Obama visits Asheville, NC manufacturing plant, renews call for federal minimum wage hike

Posted by: ST on February 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Does this guy EVER learn? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. Via WRAL:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — President Barack Obama pushed for a higher minimum wage at a re-opened manufacturing plant in Asheville Wednesday because he says Americans who work full-time should not be in poverty.

The president followed up his call for the increase from $7.25 to $9 an hour in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address with a trip to reach voters outside Washington on the plan.

In 2011, Canadian-based Linamar Corp. announced that its fourth U.S. manufacturing facility would be at the site of a shuttered Volvo Construction Equipment plant in Asheville that closed in 2010 and laid off 220 workers.

Since then, the company has hired 160 workers and will hire 40 more by the end of the year. It’s expected to expand the operation further to 650 jobs and boost the total capital investment from $75 million to $200 million.

“There’s a good story to tell here,” Obama said, touted it as an example of America attracting jobs from overseas. “A few years ago, a manufacturing comeback in Asheville may not have seemed real likely. Volvo had just left town. This plant had just gone dark, 228 jobs had vanished, and it was a big blow for this area.”

The key to reviving America’s economy, he said, is to bring more jobs to the United States, give Americans the skills they need to perform them and provide those workers with a decent living.

“There’s no magic bullet here, it’s just some common sense stuff. People still have to work hard,” Obama said, arguing that just a few structural changes could have an outsize impact. He said he needs Congress to help pass his initiatives.

“It’s not a Democratic thing or a Republican thing,” he said. “Our job as Americans is to restore that basic bargain that says if you work hard, if you meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead.”

“If you work full time, you shouldn’t be in poverty,” Obama said to applause.

But if this dunce forces employers to raise the minimum wage by nearly $2 an hour, employees – many of who are just feeling fortunate to have a job at all right now in this anemic “wreckovering” economy – will be lucky to even be working PART time, let alone FULL time, and poverty will indeed be on the horizon.  The hike in the hourly wage will be partly to blame, and rising health care coverage costs as a result of ObamaCare will be even more of a factor.  In fact, hours and jobs are already being cut by employers who can’t afford to keep their employees full time while offering health insurance, too.  Even worse is how this impacts future employment:  a recent poll indicated a large number of employers who, in effect, predicted hiring freezes due to ObamaCare and fears of over-regulation by the feds.  This ain’t rocket science, folks, but sadly our Ivy League leftist Prez just does not get it.

Or … maybe he does? *she said, in a sinister voice*

And BTW, would you say a  prayer for the employees of the Asheville Linamar plant, please?  The Obama kiss of death has already hurt too many businesses in my fair state.  I’d hate to see it strike another.

Related: Photos of Obama in Asheville today – via the Charlotte Observer.

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6 Responses to “Obama visits Asheville, NC manufacturing plant, renews call for federal minimum wage hike”


  1. Carlos says:

    Look for Linamar Corp. to shut the plant down within twelve months.

    And Volvo shuttered the place in 2010? Must have been Booosh’ fault. I mean, no one could ever expect a jackass prez with a veto-proof jackass Congress to accomplish anything resembling a recovery for what Booosh left in only two years! Or even five!

    And let us not forget it was a jackass Congress for the last two years of Booosh’ second term, too. It had to be Booosh’ fault!

    Wonder if all the jobless that had jobs during Booosh’ terms will ever figure out it’s Congress, not the Prez, that determines whether we slide more into nanny socialism or not? The Prez can only sign or veto bills, he can’t pass them.

  2. “If you work full time, you shouldn’t be in poverty.” Maybe when we get a real president and Obhammudcare is repealed in its entirety, that will be the case. As referenced above, look for the “Solyndra syndrome” to hit this place soon.

  3. Big Mouth says:

    I think he has a design that is not good for anyone and that design could possibly be he wants the welfare rolls to swell and dependency on the government to grow. In my humble opinion to a liberal beyond wanting power they believe that there is a new ten letter word for God and that is Government. I don’t believe liberals are benevolent creatures but malevolent creatures that not only want to rule over us but what us to worship them.

  4. mudguy says:

    Obummer can write a book on “How to kill jobs in four years” Now he can start on ” How to kill more jobs in four more years” And book number two will be one page long. It will say repeat everything in book one.

  5. alanstorm says:

    “There’s no magic bullet here, it’s just some common sense stuff.”

    I’ve yet to see anything remotely resembling “common sense” from this administration – only ideologically-based platitudes. Their ideas never work, and they never learn.

  6. Carlos says:

    @alanstorm: Actually, one hears frequently soothing, common-sense words from Dear Leader (but never from his sycophants, minions or attack dogs), words like “a new tone of civility” and “compromise.”

    Just before he begins with an attack rant and ideological screed that lets us peons know he really hasn’t gotten beyond the dangerous and puerile Alinsky tactics he loves so much.