Video: Neil’s story

posted at 8:45 am on June 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

How does the current administration’s top-down economics planning impact job creation?  Meet Neil Whitman, president of Dunhill Staffing Services in South Carolina, as he explains exactly how regulatory uncertainty plays into decisions to open new positions in this new video from American Job Creators, a new House GOP project.  Neil also tells the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exactly what happens when government agencies like the NLRB intervene to disrupt business expansion:

Neil testified to the Oversight Committee about NLRB’s attack against Boeing’s move to his business region:

The announcement on October 28, 2009 that Boeing had picked Charleston for their new assembly plant was the best economic news in a long while. We knew immediately this was a game changer for our area and offered great potential for my small business. I learned that Boeing was committed to utilizing local resources and that it gave generously to their communities. All of this proved to be true. After a numerous meetings and negotiation, my company was added to Boeing’s list of national contract labor suppliers and now we get to compete for their business every single day. To handle this additional volume of work I’ve added a full time account manager who focuses exclusively on Boeing’s staffing needs. The jobs we fill all pay well above the local average and provide an entry point for people to join Boeing as regular full time employees. Since being approved as a Boeing supplier we have placed over 100 employees with them here in Charleston and my revenue has grown 295%. This is counter to the current job market which, as recent news has indicated, continues to be very difficult. If not for this Boeing business my small business would be very different.

Mine is not the only small business that’s felt the positive impact of Boeing’s presence in Charleston. Recently I had a conversation with an engineer from a local geotechnical engineering firm who told me that without Boeing they’d be out of business. I have no doubt there are many such stories to be told here in Charleston. If Boeing is forced to shutdown their Charleston operations it would mean the loss of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in an economy that is barely recovering from the recession. I don’t know if the small business I created over ten years ago and hope to pass on to my daughter would survive.

And this is what business creators see from this administration:

When I first heard of this lawsuit I was more than a little concerned. Many of my friends and business colleagues wondered why our government would consider such an action which clearly seems to be an assault on our free enterprise system. Each and every day businesses large and small must make decisions about where to best invest their limited resources. That’s what I did eleven years ago when I decided to start my own small business. I did so after my research showed Charleston to be a good market. That decision proved to be a good one. Boeing did the same thing and decided to invest several hundred million dollars in our community. I believe they did so after carefully considering a multitude of factors including the positive labor climate in our state.

This lawsuit, by an agency of our federal government is, in my opinion, against all makes our that our economic system special. It will have negative consequences for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders who must be able to locate their businesses without the threat of government intervention. The freedom to make these kind of decisions must be preserved.

If anyone still wonders why job creators have proven reluctant to invest in expansion, Neil gives a very succinct explanation in his testimony. They see a runaway federal government that wants to intervene arbitrarily in ways that threaten any sort of planning and investment in expansion merely to protect their political allies. Under these conditions, capital will stay on the sidelines and jobs will continue to disappear.

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Sounds like the Administration policies are…..mmmmm, Anti-American?

This is a great one minute clip that says it all (and will put a smile on your face, if you’re a Conservative).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK3Eo9cScEQ&feature=share

PappyD61 on June 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

If no one chooses to create anything, money becomes worthless.

astonerii on June 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

This can’t be right. This guy sounds like a union buster to me. Trying to keep the working man down! Or something.

a capella on June 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Que the media’s sad story of the people in WA who will be losing their job and shutting down their business because Boeing is moving out. blah, blah, blah

ramrants on June 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Thanks Pappy! I had not seen or heard that one :)

IowaWoman on June 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Que the media’s sad story of the people in WA who will be losing their job and shutting down their business because Boeing is moving out. blah, blah, blah

ramrants on June 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Problem with that is…….no one in WA will lose a job due to this. Boeing is adding jobs in WA also.

IowaWoman on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

The man is right. Shame on our generation for what we are leaving to our children. It may not be our responsibility to grease the skids for them, but we don’t have to toss boulders in their way either.

Extrafishy on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

PappyD61 on June 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Thanks–I needed that.

ElectricPhase on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Thanks Pappy! I had not seen or heard that one :)

IowaWoman on June 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM

I missed that one as well and I add my thanks, Pappy.

Extrafishy on June 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM

They see a runaway federal government that wants to intervene arbitrarily in ways that threaten any sort of planning and investment in expansion merely to protect their political allies.

Fascism. If they were socialists, they’d simply take over those businesses. Fascists are merely crony “capitalists.”

rbj on June 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Que the media’s sad story of the people in WA who will be losing their job and shutting down their business because Boeing is moving out. blah, blah, blah

ramrants on June 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Except…. Charleston was meant to supplement production, not replace the WA plant. What has the union butthurt is that a work stoppage in WA is less likely to work if Boeing can shift production to Charleston temporarily until the labor issue is resolved.

Sekhmet on June 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Fascists are just socialists that haven’t discarded there fake capitalist disguise yet.

Count to 10 on June 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

PappyD61 on June 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

That is so once upon a time….

antisocial on June 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Problem with that is…….no one in WA will lose a job due to this. Boeing is adding jobs in WA also.

IowaWoman on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Why would that be a problem? You don’t expect them to let facts get in the way, do you?

surrounded on June 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Jeepers! How white is that group at 0:25? So white that Ace will probably write a top ten list. And this is SC we’re talking about.

