Obama in Cincinnati Today- Ted Strickland Gets the Taft Treatment
From the AP:
CINCINNATI — President Barack Obama declared Monday that modern benefits like paid leave, minimum wage and Social Security “all bear the union label,” as he appealed to unions to help him win the health care fight in Congress.
“It was labor that helped build the largest middle class in history. So, even if you’re not a union member, every American owes something to America’s labor movement,” said Obama, whose run for the presidency was energized in no small part by unions.
Obama asserted that “our recovery plan is working,” but repeated that he won’t be satisfied until jobs are much more plentiful.
Shortly after taking the oath, Obama confronted a rapidly deteriorating economy, a clogged credit system, failing or ailing banks and a a shaky stock market. He used his speech here to tick off a host of steps the administration has taken to steady the economy, and he made a special pitch for the health care overhaul he has pushed.
Do you know what else carries the union label? The collapse of the American automobile industry. And President Obama should know that minimum wage laws, such as the Davis-Bacon Act, were passed with the specific intent of keeping white union members from having to compete with people who look like Barack Obama.
But the important question today is: WHERE WAS GOV. TED STRICKLAND? Every time President Bush came into Ohio to campaign in 2004, the media correctly noticed that Bush always avoided the incredibly unpopular Gov. Bob Taft like the plague.
Is Barack Obama still sore over Ted Strickland’s racially tinged American Idol jokes? Or has the White House already written off Ted Strickland as too unpopular & a soon-to-be 2010 loser?
Ted Strickland, with his support of burdensome union mandates such as multiple-prime contracting and prevailing wage, is a staunch union ally.
Ted, where are you?
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