Obama again announces he’s not too keen on workers striking

posted at 10:01 pm on October 8, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

He said this five days ago and I wondered how he didn’t stop himself in the middle of the thought and take a rhetorical runaway truck ramp out of the situation, so very contrary was this criticism to the Left’s raison d’être.

And, yet, here we are with President Obama announcing once again that workers striking is immoral and radical:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think — I think what has changed is they’re aware of the fact that I’m not budging when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States, that that has to be dealt with, that you don’t d– you don’t pay a ransom, you don’t provide concessions for Congress doing its job and America paying its bills.

And — and I think most people understand that. I mean, you know, I — I was at a small business the other day and talking to a bunch of workers, and I said, you know, when you’re at the plant and you’re in the middle of your job, do you ever say to your boss, you know what, unless I get a raise right now and more vacation pay, I’m going to just shut down the plant; I’m not going to just walk off the job, I’m going to break the equipment — I said, how do you think that would go?

They all thought they’d be fired. And I think most of us think that. You know, there’s nothing wrong with asking for a raise or asking for more time off. But you can’t burn down the plant or your office if you don’t get your way. Well, the same thing is true here. And I think most Americans understand that. All right?

Thank you very much, everybody.

Yes, I wonder what that would be like. Laying aside the fact that the House making funding priorities for the nation is not only not radical, but part of its Constitutional powers and duty, I suppose maybe Obama’s argument would be that striking union workers don’t “break the equipment.” But let us take a trip to Fremont, Calif. circa 1985. It was the hedonistic capital of the UAW’s GM dominion:

“It was considered the worst workforce in the automobile industry in the United States,” said Bruce Lee, who ran the western region for the United Auto

Workers and oversaw the Fremont plant. “And it was a reputation that was well earned. Everything was a fight. They had strikes all the time. It was just chaos constantly.”

How bad was it? Rick Madrid built Chevy trucks at the plant. “There was a lot of booze on the line,” he said. “And as long you did your job they really didn’t care.”

Madrid said he drank when he was mounting tires. “I’d bring a thermos of screwdrivers with me.”

And it wasn’t just drinking and drugs, Madrid said. People would have sex at the plant, too. If you’re wondering how people kept their jobs, here’s why: Under the union contract workers practically had to commit fraud to get fired.

Some workers hated management so much, they sabotaged the vehicles.

They put Coke bottles inside the door panels so they would rattle and annoy customers. Absenteeism was rampant.

Imagine the press’ reaction if Mitt Romney had used this exact same metaphor. Workers’ rights, they would cry. Foundation of democracy, you dunce, they’d declare. But I think it’s safe to say he’ll get no questions about it.

Or, maybe he’s just seen the writing on the wall and is following in the footsteps of one of America’s greatest governors, Scott Walker. Welcome to the right-to-work team, Barry!


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Enough.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I think the stand is going to be over the parks/monuments.

That is where America will have had enough.

gophergirl on October 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I’m not going to just walk off the job, I’m going to break the equipment

Is what the GOP is doing right now illegal?

Wassat? I can’t hear you lefties.

How about this: Is what Bark is doing with his waivers illegal?

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Maybes the Goonians could take a break,
and go harass,intimidate, threaten CEO’s
familys and properties!!!

Jus Say’n!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Dingy Harry Moving Senate Bill To Increase Debt Limit By $1.1 Trillion, Enough To Get Beyond 2014 Midterm Elections…

B-, bu-, but, Obama said increasing the debt ceiling doesn’t mean that we will increase the debt. So, why do we need to lift the limit by $1.1 trillion?

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

you don’t provide concessions for Congress doing its job

You mean like the ones you’ve given out for Obamacare, Illegals, Acorn, Abortions, etc. etc.

LeftCoastRight on October 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I think Dear Leader thinks we all work for the government and not the other way around…

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, nevermind striking,I remember the fleeing, of DemoTards:

Wis. Democrats Flee To Prevent Vote On Union Bill

by NPR Staff and Wires
February 17, 2011 4:26 PM
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http://www.npr.org/2011/02/17/133847336/wis-democratic-lawmakers-flee-to-prevent-vote

canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

OT – Lawrence O’Donnell from MSDNC looks like the zombie in the Sprint commercial. Just sayin’…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UILFQlqZlP4

http://rashmanly.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/d63fc9b9-b018-409f-ae0b-4a2f50391264.jpeg

Fallon on October 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Can’t wait for the Man as Midget turns into the Man as Memory.