BJ* on June 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM

The people in this country have only one way to fix this and that is the 2012 election.Nothing else matters but that.We will either sink or swim.

docflash on June 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Que the media’s sad story of the people in WA who will be losing their job and shutting down their business because Boeing is moving out. blah, blah, blah

ramrants on June 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM

This comment is the result of buying into the Liberal line that everything is a zero-sum game.

Despite Liberal mythology, the fact is that business CAN expand in one place WITHOUT contracting in another place. Getting a job does NOT throw someone else out of work; getting rich does NOT make someone else poor, and NOBODY IS GOING TO STARVE if you choose to eat another burger.

So don’t buy into the Liberal line: live happily, work and earn lots of money without guilt, and eat, live, and even poop proudly!!!

landlines on June 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Eloquently said.

MJBrutus on June 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM

So apparently businesses and markets don’t like uncertainty. Who knew?

John Deaux on June 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Anyone who knowingly and willingly stops jobs from being created in this economy is not incompetent. They are malevolent. Cloward-Piven at work today. We must stand against this takeover of our Country NOW!

Christian Conservative on June 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

In all fairness, our boy king simply can’t be fair and even-handed with businesses in all of his 57 states.

Sugar Land on June 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I don’t know if the small business I created over ten years ago and hope to pass on to my daughter would survive.

But, but your daughter has no right to inherit your business! It must be seized by the government and redistributed to a list of winners provided by Van Jones and Richard Trumpka. That’s the American Dream!

Buy Danish on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

My guess is that Boeing has an SLA (contractually-agreed upon date at which an order is due) with one carrier or another, and just before the SLA is due, the union decides it’s a great time to renegotiate the contract. In other words, Boeing is willing to work through legit labor issues, but does not want to be extorted with an SLA gun to their heads.

The SC plant is not only needed for the increased production, but can also make sure Boeing makes SLA while negotiating legitimate labor issues with the WA union and keep the WA union from merely using the SLA due date to extort excessive concessions.

Sekhmet on June 28, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I honestly can’t imagine how even the most devout disciples of Teh One could even keep a straight face while defending the actions of the NLRB and Chicago Jesus.

I would also think this whole fiasco would absolutely kill any Dems political futures in South Carolina for decades wouldn’t it?

Tim Zank on June 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

But the unions have a right to run Boeing and steal as much money as possible. Why there are still some Boeing union members who don’t have Escalades. And the poor union leaders … they deserve more money. Kill South Carolina! Kill jobs!!

This man is a whiner.

/very heavy sarcasm/

darwin on June 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I’m sure the Oversight Committee listened carefully and took his testimony to heart! NOT!

ultracon on June 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

PappyD61 on June 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Lord I miss that man… *sniffle*…thanks Pappy, that was right on time for me as well. :-)

sicoit on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

a work stoppage in WA is less likely to work if Boeing can shift production to Charleston temporarily until the labor issue is resolved.

Sekhmet on June 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

That is EXACTLY what has them so scared.

KMC1 on June 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Pappy you made my day!

txhsmom on June 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Obama-economics, epic fail

AH_C on June 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Newt Gingrich urged the Congress to defund the NLRB. Why haven’t they done it?? DD

Darvin Dowdy on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

There will be no significant economic recovery while Obama and the Neo-Socialists are rewarding their green and labor friends and punishing business as they impose Central Planning. The system is counter-productive, and the administration of such systems is inevitably corrupt.

That is the best news for 2012 that we could have.

novaculus on June 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The National Labor Relations Board is an agency of the US government and as such is financed by taxpayers to represent all of those who work in this country, union and non-union alike. The lawsuit by the NLRB against the expansion of Boing in South Carolina is a thumb in the eye of not just Boing but also all workers who pay the salaries of the NLRB and their lawyers through taxes. It is typical of the Obamacrats to destroy jobs through their pandering to big unions. Business leaders are reluctant to waste their precious capital in job creating ventures when they have no idea what the next outrage of our goofy president will be.

stefano1 on June 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I would also think this whole fiasco would absolutely kill any Dems political futures in South Carolina for decades wouldn’t it?

Tim Zank on June 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Naah. It will certainly make any prospective employee of Boeing in South Carolina reconsider any vote for little Bammie, but I don’t see it extending beyond the immediate vicinity of the factory. Don’t underestimate the ignorance of the electorate on basic economics. The progs have taken over the schools and are teaching the evils of capitalism.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Problem with that is…….no one in WA will lose a job due to this. Boeing is adding jobs in WA also.

IowaWoman on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

yes, I know. But do you think the media will report that?

ramrants on June 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

The hearts of the American people are with this man and Boeing having the right to relocate to a right to work state. Nikki Haley is trying–she met with the Oversight Committee last week. What do we need to do? I’m just as furious as Neil is:

pacard33 on June 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Here is the Business Week post–

pacard33 on June 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

So don’t buy into the Liberal line: live happily, work and earn lots of money without guilt, and eat, live, and even poop proudly!!!

landlines on June 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Thanks for the reminder landlines… thanks for cutting to the chase. We often chase the news story / outrage of the day, and lose sight of the big picture. Life isn’t a zero sum game.

Liberals like to fight over who gets what pieces of a small pie. Sensible people try to grow the pie.

FlatlanderByTheLake on June 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Survey business people in run-down or deteriorating African countries (e.g. South Africa) and they will tell you precisely the same thing.

Coincidence?

I think not.

mr.blacksheep on June 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

PappyD61…………………..

POW!! ZING!!!!! GONE!!!!!!

walk off GRAND SLAM HOMER!!!!

Katfish on June 28, 2011 at 5:17 PM