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What Obama Didn’t Say Today At Yet Another “Jobs” Forum

RNC Communications - January 11, 2012

A Few Notes On Obama’s Insourcing Proposal Today

It’s All Been Done…

In February 2011 Obama Said He Wanted To “Multiply” Stories About “Insourcing.” OBAMA: “Now, if you can do this in snowy U.P. -- (laughter) -- we can do it all across America.  In fact, many places already are.  So in Wagner, South Dakota, patients can receive high-quality, lifesaving medical care from a Sioux Falls specialist who can monitor their EKG and listen to their breathing -- from 100 miles away.  In Ten Sleep, Wyoming -- I love the name of that town, Ten Sleep -- it’s a town in Wyoming of 300 people.  A fiber-optic network allowed a company to employ several hundred teachers who teach English to students in Asia over the Internet, 24 hours a day.  You’ve all heard about outsourcing.  Well, this is ‘insourcing’ -- where overseas work is done right here in the United States of America.  (Applause.) So we want to multiply these stories -- we want to multiply your story -- all over the country.” (President Obama, Remarks by the President on the National Wireless Initiative, Marquette, MI, 2/10/11)

“Each Year Since Taking Office, Obama Has Used His Budget To Urge Changes To The Tax Treatment Of Foreign Profits. And Each Year, Congress Has Rejected The Proposal.” (Josh Gerstein And Josh Boak, “WH Joins Anti-Romney Jobs Barrage,” Politico1/11/12)

  • Reminder: In 2009 And 2010, Obama Got Almost Everything Thing He Wanted Out Of The Democrat-Controlled Congress.  “He passed $830 billion in stimulus, $3 billion for cash for clunkers, $30 billion in small business loans, $30 billion for mortgage modification, the GM-Chrysler bailouts, ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, credit card price controls, Build America Bonds, jobless benefits for a record 99 weeks, and more. The only priorities that a Democratic Congress blocked were cap-and-tax and union card check, and both of those would have further damaged growth and jobs. Even last December, after Republicans had retaken the House, Mr. Obama won his one-year payroll tax cut, more jobless benefits and most of what he wanted.” (Editorial, “The Latest Jobs Plan,” The Wall Street Journal9/9/11)

If You Donate To His Campaign, Obama Will Easily Overlook Your History Of Outsourcing Rather Than Incourcing

Some Of Obama’s Top Tier Bundlers Work For Companies Which Have “Announced Efforts To Outsource Labor-Intensive Work To India Or China. “Several executives in the top tier of Obama bundlers, raising more than $500,000 apiece, work for companies such as Microsoft, DreamWorks and Pfizer — all of which have announced efforts to outsource labor-intensive work to India or China in recent years. Other bundlers work for or have links to firms that promote investments in India.” (Josh Gerstein And Josh Boak, “WH Joins Anti-Romney Jobs Barrage,” Politico1/11/12)

It Didn’t Bother Obama That Billions Of Stimulus Dollars Flowed Overseas

Stimulus Funds To Support Renewable Energy Industry Has Flowed Overseas, Despite Congressional Criticism And Calls For Change. “Money from the 2009 stimulus bill to help support the renewable energy industry continues to flow overseas, despite Congressional criticism and calls for change, according to a new analysis of the program by the Investigative Reporting Workshop.” (Russ Choma, “Renewable Energy Money Still Going Abroad, Despite Criticism From Congress,” Investigating Reporting Workshop/ABC’s World News Tonight/Watchdog Institute, 2/8/10)

The Department Of Energy "Acknowledged" That Up To 80 Percent Of Some Green Programs Went To Foreign Firms. "The Department of Energy estimated that 82,000 jobs have been created and has acknowledged that as much as 80 percent of some green programs, including $2.3 billion of manufacturing tax credits, went to foreign firms that employed workers primarily in countries including China, South Korea and Spain, rather than in the United States." (Patrice Hill, "'Green' Jobs No Longer Golden In Stimulus," The Washington Times, 9/9/10)

Fisker Automotive Received $529 Million To Build Luxury Electric Cars But Ended Up Building Them In Finland. “With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.” (Matthew Mosk And Brian Ross, “Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland,” ABC News, 10/20/11)

Nearly $2 Billion In Stimulus Funds Has Gone To Foreign Manufacturers Of Wind Turbines. “Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.” (Jonathan Karl, “New Wind Farms In The U.S. Do Not Bring Jobs,” ABC News, 2/9/10)

Obama Was Silent When His NLRB’s Actions Threatened To Drive Jobs Overseas

Obama’s National Labor Relations Board Declared That Boeing Opening A New Plant In 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)

  • “[The NLRB] Filed A Complaint Demanding That An Administrative Law Judge Halt The South Carolina Plant (Set To Open In July), And Force Boeing To Move Production To Washington.” (Editorial, “Congress Vs. The NLRB,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/4/11)
  • Boeing Had “Already Poured Billions Into The Facilities And … 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)
  • The Columbus Dispatch: “The Chilling Effect On Other Companies That Are Considering Building New Plants Is Incalculable.” (Editorial, “Labor Day,” The Columbus Dispatch9/5/11)
  • Chicago Tribune: “You Have To Wonder About A Federal Agency That Sticks It To An American Manufacturer Creating Thousands Of Good-Paying Jobs Inside The Nation's Borders Instead Of Overseas.” (Editorial, “NLRB v. Boeing – And Jobs,” Chicago Tribune, 9/6/11)

“Since The NLRB Sued The Airplane Company In April To Prevent It From Building A New Plant In South Carolina, Mr. Obama's Position Has Alternated Between Silent And Incomprehensible.” (Editorial, “The White House Vs. Boeing,” The Wall Street Journal7/28/11)

  • Obama Formally Opposed A Bill That Would Prevent The NLRB From Shutting Down The Boeing Plant In South Carolina Or Forcing Businesses To Relocate In The Future. “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)

The Union Asked NLRB To Drop Complaint After Boeing Agreed To “Substantial Raises” And “Unusual Job Security Provisions.” “The N.L.R.B.’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the labor board had decided to end the case after the machinists’ union — which originally asked for the case to be brought — urged the board on Thursday to withdraw it. On Wednesday night, the union announced that 74 percent of its 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington State had voted to ratify a four-year contract extension that includes substantial raises, unusual job security provisions and a commitment by Boeing to expand aircraft production in the Puget Sound area.” (Steve Greenhouse, “Labor Board Drops Case Against Boeing,” The New York Times, 12/9/11)

  • President Obama Said He Was “Glad People Are Gonna Be Working” After Boeing And Labor Negotiated A New Contract. “President Obama praised the resolution of a labor dispute that had blocked an airplane plant in South Carolina and threatened to create a political headache in next year's election. ‘I'm glad people are gonna be working,’ Obama told a press pool as he walked from a staff holiday party in Blair House, across the street from the White House.” (David Jackson, “Obama Pleased With Boeing/Labor Settlement,” USA Today, 12/9/11)

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