TXUS on October 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

But you can’t burn down the plant or your office if you don’t get your way. Well, the same thing is true here.

No shiite? And here I thought that closing the popular Lincoln monument out of supposed fears of vandalism while failing to close the usually ignored Grant’s Tomb from the same fear was just your spitefulness on full display.

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

How dare you organize your community…

mad saint jack on October 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Speaking of Striking:

Photo: BART union members rally in front of Oakland, Calif., building where talks are being held – @AlanWangABC7

7 mins ago from twitter.com/AlanWangABC7 by editor

https://twitter.com/AlanWangABC7/status/387760370066026497/photo/1
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Boston school bus driver strike, October 2013

Boston Mayor Menino says city will go to court to seek a court order against the bus drivers’ union – @BostonDotCom

9 hours ago by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Defund the Executive! Let’s see Barry strike for more pay. It will be the first time in his life that he ever had to work for something!

GarandFan on October 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Defund the Executive! Let’s see Barry strike for more pay. It will be the first time in his life that he ever had to work for something!

GarandFan on October 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

GarandFan:

And,FLOTUS’s line of credit:)

canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Welcome to the right-to-work team, Barry!


Yahrite!
It’s just words, nothing else. If it fits his agenda and he can use it in a narrative that does so, he’ll be all for unions walking off the job.
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Psychos do a lot of confusing things; remember that the White House rebuffed Trumka when he visited last, refusing a special exemption for AFL-CIO union health plans. Why? Nobody knows the real reason why. Maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t expedient for Hiz Hine-ness at the time but there will be a big reward later. Maybe he’s finished with unions. Who knows?

ExpressoBold on October 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

The Coke bottle anecdote is NOT an urban legend. I found one (actually, it was an empty Pepsi) in a rear door panel back in the early eighties. The SOB who put it in there actually left a note in the bottle that read “ha ha… how long did it take you to find this”. And yes, it was a GM car, not a truck.

And it was no coincidence that this was just about the same time I began a serious disliking of American cars. Not for the crap the assembly line workers were pulling – for the fact that this kind of work was leaving the factory on a regular basis and GM and the UAW didn’t seem to give a hoot. One would NEVER find something like this in a Japanese built car.

After being forced into an early retirement here in Kalifornia less than three years ago (guess why) I count nearly forty-years of experience as a heavy-line and all-around auto tech. I know what I am talking about.

greasywrench on October 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

How bad was it? Rick Madrid built Chevy trucks at the plant. “There was a lot of booze on the line,” he said. “And as long you did your job they really didn’t care.”
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canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

‘Man’s Country’ never goes on strike!

BHO Jonestown on October 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

The fallen Soldiers are not paid to travel to Dover.

Olover North cried on TV about it. Kirstin Powers was an azz about it.

Pelosi cheered the illegals, while next doors the Veterans couldn’t visit.

Amnesty readied to be passed in the dark. It, joining obama’care’ will finish off the land.

Meanwhile the truckers are roaring, going to DC and all over the country.

They will do same in all the land.

Sen. Cruz, hang in there. You ain’t seen nothing, yet.

The land is at ther precipice. It’s dangerous and fun.

Schadenfreude on October 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

How about this: Is what Bark is doing with his waivers illegal?

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Teh SCOAMT is covered under the Divine Right of Kings, Caliphs and Dictators.

Steve Eggleston on October 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Then again, what The One might have meant was that in his Utopia, there will be no “job actions”. Because, like GM and Chrysler today, the workers will own the plant, so logically they will be unable to strike against themselves.

Or he may be thinking of the Workers’ Paradise that the old USSR was. Where there was no evidence that workers ever struck.

Of course, there, the “strike breakers” were generally a motorized infantry brigade who ensured that the plant would need a lot of new workers assigned. Their first job being to dig the mass grave for the last lot.

Which would explain Himself wanting a “domestic security force as big and well-funded as the military”. Other than the obvious reason of making sure nobody ever disses him again, that is.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

I’m very sorry.

