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Diary of a Dearborn Democrat - The President Drops By

Dearborn Democrat Fred Hoffman was there Monday when President Obama came to Detroit Diesel to promote the Middle Class - through tax fairness, private investment and opposition to RTW legislation.

Some of the folks were here to celebrate a big new manufacturing investment, others wanted to hear the President weigh in on the heated right-to-work issue, and still others just wanted to cheer Barack Obama following his big local victory last month. . . .for the White House, however, the trip to the Detroit Diesel plant on Telegraph in nearby Redford Township was all about fiscal-cliffsmanship. - - - IT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER, THOUGH, AS ALL OF THE MESSAGES FIT WELL INTO A WELL-RECEIVED POLITICAL TAPESTRY. - - - The National Message, part of the President's campaign to support his position in the year-end budget talks, centered on support for the middle class. He got a lot of applause when he promoted his tax hike for those filing over $250,000, and he hit a real hot button when he said that if the GOP holds up a solution, everyone will see their taxes go up about $2,000. . . Today's speech, his first appearance in Michigan since an April event at the Henry Ford Museum, was part of his effort to woo popular opinion and put public pressure on Republican leaders to deal on the President's terms.  - - - The JOBS MESSAGE, which was the real reason Daimler turned their plant into a rally site, focused on the company's announcement by senior exec Martin Daum that the company is investing $120 million in new heavy duty engine projects that will create 115 new jobs (employment now 2300). The new transmission and turbocharger hardware was cited by the President for making the plant the only one of its kind in the US where all heavy duty engine components are produced under the same roof. And Daum underscored that the new Daimler engine is the best in the  world. . . But thus was my favorite line of the day - from the POTUS:  "Since 1938, Detroit Diesel has been turning out some of the best engines in the world.  Over all those years, generations of Redford workers have walked through these doors.  Not just to punch a clock.  Not just to pick up a paycheck.  Not just to build an engine.  But to build a middle-class life for their families; to earn a shot at the American Dream.  --- AND MIDDLE CLASS SUPPORT was also the theme of the third message, the inevitable Right-to-Work knock. . . .“What we shouldn’t be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. These so called right-to-work laws, they don’t have anything to do with economics, they have to do with politics.” He called RTW, which is expected to pass in Lansing tomorrow, the "right to work for less" and he decried attempts to create a race to the bottom, with fewer unions, fewer worker regulations, lower wages and slashed benefits. . . The President's remarks on this topic brought the loudest and most sustained applause of the day from the friendly crowd. Even the non-union employees and guests were hooting in support. - - - So there you go, tax fairness, a major investment and anti-RTW, all wrapped up in a simple message: Support Our Middle Class!

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Bloomfield1876 December 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Mr. Hoffman, if I remember correctly I believe you spent your entire corporate life coddling politicians on behalf of the large multi national company you worked for. Ensuring that legislation favored the position of your employer, your industry not the workers, not unions. Amazing how a generous paycheck caused you to conceal your true beliefs. Your credibility is lacking, your commitment is fluid, or maybe your new employer is the UAW.
Bruce Koldys December 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Right on Freddie!
laplateau December 12, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Oh Freddy! Come on...I know you are smarter than this. Where in the RTW legislation does it do what Obama said it will do? (“What we shouldn’t be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.") It does NOTHING to take those rights away...and both you and he know it. Both you and he know that it could very well result ifn even less union membership and that results in less dues income and less of that money being filtered to the liberal, left wing, progressive democratic party. That's what you are truly worried about...and you know it. His speech the other day had nothning do do with the truth of the matter and was all in the his political interest to appeal to his base. And he had the gall to say RTW was all about politics. How dishonest.
Bruce Koldys December 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
OOps. First you state that RTW will result in less dues income and less money going to the Democratic party, then at the end you state that the President had the gall to say RTW was all about politics. Ah these two statements are one and the same. It is ALL about politics. Thanks for making the point for us.
laplateau December 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
That's just it Bruce....Obama is trying to say the Republicans are doing this ONLY for politics when all along he knows that the Democrats have relied on union financial and political support for decades,,,then turns to demean the Republicans for political expediency. THAT'S what is so dishonest and duplicitous and two-faced about Obama.
Keith Best December 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Obama is a supporter of these union "thugs" in action: http://youtu.be/u_F3oev06i0
john clark December 13, 2012 at 01:13 PM
obama is a bum which is why he fits in so well with those who live and die by the unions. he just saw his lame party's campaign contributions shrink further. the federal government employees union membership is not mandatory and they still have collective bargaining rights. boo hoo pro union hacks, go cry in your beer. excellent work, gov. snyder, excellent work.

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