the existing order.

  • Joe College

    Carnival and Royal Caribbean are both dominated by Israeli families. That’s probably the answer right there.

  • Mitch Rapp

    But, Obama will attempt to run a Lemonade stand next year

  • ConcernedUSA

    This is a VERY important story which needs to be elevated. This is a huge industry offering good mfg jobs. Please raise the alarm on the facts here!

  • Blue Hen

    The question is, what is this Finnish yard doing that enables it to capture this work? Is it due to easy credit backed by the Finnish government? is it favorable regulatory conditions? Do they simply provide better value? Apparently we already have some sort of financing/credit program, though I suspect that it’s for merchant shipping that can be converted for militiary use if needed. It would be similar to the underwriting of liners prior to World War II, sinc ethey would be taken into service in wartime. Since there’s no likelihood of that happening again, it is a good question whether we should even consider option #1.

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  • SturJen

    “#15 – More Minty commented: Am I to infer that you now approve of the US government giving taxpayer money to private interests?”

    WTF is Solyndra ? GM? Solar Trust of America? Bright Source? LSP Energy? Abound Solar? Energy Conversion Devices? Sun Power? Beacon Power? Evergreen Solar? Spectra Watt?

    I could go on and on, but the jist is that it’s already being done. All of those companies got ‘loans’ from the US Government and failed to repay them. TAXPAYER MONEY has already gone down the crap hole.

    The only difference in this case is the fact there is a good probability of being paid back for that loan. When many other industries are failing, cruise ships are holding steady.

  • Wow. Obama is a (muslim) marxist out to destroy the existing order…Carnival and Royal Caribbean are both dominated by Israeli families (read jew-lover) … govt should get out of the private sector (except this instance) .. Obama captive of evil Finnish lobbyist cartel.. etc.
    What a bunch of dupes you are – ready to gobble up the latest twaddle the Romney lie machine dishes out. Try rational thought, for a change.
    As someone pointed out in this thread, the US govt MAY have decided not to enter the private market and tilt the table for rational reasons. I don’t really know yet, but I will investigate. Meanwhile inflammatory headlines about “torpedoing the Flag Cruise Industry” above a photo of a capsized Italian cruise ship does not really whisper “unbiased” to me. It screams Fox to me. I’m sure the truth will be far more subtle than this sour grapes served up by the (loser) American lobbyists. Take a pill.

  • valerie

    #20 October 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    MT Geoff commented:

    The public good involved in supporting the ship-building industry within the borders of this country is exactly the same as the public good involved in supporting the car-building industry.

    Heavy industry is a strategic resource.

    I seriously doubt that BO and most of the people that came in with his administration would ever value a strategic resource for the United States. They don’t think we should have those things.

  • Kathteach

    Hey folks – you must remember what Obama wrote in “Audacity of hope” about those rich white folks who take cruises:

    From the book:

    “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere… That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

    I got this right from Jim’s site at :

    One of the first laws Obama got through Congress and signed was the 10% tax on tanning salons. As if that isn’t even more “in your face to white folks”.

    A great race divider, this dangerous man.

    We need to fire him in November.

  • Economan

    Every decision this bastard makes is not in the best interest of this country. The anti-American President.

  • Flintstone F.

    Just a reminder:

    Obama is president of the entire whole wide world.

    Spreading the wealth.

  • What moronic comments! I’m outta here.

  • Obama hates America, and this is yet another thing he has done to show it. This should be shared as much as possible with others what Obama is doing. Like the article says, Obama says one thing and does another. I would not even say it is his administration. This come straight from the jerk Obama.

  • Obama is the worst president our country ever had and the most hated.

  • Grammie

    As much as I disapprove (and “disapprove is a very mild way of putting it) of BHO and his policies and belive him & his regulators capable of virtually anything I find this article short on details.

    How and by whom was this done? I’m not familiar with the ins and outs of the boat building industry and must reserve judgment until further details are available.

    Please follow up for your readers.

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