Obama visits Michigan to tout 'fiscal cliff' plan
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:29:42 GMT —
President Barack Obama's visit of a truck engine plant Monday afternoon was not a coincidence.
Addressing a crowd of UAW workers at a Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, the president credited the auto bailout for the recent growth in American manufacturing.
â??Assembly lines are humming again. The American auto industry is back,â?? Obama said.
He announced Daimler Detroit Dieselâ??s $120 million investment that's expected to create 115 jobs.
Obama didn't shy away from taking a jab at Governor Rick Snyder's plan to pass right-to-work legislation in Michigan.
â??What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages,â?? Obama said to loud applause and cheering.
The president said workers' rights shouldn't be compromised for the interest of big business, and that he won't compromise on demands to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Obama told factory workers, if negotiations of over the fiscal cliff aren't successful, hardworking Americans, like them, will pay the price.
â??All Congress needs to do is pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income,â?? Obama said.
The president said he's willing to make tough spending cuts, but only if they don't hurt the middle class - the people he says were instrumental in building America and vital to the country's continued growth.
Political analysts say President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner must reach an agreement this week for Congress to get it passed by the Friday before Christmas.