Campaigner in chief wages class warfare in Michigan, slams right-to-work laws

President Obama is in Michigan today, where he gave a snoozer of an economic speech to workers at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant. As we all know, he loves nothing more than to come down from his ivory tower and mingle with the working class.

Perhaps he’ll send them a postcard from Hawaii.

The president praised Daimler’s totally awesome equipment but lamented that the Secret Service wouldn’t let him touch any of it. He might mess things up, you see.

Hmmm … rather metaphorical, that. Too bad the Secret Service can’t make him keep his hands off our country.

He went on to assure his audience that the campaign season is officially over. For realsies!

Guess Obama missed that memo. The president is clearly still worried about his campaign coffers being filled. He expressed vehement opposition to the right-to-work legislation that passed in Michigan late last week, no doubt largely due to the fact that less revenue in union dues means a drop in post-campaign campaign contributions. Today, he was in full campaign pander mode, singing the praises of union jobs:

And placing his bet on the American worker. Awwww!

Michigan’s Big Labor contingent had been clamoring for the president to weigh in on the state’s new right-to-work status, and they weren’t disappointed:

Obama managed to disingenously conflate right-to-work laws with a ban on collective bargaining. That’s not at all the case, as collective bargaining is protected by federal law, but Obama’s not one to let facts get in the way when he’s rolling.

He complained that right-to-work laws are strictly about politics, not economics:

And then proceeded to politicize right-to-work laws:

Union goons and admirers were ecstatic:

Yeah. Thank goodness he got elected. He’s looking out for the middle class.

But there can be! All we need is compromise. And the president is willing to compromise when it comes to protecting the middle class and averting the fiscal cliff. He’s willing to compromise as long as he gets his way:

And the wealthy pay more:

It’s easy, you see? Save the middle class by punishing the people who employ the middle class!

Upping the tax rate for wealthy Americans will also help fix the deficit:

But let Obama be clear: he refuses to allow a top-down economic policy.

His commitment to punishing the top earners and asserting that their money will go to the more deserving working and middle classes, his insistence on dictating how much money Americans make and how they are allowed to use it, is totally different from top-down economics.

The irony. It burns.

He’s missing a lot more than that.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Unions do nothing nowadays but take money from good people and raise rates for consumers. I’m talking about union leaders, not the workers(because not all of them are loons); they are hateful, self-serving bullies. We need right-to-work so nobody can get forced to join something they don’t want to join when they have a job.

    • EEKman

      Nobody is forced to join a union now. Right to work just says you don’t have to pay union dues, thus starving them. Workers in right to work states do get paid less. If youre a working class individual this is a very big deal.

      • WilliamAmos

        Baloney EEK I was in two jobs both times was told I had to join unions or I couldn;t work. They took dues out and told me to vote democrat.

        • EEKman

          I’ve never been in a union. How much are typical union dues?
          They actually told you to vote democrat? That’s pretty bad. Even a liberal troll like me can’t justify that.

          • WilliamAmos

            It varies. I had roughly $20 a week when I worked at Krogers and in foodservice Union. It was more from UAW when I worked at Delphi plant in Ohio. Think it was about $40 a week. And yes the Union rep when he meet me and the other workers passed out Voter Registration forms and Democratic party literature at first time union rep meet.

          • therantinggeek

            I was in a similar situation myself. I used to work for Homeland (regional grocery store chain in the Midwest) and was told to join the local union and pay dues otherwise I wouldn’t be guaranteed the hours I wanted. Like you, I was given Democratic party literature from the union rep and handed a voter registration form.

            Needless to say I started looking for a job elsewhere and managed to land one fairly quickly. At a call center fielding help desk calls. *shrug*

          • therantinggeek

            I was in a similar situation myself. I used to work for Homeland (regional grocery store chain in the Midwest) and was told to join the local union and pay dues otherwise I wouldn’t be guaranteed the hours I wanted. Like you, I was given Democratic party literature from the union rep and handed a voter registration form.

            Needless to say I started looking for a job elsewhere and managed to land one fairly quickly. At a call center fielding help desk calls. *shrug*

      • irishgirl91

        If they are really happier to have the unions, why not allow them the gift of paying their dues directly. Let their family gather around the table while paying the other bills and smile gratefully while they write the check. Want to get the bosses really pissed, have them talk about the various states talking about not deducting union dues from the state workers paychecks automatically.

