Obama Denounces Right-to-Work Laws at Visit to Auto Plant

President Obama, in Detroit, remarks on the looming fiscal cliff and workers' rights.
8:19 | 12/10/12

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We should do everything we command to keep creating good middle class jobs. That helped -- rebuild security for their families. Everything we can't encourage companies like -- to keep investing in American workers. And by the way what we shouldn't do. I just gotta say this what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away. Your rights to bargain for better way to. This so called right to work luck they're gonna do with -- economic very very new to politics. -- -- -- -- They're giving you the right to work for less money. You only have to look. To Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how. Unions have helped build not just stronger middle class but a stronger America. So -- Our State's capital all the way to the nation's capital. Should be focused. On the same thing that should be working to make sure companies like this manufactured. It is able to make more great products. Listen to -- We don't want a race to the bottom. We want to list of the -- Does not gonna compete. Based on low skill low wage. No workers' rights. That's that's not all that's not our competitive advantage there's always going to be some other country. Second treat its workers even worse. What what what's gonna make us succeed as we got the best workers. Will -- Reliable productive low turnover. Helping. That's what makes us strong. And also what allows -- workers then the bottle products that we -- So so so -- Pass. This whole situation where we we manufacture crises because of politics. That actually leads to less certainty. More conflict. And we can all focus on coming together to grow. And the same thing we were were sitting in the same thing in Washington. I'm sure you've all heard talk recently about some big deadlines were -- and a few weeks when it comes to decisions on jobs. And investment and -- And that debate could have a big -- impact on all of your. Some you may -- -- if congress doesn't act so meeting him the next few weeks. Starting -- January 1. Everybody's got to see their income taxes go. It's true. You -- don't like that. Typical middle class family of four -- getting -- tax hike of around 2200 dollars. You can afford to another point 200 dollar tax. -- -- -- -- -- that money. Nothing that you can't afford detect. And by the way that's not a good -- for businesses either. 'cause if congress lets middle class taxes go up. Economists will tell you that means people will spend nearly 200 billion dollars less. And -- other -- outspent by consumer spending is gonna go down. That means you got lets customers. Businesses get -- profits. They hire fewer workers you go on a downward spiral. Wrong idea. Here is the good news we can solve this problem. All congress needs to do -- pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first 250000. Dollars of everybody's ago. Everybody that. -- percent of Americans. And probably -- percent of you. But some personal small businesses one's seen their income taxes go up a single done. The wealthiest Americans would still get a tax cut on the first 250000. Dollars of their income. But. When they start making -- million. You know ten million or twenty million. You can't afford -- a bit more. Little to strike. So so congress can do that right now everybody says they agree whether it. Let's get it done. But they're -- a moment but the bare minimum we should be doing. In order -- become what we can do more. We -- do more than just extent middle class tax cuts. I've said I will work with the Republicans. Ought to plan. For. Economic growth job creation and reducing our deficits. And it has some compromise between Democrats and Republicans I understand. His -- people have a lot of different views I'm willing to compromise will be it. If we're serious about reducing -- -- deficit we've also got -- -- serious about investing in the things that help us grow and make the middle class from like education. And research and development. And making sure kids could go to college. Roads and our infrastructure. Is a package that keeps taxes where they are for middle class friends. We make some tough spending cuts on things that we don't need and that we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a slightly higher tax -- And that's a principle I won't compromise on because I'm not gonna have a situation. Where. -- wealthiest among us. Including folks like me get to keep all our tax breaks and we're asking students to pay higher student loans. Lure. Suddenly. You know a school doesn't have school books because the school district could afford. Or. Some family that's -- disabled kid -- getting the help they need to medicate. We're gonna do that we're not gonna make that -- that's not gonna help us to grow. Our economic success is never come from the top down it comes from the middle -- Pickups from the bottom up. -- -- folks like you were. The -- and the. If you are working hard and you're successful that you. You become customers and everybody does what. Our success as a country. In this new century will be defined by how well we educate our kids how well we train our workers how well we -- better. How well we innovate how well we build things like cars and engines all the things that helped create the greatest middle class -- -- -- That's -- -- bring -- jobs back to Detroit. Let's bring good jobs back to America. That's what I'm focused on that's what we'll stay relentlessly focused on going forward because while we focus on -- -- -- -- -- -- history there's not that we can't do.

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