President Obama had a question for the delegates to the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department’s (BCTD) annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C.
What’s a better way to make our economy stronger? Giving another tax break to every millionaire and billionaire in the country? Or building the roads and bridges and broadband networks that will help our businesses sell more goods around the world?
Yet according to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Obama's comments to the 3,000 plumbers, iron workers, electrical workers, laborers and other building trades workers about creating jobs, righting the economy and ensuring the 1% pay their fair share in taxes is pandering to “big labor.”
(Who would you rather have? A president who talks to workers about bread and butter, working family issues, or one who is by, for and of the 1%. Click here to meet “Mr. 1%".)
The BCTD delegates answered that today when they endorsed Obama for a second term. BCTD President Sean McGarvey says re-electing Obama:
offers the continued, steady hand of a leader who navigated our nation through some very uncertain times when not just our nation, but the entire globe, was on the verge of economic collapse.
McGarvey, hosting his first BCTD conference as president, following Mark Ayers’ death last month, contrasted Obama's record--the creation of nearly 3.7 million jobs in the past 23 months and the generation of 334,000 new manufacturing jobs, with the “intransigence of congressional Republicans to thwart Obama at every juncture.”
Time and time again, when President Obama has put forth reasonable proposals to address the challenges confronting us as a nation—including a highway bill that has historically been a nonpartisan process—he has found himself standing with only members of his own party.
Earlier today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka reminded delegates that it wasn’t too long ago that Romney’s response to the near collapse of the auto industry was, “Let Detroit go broke." America's workers, he said:
can’t afford politicians like Mitt Romney who tell jokes about closing factories and killing jobs.
Listen, the truth is that Mitt Romney made his fortune selling out America’s workers. The private equity company he founded bankrupted businesses and stashed money overseas. He laughs about being unemployed while living a life of privilege, and he guards his past tax returns so we don’t know how much money he’s made from his ugly practices. Mitt thinks the way to fix our economy is for him—and mega-millionaires like him—to get even more money. That’s why he wants to cut taxes for the wealthy, and for profitable corporations. After all, he says—and I quote—“Corporations are people!”