Even for a lifetime politician, President Obama showed remarkable cynicism with his assertion Thursday that it's time for companies to "step up" and increase hiring.(full story @ washingtonexaminer.com from Brett McMahon, vice president of Miller & Long Concrete Construction and a spokesman for the Halt the Assault campaign)
Specifically, Obama said "the issue here is not uncertainty. The issue is they've got to start placing their bets on America" and that "it's time for companies to step up."
Since the president's entire work force experience outside of politics consists only of "community organizing" and a law school professorship, here are some thoughts from the real world on why we as employers could increase hiring if his administration would simply get out of the way:
My company has been a leader in the construction industry for decades because we hire, fire, promote and respect employees and managers based on their merit.
Yet one of Obama's first official acts was to sign a "project labor agreement" executive order giving preference to unionized companies for public construction projects, even though 85 percent of private-sector construction employees choose not to join a union.
Now the president's National Labor Relations Board has started a fight with aircraft maker Boeing, which began construction on a new production facility in South Carolina where the company envisions fewer strikes by a militant union and a generally favorable environment.
The government is seeking to block the company's move, a dangerous precedent that would allow the government to tell businesses what states they can and cannot operate in.
Again, this is a direct threat to the employment not only of those thousands of South Carolina workers, but to the entire American work force that will be less desirable for international investors choosing where to place their money.
Worse yet, this fight is clearly not about letting employers "step up" to hire good employees, but about a radical agenda within the president's NLRB to control the flow of capital and jobs.