    • Linda Ponzo

      Where I work, CDL drivers looking for work will walk out before even filling out an application when they find out our company drivers are union. These guys have to pay a $300 initiation fee out of their first few paychecks, plus weekly dues, and they’ve got worse benefits than the non-union office workers. Two things the union does is get rich and protect the unproductive slackers. I work for a small company and profit margins aren’t great in this industry so the union hurts the entire organization by not allowing management to get rid of bums, even with multiple write ups, warnings and ‘last chance’ agreements. Every state should be RTW.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Unions do nothing nowadays but take money from good people and raise rates for consumers. I’m talking about union leaders, not the workers(because not all of them are loons); they are hateful, self-serving bullies. We need right-to-work so nobody can get forced to join something they don’t want to join when they have a job.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    All these same statements were made in Indiana about our new RTW law. They screamed and yelled, the democrat house members ran away to Illinois and protests galore. Yet, here we are almost a year later and we hardly hear a peep out of these people any more. Good job Michigan and don’t let the loud mouths fools you. They will go away soon enough.

    • Kate

      The same thing will happen on a national level once we elect a fiscal conservative to office and cut entitlement spending. People will scream and whine, but the country will ultimately be better for it.

    • r_coplin2001

      You sure that happened in Indiana as i know it happened in Wisconsin unless i am missing something.

  • EOD

    Top Down Economics = From the Federal Government (Richest Entity on Earth) to the Masses Peasants.

    Obama has always been a slave to the Trickle-Down Economic Model.

    • jackay

      Trickle down government, as Mr Romney stated. That’s what Obozo is all about.

  • sybilll

    Right To Work is about choice. I thought the Democrats were pro “choice”

    • CherDash

      @sybilll:disqus Only in the case of infanticide. Everything else they want people to do things their way.

  • tk10

    course he’s missing the trail, its where all the throne sniffers are located…congress not so much, cause thats where the opposition resides… #nobrainer

  • Richard J Sunkle

    The clown is incapable of telling the truth.

  • jerry

    ALL states need to be right to work states. NO TO CARD CHECK. Stop creeping communism!

  • Gallatin

    Union members at Obama Detroit speech wearing stickers: “The President Saved the Auto Industry. Don’t Let Snyder Destroy It.” #savemi

    And it was one of the stupidest things George W. Bush did in his last days of being President.

  • Gallatin

    Now that I got the first post out of my system I have something different to say.

    To GM, Chrysler, and the UAW:

    No President saved your companies or your jobs the AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DID!!! I for one am sick and tired of listening to you uaw weenies fawn over obowmao when first of all it wasn’t obowmao who misappropriated tax payer funds to save your sorry butts, it was Bush. Secondly until you grovel at the feet of this taxpayer I will never, I repeat never buy another GM or Chrysler vehicle. All you weenies have a very Merry Christmas.

    • r_coplin2001

      Ok if people wanted to buy GM and Chrysler cars at a decent price their would be know reason for an auto bailout.The reason why GM and Chrysler had to get an auto bailout are most likely from 2 reasons the price of the car was way to high do to high wages or the cars were not that good.How many Chevy Volt cars are being sold now even with the federal subsidy on the Chevy Volt.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Who needs unions, when you have the EEOC? When I got a disparaging note in my public mailbox at my job, I immediately contacted the EEOC website for their definition on harassment. I wasn’t union, so I didn’t have anyone to ‘stick up for my rights’ in my workplace. I was able to get the information I needed, and submit it to my boss, along with the note, citing harassment. No unions helped me to improve my conditions at work. Gee…. it wasn’t even really that difficult. Best part about it, was the man in question was rather known for pulling the race card when his performance was in question. (I.e. Leaving the bridal parties of 3 different wedding groups stranded on 3 separate occasions, when he decided he didn’t want to stay until his scheduled time.) I was a night auditor/manager at a hotel, and he cost the hotel money, since I had to arrange other transportation.

    He tried to tell the General Manager that he didn’t write the things he wrote in the note, and the GM countered when he showed him where exactly he did, in fact, write the disparaging remarks. He then claimed I was harassing him, lol. It was rich!

  • lana ward

    All Omuslim knows how to do is campaign, spend money we don’t have and cause trouble

  • Linda Ponzo

    He is such a lying sack of $hit and these idiots believe him and cheer him on.

  • http://twitter.com/Phelpsy64 Disciple

    I had a Union job and lost it because of Obama, what an idiot he is.

  • W Randall

    Tax payer dollars “saved” the auto industry, NOT 0bama and all that really saved was the Unions control over companies that the Union drove into the ground to start with. Americans definition of success is in the toilet.

  • G.

    Well, it IS difficult being President of ALL the people when you’re a slave to the unions.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    right to work is already in place in a lot of other states. Why the big whoop over Michigan?…..The UAW. Thugs. They have been holding MI hostage for years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    Unions were good 50 years ago but now they are destroying this great country through GREED and CORRUPTION.

  • irishgirl91

    He is “telling the story”. That and he hates working at the actual job of governing the country he dislikes. Get his numbers up ahead of his Nero like vacation.