The fallen Soldiers’ families are not paid to travel to Dover, to receive their fallen.

Schadenfreude on October 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Well he already ticked off the unions by not extending the waivers to them so he has nothing to lose. Its not like he has to worry about re election now anyways.

watertown on October 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

…the president is
d u m b !

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

This idiot Obama thinks he is the boss. Not of the House of Representatives. What a punk a$$ MFer.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on October 8, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I think the stand is going to be over the parks/monuments.

That is where America will have had enough.

gophergirl on October 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Bipartisan outrage.

AesopFan on October 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Obama is SOOOOOOO stupid.

pat on October 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Can those on the left finally admit that their guy Obama is not brilliant and is actually just in the dull average range of intelligence. We don’t expect you to stop with your slavish devotion because of that fact but come on at least demonstrate you are tethered to reality

Caseoftheblues on October 9, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Caseoftheblues on October 9, 2013 at 6:28 AM

The first President I can remember ever listening to on TV or radio was Kennedy. I would like to add to your comment that from then till now I think the current president is, hands down, with no doubt in my mind, the most inarticulate man to have held that office. The insincere bull that emanates from his oral cavity on a day to day basis is maddening. I have come to the conclusion that the majority of low information voters, those who support him, do not listen to his speeches first hand but get all of their pro-Obama talking points from his media “translators”. I cannot understand how any person, no matter what his/her political outlook might be, can listen to this guy first hand for any length of time.

DaveDief on October 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

MKH – the Unions are rebelling on Obama over ObamaCare.

This is just his way of bullying them back into line.

HondaV65 on October 9, 2013 at 7:53 AM

This stupid man and his minions are very close to the point where they are going to literally kill people with reckless abandon. I think we all know this is coming. Be prepared because it could begin this weekend in D.C.

HomeoftheBrave on October 9, 2013 at 8:11 AM

gophergirl on October 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I would like to see it. More of it.

Zomcon JEM on October 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Who is thinking up these analogies for the lefties? They are absolutely ridiculous and don’t even come close to being an analogy to the situation at hand. Every single lefty talking head or elected rep who goes on any Fox show spouts nonsense to prove their point. Prezzy Hostage Taker must be passing out lists for them to choose from.

Kissmygrits on October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

DaveDief on October 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I find it actually painful to listen to him as he struggles and stutters and is simply unable to form clear concise statements. All the actual evidence that exists…the few records of elementary grades and samples of writing known to actually be by him and his complete inability to speak off the cuff his and his lack of basic knowledge and understanding on most subjects including Constitutional law indicate he is not very bright at all. I do not understand how the meme of his brilliance started… There is nothing to support it… NOTHING and we are all suffering because he is still clinging to ridiculous ideas he grabbed onto when he was a drugged out sophomore in college. He doesn’t have intellectual ability to form or incorporate more sophisticated ones that actually work. He knows he’s not smart and he tries to hide it behind his rigid ideology and bumper sticker “policies”

Caseoftheblues on October 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

so obama is against the collective bargaining ability to strike for higher wages. IF you are the WRONG political party

So depending upon your political view, is whether or not you have the same rights as others

therefore under obama all conservatives have to get to the back of the bus.

sniffles1999 on October 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Who is thinking up these analogies for the lefties? They are absolutely ridiculous and don’t even come close to being an analogy to the situation at hand. Every single lefty talking head or elected rep who goes on any Fox show spouts nonsense to prove their point. Prezzy Hostage Taker must be passing out lists for them to choose from.

Kissmygrits on October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The original A-team of the REB’s White House team have departed, and most of the B shift as well. They have left for more lucrative positions, -the payoff for their years of slavish devotion.

As he degenerates toward the last two years as a limp-duck under the C-team I expect it will only get worse.

slickwillie2001 on October 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

For a guy who’s racked up almost $5T of debt, it’s pretty cynical of him to care about the full faith and credit of the United States.

djaymick on October 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Why does reading this article remind me of this scene?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgq4w4dqKsU

Republicans run Bartertown. EMBARGO ON!

So if Barack Obama is Auntie, and Boehner is master blaster, when can we see them in the Thunderdome on live TV? I DEMAND IT!

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell2 on October 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM