Obama pressures GOP Congressman in front of hometown crowd, Congressman doesn’t bite

Posted by: ST on February 14, 2009 at 10:12 am

Jake Tapper has more from that Caterpillar plant stop on Obama’s mini-”support the stimulus” tour:

Just yesterday, President Obama went to the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Illinois and the urged Caterpillar employees to lobby their congressman, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill to support the stimulus package.

Singling Schock out in front of his constituents, the President asked the 27-year-old legislator to stand up.

“Aaron’s still trying to make up his mind about our recover package,” Obama said to the employees in the crowd. “And so we know that all of you are going to talk to him after our event, because he’s a very talented young man. I’ve got great confidence in him to do the right thing for the people of Peoria.”

Today Rep. Schock said on the House floor that “I found it very interesting that after the president finished his speech and I stayed around, not one employee at that facility approached me and asked me to vote for this bill.”

In fact, said Schock, “I have received over 1,400 phone calls, e-mails and letters from employees alone asking me to oppose this legislation.”

Why!? Because, Schock said, “They know that this bill is not stimulus. They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth. This bill is too big to get it wrong.”

The congressman said that the bill is concerning because it is very light on infrastructure spending.

Schock quoted Obama’s favorite hometown President, Abraham Lincoln, “I’m reminded of his quote, ‘what kills a skunk is the publicity it brings itself’ – perhaps that is the haste by which this bill is being brought forward. I urge a ‘No’ vote.”

Here’s the video:

If you’re a constituent of Rep. Schock’s, he deserves your thanks today.

And speaking of Jake Tapper, he and WH press sec. Robert Gibbs had another memorable exchange yesterday at the WH daily briefing. Click here to read the transcript.

Good to see there’s at least one mainstream media reporter willing to keep the Obama admin on its toes.

(Links via Hot Air)

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4 Responses to “Obama pressures GOP Congressman in front of hometown crowd, Congressman doesn’t bite”

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  1. Dana says:

    I’ve said this before: what is killing Caterpillar is that they are over priced!

    Perhaps I’m a minority amongst your readers in this, but I am a heavy equipment operator, and I’ve run Cat equipment; they build good stuff. But I’ve also run Kawasakis and Volvo-Michigans and Internationals and Dressers, and while I have personal preferences, when it comes to performance, Cats are not worth the price differences.

    It’s been a while since I’ve had any input on purchasing, but back in the late 1990s you could get a similarly-sized Kawasaki or Volvo loader for $30,000 to $40,000 less than a Cat. An individual operator might have a preference, but a purchasing manager for a large company is going to be looking at things like productivity and cost of operation, and when he sees that an operator with a Volvo L-120 loader is going to be able to charge the bins at a concrete plant just as fast and efficiently as an operator with a Cat 966, he’s going to buy the Volvo, and save the company around $30,000.

    In addition, Caterpillar has a service network of franchised dealers, and this network leads to more expensive parts and service.

    There are a lot of different brands of heavy equipment on the American market today, and they are there because Caterpillar, which used to dominate, let them in, through overpriced equipment.

  2. jennifer says:

    dana//I don’t know much about this stuff but if Cat has a service network and the others don’t then how do you get the other ones fixed??//non-franchised dealers maybe? why are they cheaper?

  3. Brontefan says:

    RE: “They know that this bill is not stimulus. They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth. This bill is too big to get it wrong.”
    This bill is too big to get it right! There is no way any legislation this huge, done in this short time span, under cover of “crisis” with not enough time to read & comprehend–will prove to be all its proponents claim. What we have here is “sour grapes” and “shoving to the other side.” I wonder when the millions who are busy drinking the Kool Aid will wake up and smell the rotten eggs?

  4. Dana says:

    Jennifer: Most other equipment is sold by non-exclusive distributors, and they don’t have their parts locked up the way Cat does.