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

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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.

@byronyork He sort of said that — likes to get out of Washington and ‘have a conversation’ about the country

— Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) December 10, 2012

Perhaps he’ll send them a postcard from Hawaii.

I hope the union workers in MI aren’t duped by Obama’s “working man” bit. He’s going to spend $4M in Hawaii on vacation next week.

— Ashley Sewell (@TXTrendyChick) December 10, 2012

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.

Obama: “I love coming to factories . . . you have all this cool equipment” adds that Secret Service won’t let him use it

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 10, 2012

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!

More Obama: “It’s now safe to turn on your televisions again … all those scary ads are off of the air”

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 10, 2012

RT @amympayne Obama: “Nobody’s calling you in the middle of dinner asking for your support.” Except for… um… Obama: bit.ly/SM7CCr

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) December 10, 2012

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:

Obama just said “good union jobs”.In a state about to go Right To Work.Also, his investment record kinda blows.

— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) December 10, 2012

And placing his bet on the American worker. Awwww!

President Obama on the auto rescue: “We bet on American ingenuity, and I’d make that same bet again any day of the week.”

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2012

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.

Obama: “What we shouldn’t be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for higher wages”. . . huge applause

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 10, 2012

Pres #Obama: “People shouldn’t be taking away your rights to collectively bargain” #savemi twitter.com/Anne_Savage/st…

— Anne C. Savage (@Anne_Savage) December 10, 2012

“What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions.” @barackobama #savemi

— We Are Michigan (@WeAreMichigan) December 10, 2012

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

Obama: “Right-to-work laws isn’t about economics, its about politics”

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 10, 2012

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

Demagogue in Chief. RT @byronyork ‘What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.’

— RB (@RBPundit) December 10, 2012

Union goons and admirers were ecstatic:

@barackobama says what we SHOULDN’T be doing is taking away your rights to collectively bargain. #SaveMI

— MI House Democrats (@MIHouseDems) December 10, 2012

There it is… @barackobama stands up for collective bargaining! Awesome!!! #Daimler #POTUS #SaveMI #NoRTW #NoRTW4MI

— Sherri PerryMitchell (@shempenny) December 10, 2012

Boom! #POTUS taking a stand against #Righttowork law in Michigan. #noRTWMI #saveMI

— Omer Farooque (@omerizer) December 10, 2012

RT @hotlinealberta Obama drops the hammer on #righttowork:”What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money”

— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) December 10, 2012

“We don’t want a race to the bottom; we want a race to the top” – POTUS says in MI, blasting #RTW4Less

— Mitchell Hirsch (@mitchellhirsch) December 10, 2012

@whlive Thank you for sticking up for us, Mr. President. #righttowork #savemi

— Vicki Post (@vlpost) December 10, 2012

Thank you for standing up for collective bargaining today, Mr. President & for calling it what it is: right to work for less #savemi

— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) December 10, 2012

President #Obama speaks out against the drive to make Michigan a Right to Work for Less state. Is @onetoughnerd listening? #noRTWMI #saveMI

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) December 10, 2012

I really like it when @barackobama stands up for rights like collective bargaining, because THAT is the guy I elected. #1u #SaveMI

— Alesa Mackool (@alesacm) December 10, 2012

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

“I believe America only succeeds and thrives when we’ve got a strong and growing middle class.” —President Obama

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2012

Obama says America only succeeds when we have a strong, growing middle class. So why has his economy devastated the middle class?

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 10, 2012

Obama talking about middle class jobs in Michigan is laughable.There is no middle class, especially in Michigan.

— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) December 10, 2012

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:

RT @davidhauptmann: Obama doing what he does best: campaigning and pointing fingers, instead of trying to work out a solution with Congress.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 10, 2012

And the wealthy pay more:

“If Congress doesn’t act, the typical middle class family of four will see their taxes go up by about $2,200.” —President Obama

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2012

“We can solve this problem. All Congress has to do is pass a law to prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.” —Obama

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2012

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:

I’m fired up and ready for the President to get serious about cutting spending. #StillCampaigning

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) December 10, 2012

Obama: “If we’re serious about reducing our deficit we’ve also go to be serious about [increasing our deficit by spending more]“

— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesWFB) December 10, 2012

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

“Our economic success has never come from the top down; it comes from the middle out.” —President Obama

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2012

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.

There is no middle class.RT @barackobama: “Our economic success has never come from the top down; it comes from the middle out.”

— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) December 10, 2012

Don’t you love how Mr. Central Planner Obama denounces “top-down” economics? It’s like he doesn’t even know who he is. #tcot #p2

— RB (@RBPundit) December 10, 2012

You can’t get more “top-down” in economics than what Obama believes. Yet he’s always saying “top down” economics don’t work. #dissonance

— RB (@RBPundit) December 10, 2012

The irony. It burns.

A pointless Obama speech in MI.Why go there to give it?Is he just missing the trail?

— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 10, 2012

He’s missing a lot more than that.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/10/campaigner-in-chief-wages-class-warfare-in-michigan-slams-right-to-work-laws/

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