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Just More Words: On Boeing, A “Remarkable Example” Of Obama’s Hypocrisy

RNC Communications - November 18, 2011

Yesterday, Obama Praised Boeing For Creating Jobs

President Obama’s Statement On Deal Between Boeing And Lion Air: "Well, I just want to make a brief statement. This is a remarkable example of the trade investment and commercial opportunities that exist in the Asia Pacific region.” (“Obama’s Statement On Boeing Deal,” Politico11/18/11)

  • Obama Said The Multibillion-Dollar Deal “Can Result Directly In Jobs At Home.” “‘For the last several days I’ve been talking about how we have to make sure that we’ve got a presence in this region, that it can result directly in jobs at home. And what we see here -- a multibillion-dollar deal between Lion Air -- one of the fastest-growing airlines not just in the region, but in the world -- and Boeing is going to result in over 100,000 jobs back in the United States of America, over a long period of time.’ ‘This represents the largest deal, if I’m not mistaken, that Boeing has ever done. We are looking at over 200 planes that are going to be sold.’” (“Obama’s Statement On Boeing Deal,” Politico11/18/11)
  • Obama Congratulated Boeing, Touting A “Made In America” Product That Would Bring Job Security To American Workers. “I want to congratulate Boeing for makinoutstanding planes, including the one that I fly on. (Laughter.) And this is an example of a win-win situation where the people of the region are going to be able to benefit from an outstanding airline. And our workers back home are going to be able to have job security and be able to produce an outstanding product made in America.” (“Obama’s Statement On Boeing Deal,” Politico11/18/11)

But Obama Continues To Block Boeing From Creating Jobs Because It Upsets His Union Allies

Obama’s National Labor Relations Board Has Declared That Boeing Opening A New Plant “In ‘Right To Work’ South Carolina” Would Be “Illegal.” “At issue is whether Boeing, which is slated to open a plant this summer in North Charleston and create thousands of jobs, can legally do so. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) contends in a complaint recently filed against Boeing that the company can’t open its plant in ‘right to work’ South Carolina because the move is allegedly motivated by an attempt to avoid strikes and thus intimidate Boeing workers elsewhere.”  (Kathleen Parker, Op-Ed, “The NLRB Fires A Shot South Carolina Can’t Ignore,” The Washington Post4/22/11)

  • “It Attempts To Punish Workers Merely Because Their States Passed Right-To-Work Laws.” (Editorial, “The White House Vs. Boeing,” The Wall Street Journal7/28/11)

Boeing Has “Already Poured Billions Into The Facilities And Have Hired 1,000 Workers.” “Boeing, a vital U.S. company, wants to build a plant in South Carolina and bring good-paying manufacturing jobs to the state. They've already poured billions into the facilities and have hired 1,000 workers. But the NLRB filed a lawsuit last month to force Boeing back to Washington state, where workers would be represented by a union.” (Editorial, “Killing Jobs In South Carolina,” The Denver Post, 5/2/11)

  • Boeing’s Lawyer Warns That If The NLRB Can Tell A Company Where To Make Its Products It Could Cost “Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs.” “If it succeeds, a suit by the National Labor Relations Board seeking to block Boeing from building airplanes in a non-union facility in South Carolina will set a precedent that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide, the company's vice president and general counsel Michael Lutting said at a Senate hearing on Thursday.” (Phillip Klein, “Boeing Lawyer Tells Senate Committee NLRB Suite Could Cost Hundreds IOf Thousands Of Jobs,” The Washington Examiner, 5/12/11)

The Savannah Morning News: The NRLB’s Action Against Boeing Is “A Shocking And Frightening Display Of Washington Interference.” “In a shocking and frightening display of Washington interference, the National Labor Relations Board has taken unprecedented legal action against The Boeing Company to prevent it from expanding production in the Palmetto State. Why? Because the federal board claims that a private company that creates jobs in a right-to-work state like South Carolina is engaging in an ‘unfair labor practice.’” (Editorial, “Boeing Plant: Job Killing In S.C.,” The Savannah Morning News, 5/5/11)

The Seattle Times: The NLRB Demands Show “No Sense Of Practical Reality.” “In South Carolina, assembly of the first 787 is scheduled to begin this summer. For the government to demand now that the company move everything to another state shows no sense of practical reality.” (Editorial, “NLRB Complaint Against Boeing Needs Critical Look,” The Seattle Times6/13/11)

  • The Seattle Times: “In its complaint, the NLRB is attempting to reverse a U.S. investment by the nation's No. 1 exporter 17 months after the company decided to make it — after the money has been spent, after the equipment is set up and after 1,000 workers have been hired.” (Editorial, “NLRB Complaint Against Boeing Needs Critical Look,” The Seattle Times6/13/11)

Obama Formally Opposed A Bill That Would Have Prevented The NLRB From Shutting Down The Boeing Plant In South Carolina. “In a formal statement of Administration policy, the White House opposed a bill sponsored by South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott that would reduce the power of the NLRB and prohibit it ‘from ordering any employer to relocate, shut down, or transfer employment under any circumstance.’” (Editorial, “The White House Vs. Boeing,” The Wall Street Journal7/28/11)


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