Obama pushes for higher minimum wage on plant tour

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Submitted: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 6:27pm
Updated: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 1:03pm

Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing for a higher minimum wage 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 a North Carolina manufacturing plant.

Canadian-based Linamar Corp. opened a former Volvo plant in Asheville that had gone dark and rehired some of its workers. Obama touted it as an example of America attracting jobs from overseas.

He says the key to reviving America’s economy 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.

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  • Guesty1 says:

    The Admin has done a lot weather you realize it or not. If you’d bother to research the subject and be a little objective you’d find that many many folks have gotten work due to stimulas $$$. There is a website you can visit that breaks it down for you by region. The admin hasn’t made it a point to brag about it. The federal minimum wage needs to be increased big time I hope they can get it done but with our idiotic Congress I highly doubt it??

  • B M says:

    He’s nothing but an “empty chair” with an “empty message”, he’s been a dismal failure for 4 years and the smoke and mirrors are just fixin to clear, and nobody is gonna like the taste of their “HOPE AND CHANGE” anymore. I just hope the man upstairs doesn’t hold this against us.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    “He says the key to reviving America’s economy is to bring more jobs to the United States”

    How long has he been saying this? What exactly has he done to get this done? More hollow words from an empty chair. pfft

  • Mr.T says:

    according to jobs reports he has created some 6 million new jobs in the past 37 months. Maybe you could tell us how many jobs were lost during the Bush years? You are a racist plain and simple. Why not just cut to the chase and admit it.

  • Guest327 says:

    At least he is trying to build it back up instead of destroying it like Bush and his band of Repubs.

  • phanton says:

    Here’s a great concept Mr. President. Why don’t you just BRING BACK all the jobs that were allowed to be pushed over-seas due to the lower wages there?? Think of all the STILL jobless Americans that could once again be employed. Uggghhh!

  • Justin America says:

    the problem is that soft minded people like you actually believe him…

  • Guest 10101 says:

    This is Obama’s second term. Time to suck it up and realize your guy’s not really doing that great.

  • Justin America says:

    I hope he raises the minimum wage to $50 an hour. I want a Mercedes. Anyway, I would bet that the “idiots” in congress can spell stimulus and know that you used the wrong spelling of whether. You, and people like you, are the problem with this Country.

  • Guest7969 says:

    Businesses are going to eat the added costs of this type of increase…it will, like it always does, get passed right along to YOU and those who got the raise. Added costs to business equals added costs, hidden TAXATION, to consumers!

  • Guest7969 says:

    if YOU cared to do a little research..you would see how much money each of those stimulus jobs costs us…hint…IT WASN’T CHEAP!

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    I am well aware of the current status of the job market… are you? How many have LOST jobs? How many have just given up? The admin hasn’t made a point to brag about it!? LMAO! Drink up my friend… My grasp of reality is fine but I question yours…

    Oh and btw….lets shove more problems at the small businessman and force him to pay more than he afford already. Let’s price ourselves right out of a job. China is looking for more business. Obamacare is gonna cause more problems with cut hours than the libs want to admit but its coming. No wonder the country is in the shape it’s in.

  • Vog46 says:

    You talk about the number of jobs Obama has created and the number of jobs Bush lost. Two different numbers.
    Net jobs for Bush was an abysmal 1.1M over his 8 year terms. Right now Obama has a net LOSS of jobs over 4.3 years. His record was hurt terribly by the 5.1M job losses in the recession.
    At the end of his terms we will have a better idea of how he performed.
    Since WWII GOP Presidents have been outperformed by Dems in job creation. Clinton ranks #1 by a wide margin over Reagan, Nixon ranks 3rd or 4th but every other high ranking person is a Dem with the exception of Kennedy.
    One thing you’ll NEVER hear on Fox news is that Jimmy Carter created 10X more jobs (10M) than George Bush (1M).
    I am thankful that Reagan was president when he was. The baby boomers were going into the workforce when he was President and were able to find jobs. Now they are retiring, with the bulk of them retiring before 2020. We shall begin to see labor shortages around then according to long range forecasts of both the Bush and Obama labor leaders.


  • Guest CommonTater says:

    Fine.. You wanna think that go right ahead. I could care less. Please tell this racist where the jobs are then. Can you? Nope…

  • Guest7969 says:

    There you go…HE, meaning Messiah Obama, didn’t create SQUAT! Government doesn’t CREATE jobs…unless its GOVERNMENT jobs, which we all know cost us WAY more than they should!

  • Guest857 says:

    Some partisan hacks want to blame “the other party”. It was both parties who were at fault Tweety. Most certainly not all Obama’s fault…but raising minimum wage while we are operating in global economy will force more jobs overseas. Even some roses offered for sale on Valentine’s Day were made in China for Christ’s sake! Do we revert and become an isolationist society? Darn, we would be called racist…you know, that slap in the face a lot of people feel every day.

  • tweety11 says:

    Guest857 wasn’t suggesting that any one party was responsible i just ask the questioned when because the post that said it act like it just started.

  • tweety11 says:

    when did these jobs leave

  • Guest85 says:

    1- I agree the minimum wage should be raised. (My first job paid $2.50 an hour). However, the time for it is not right. Raising the minimum wage to a ‘living wage’ will greatly increase joblessness. Business owners will NOT agree to make less money; if salaries are forced up, owners will lower the payroll, reduce jobs and expect the few remaining workers to work much harder.
    2- I’m sick of the race card. The biggest racists are the people who first play the race card.
    3- Obama may have the media eating from his hands, but the truth doesn’t support any of the spin. Just consider The Fast & The Furious, Benghazi, the countless illegal executive orders, the illegal appointments, his attack on the 2nd amendment, and his drone policy. He’ll be impeached before this term is complete.

  • Vog46 says:

    From an article in todays StarNews:

    OBAMA: “After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs.”

    THE FACTS: That’s in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

    Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

    And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.
    Way too many people are trying to undersell the intensity of the recession in the hopes that it will make the President somehow look bad,or worse than he already does, depending upon your political beliefs.
    His job creation ranking – taken as whole is pathetic. His shrinkage in government employment is welcomed but not enough.
    He’s had to deal with the second worst recession in our time.
    He’s had to deal with political parties that no longer think of the country first as opposed to their own ideology.
    He’s had to deal with a very weak Speaker – who can’t get his own party in line, and a weak Senate Majority leader who is bordering on senility.

    I won’t say he’s an empty chair – it’s just the auditorium that’s vacant.


  • Vog46 says:

    If we raise the minimum to $9/hr we are still behind Germany, Ireland, England, the Neatherlands and others. I think we would rank 9th.

    One thing minimum wage workers don’t have to worry about in those other countries is?
    Paid for – single payer systems.
    Businesses can AFFORD paying higher wages because they don’t have to worry about providing health care to their workers.
    An interesting conundrum


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