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With the Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington as a backdrop, President Obama uses this week's address to say there's "something we can do to create new jobs and new manufacturing and new security for the middle-class. In America, we don’t give up, we get up."

Right now, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Over the past 23 months, businesses have created 3.7 million new jobs. And manufacturers are hiring for the first time since the 1990s. It’s now getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive than ever. And companies like Boeing are realizing that even when we can’t make things cheaper than China, we can make things better. That’s how we’re going to compete globally.

The President emphasizes the need to create American jobs and says:

No company should get a tax break for outsourcing jobs. Instead, tax breaks should go to manufacturers who set up shop here at home. Bigger tax breaks should go to high-tech manufacturers who create the jobs of the future. And if you relocate your company to a struggling community, you should get help financing that new plant, that new equipment, or training for new workers. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding businesses that create jobs here in America. And Congress should send me that kind of tax reform right away.
... and after reiterating his goal of doubling U.S. exports in the coming years, the President says we have an opportunity to build an economy that will last into the future by strengthening American manufacturing, investing in energy jobs and training American workers.
And above all, we need to renew the values that have always made this country great: Hard work. Fair play. Shared responsibility.
Complete transcript below the fold.

Hello, everybody.

I’m speaking to you this week from the Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington. Boeing has been in this community for half a century. But it’s what they’re doing here today that has folks really excited; because at this plant they’re building the plane of the future – the Dreamliner. It’s an impressive sight. And, to be honest, part of why I came was to see it up close. But I also came because this is a great example of how we can bring jobs and manufacturing back to America.

You see, the last few decades haven’t been easy for manufacturing in this country. New technology has made businesses more efficient and productive – and that’s good – but it’s also made a lot of jobs obsolete. The result has been painful for a lot of families and communities. Factories where people thought they’d retire have left town. Jobs that provided a decent living have been shipped overseas. And the hard truth is that a lot of those jobs aren’t coming back.

But that doesn’t mean we have to settle for a lesser future. I don’t accept that idea. In America, there’s always something we can do to create new jobs and new manufacturing and new security for the middle-class. In America, we don’t give up, we get up.

Right now, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Over the past 23 months, businesses have created 3.7 million new jobs. And manufacturers are hiring for the first time since the 1990s. It’s now getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive than ever. And companies like Boeing are realizing that even when we can’t make things cheaper than China, we can make things better. That’s how we’re going to compete globally.

For Boeing, business right now is booming. Last year, orders for commercial aircraft rose by more than 50 percent. To meet that rising demand, they’ve put thousands of folks to work all over the country. We want to see more of this. We need to make it as easy as we can for our companies to create more jobs in America, not overseas. And that starts with our tax code.

No company should get a tax break for outsourcing jobs. Instead, tax breaks should go to manufacturers who set up shop here at home. Bigger tax breaks should go to high-tech manufacturers who create the jobs of the future. And if you relocate your company to a struggling community, you should get help financing that new plant, that new equipment, or training for new workers. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding businesses that create jobs here in America. And Congress should send me that kind of tax reform right away.

Another thing we’re doing is to make it easier for companies like Boeing to sell their products all over the world, because more exports mean more jobs. Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. And we’re on track to meet that goal – ahead of schedule.

We have a big opportunity right now to build not only an economy that will help us succeed today, but an economy that will help our kids and their kids succeed tomorrow. We know what we need to do. We need to strengthen American manufacturing. We need to invest in American-made energy and new skills for American workers. And above all, we need to renew the values that have always made this country great: Hard work. Fair play. Shared responsibility.

We can do this. Ask the folks in Everett. Right here, a few years ago, the first Dreamliner took off on its maiden trip. Thousands of employees came to watch. One was an executive office administrator named Sharon O’Hara. As Sharon saw that first plane take flight – a result of so much hard work – she got goose bumps. In her words, she said, “We said we would do it and we did.” That’s the story of America. We said we would do it, and we did. That’s the can-do spirit that makes us who we are. We’ve seen challenging times before. But we always emerge from them stronger. And that’s what we’re going to do again today. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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  •  I find it odd (0+ / 0-)

    That the President is highlighting the Boeing plant that the NLRB tried to have shut down....

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:05:14 AM PST

    •  Correction (4+ / 0-)

      I thought it was the SC plant - my mistake...sorry.

      The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

      by ctexrep on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:11:37 AM PST

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      •  Tip for speedy self-correction (2+ / 0-)
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        JML9999, looking and listening

        You just beat JML9999

        Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

        by Clem Yeobright on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:16:37 AM PST

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      •  They're related (0+ / 0-)
        Obama buries NLRB hatchet in tour of Boeing plant
        By Justin Sink - 02/17/12 04:04 PM ET

        President Obama examined Boeing's next-generation 787 Dreamliner and met with workers during a tour of the company's Everett, Wash., plant Friday — an auspicious backdrop considering the high-profile debate over the plane's manufacture late last year.

        The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had sought to block Boeing from opening a new plant to produce the 787s after the company announced it would locate that facility in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. The NLRB accused the company of picking the site as retaliation for strikes by unionized workers at the Washington plant.

        A lawsuit from the NLRB drew howls from conservatives, who charged that the federal government was trying to dictate where a private company could do business. The case was eventually settled when Boeing struck a deal with the machinists' union to instead build the 737 Max airplane at the Seattle-area plant.

        But it was all smiles Friday, as Obama toured the plant and viewed four separate 787s in various stages of construction. In one model — set to be a United Airlines plane — the president tested the expanded overhead compartments and windows that dim when touched.

        Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

        by kck on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 10:01:32 AM PST

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    •  NRLB-That was the South Carolina Plant (2+ / 0-)
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      This event above was at Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington

      Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

      by JML9999 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:13:36 AM PST

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    •  He should be highlighting all the (6+ / 0-)

      high-speed rail projects that Republicans bragged about shutting down.

      It's not very bipartisan, but this is an election year.

      #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:15:34 AM PST

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      •  And let's not forget my sig line... (2+ / 0-)
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        "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive"

        That is thanks to him and Jennifer Granholm.  

        Even Bush as dumb as he is knew the automotives had to be saved.     Republicans are doing  good job of driving women, workers, and seniors into Obama's camp.  

        "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

        by dkmich on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:10:57 AM PST

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      •  Thanks but no thanks (0+ / 0-)

        I'm a big rail fan and have traveled all over the UK on their excellent rail...but.

        Take the nonsense of HS rail in California as an example. Build it, or start building it in Fresno, connecting no where to no where. Nonsense and worse, typical stupid politicians and political moves.  

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, wishingwell

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:06:03 AM PST

  •  Well.. lets hope Congress delivers (0+ / 0-)

    It sounds good, but Obama has let me down so often I dont know how to feel anymore.

    Talks big at first, but has no tenacity, assuming he gave a shit about the issue in the first place.

  •  The landslide president (6+ / 0-)

    coming soon.

    On DailyKos nothing is significant unless Obama doesn't do it.

    by glutz78 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:11:24 AM PST

    •  This time he better do a hell of a lot more (0+ / 0-)

      with it.    If he/they piddle it away again, then there is absolutely no hope for Dems in 2014 because Republicans can't possibly find a screwier batch of candidates to run than they did this time.

      "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

      by dkmich on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:13:09 AM PST

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    •  Be careful not to promote apathy. (0+ / 0-)

      The Republicans have many arguments that sound good to an independent voter, even though many of those arguments are attractive only by reason of their being simplistic.  Democrats can not afford to ignore GOTV activities and phone banking thinking the president's re-election is a cake walk.

      As we all know, eight months is an eternity in politics.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:18:56 AM PST

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  •  We should do whatever necessary to create jobs. (2+ / 0-)

    I think most people - other then republicans -  agree with this.

    Republican policies kill jobs in a variety of sectors.

    Dems could challenge this, if they only would.

    And it would take just a handful of them to make a big difference as well as help the GOP alienate themselves further from many Americans.

    Of course changing some of their policies might add jobs in certain sectors while causing losses in other sectors.

    In the end, we want as many people employed as possible, don't we?

    #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:11:29 AM PST

  •  How can Republicans spin outsourcing? (2+ / 0-)
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    Seriously.

    Obama is against rewarding foreign people takin our jerrbs, Republicans want to oppose him on everything.

    How can they possibly spin foreign outsourcing tax breaks as good or freedom or something.

  •  This is nothing more then a dog and pony show (2+ / 5-)
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    Trotted out by President Obama to get the people who he largely screwed over (IE Most who voted for him) to think that maybe he had a change of heart.

    I don't buy this for a second.

    •  Sorry you feel that way! (2+ / 0-)
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    •  it's Saturday..... (0+ / 0-)

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:08:40 AM PST

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    •  Well now, that's very helpful. (0+ / 0-)

      How many independents and moderates have you infected with your bitterness do you think - and how many do you plan to infect in the next few months?

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:24:13 AM PST

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      •  I am bitter, and discontented to be sure (0+ / 1-)
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        I watched the candidate I campaigned for tirelessly, donated to, knocked on doors for, donated to and put hundreds if not thousands of hours into promoting in one way or another tack immediately to the right as soon as he was elected.

        I am a member of the "professional left" that Obama derided, you know, one of the people who got him elected.

        Instead of the leader that America deserves, we got a politician that bailed out the banks, caved to republicans time after time and generally speaking proved to be less then the tough talking inspirational figure that the United States needed to confront the real issues that threaten to destroy not only America, but the world economy and our long term survival as a species.

        Not to say that Obama has not done admirable things while in office, but its not enough. We deserved better, we needed more.

    •  Waaaah. eom (0+ / 0-)

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 03:55:05 PM PST

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  •  BRAVO Mr. President! BRAVO! (4+ / 0-)
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    cuphalffull, wishingwell, matrix, SaintC

    This is a 100% WIN message 100% of the time.

    I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

    by mdmslle on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:37:31 AM PST

  •  Free trade (0+ / 0-)

    & tax breaks!

    That's what he really means.

    I didn't abandon the fight, I abandoned the Party that abandoned the fight...

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:39:35 AM PST

  •  4 yrs ago was working in background of the photo (0+ / 0-)

    so its a very familiar setting for me. I'm sure the Presidents message was well received by my former co-workers.

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:18:28 AM PST

  •  Here's to the Boeing Logo in the Sky (0+ / 0-)

    787 Dreamliner 'barrell roll'.

    Tex Johnson did it for the 707.

    Now wouldn't it be great if the 787 was everything the 707 was.  Yes.

    . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

    by 88kathy on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:36:48 AM PST

  •  I just sent Amazon an email (4+ / 0-)

    Asking them to add a Made in USA search filter, since I'd like to buy American products if they are available.  Initially, I'm sure it would display very few products, but if enough people used that filter, it might help grow American companies that are trying to 'do the right thing'.

    Here is Amazon's Contact Us link if you'd like to add your voice: https://www.amazon.com/...

    There are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and Suckers.

    by susanWAstate on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 08:51:05 AM PST

    •  Fantastic Idea! (2+ / 0-)
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      susanWAstate, squarewheel

      As it stands, I have to do the research for each item, and buy foreign when it's the only option.  If I could filter out all the non-USA items, that would make my life easier.

      Yes, I pay a bit more.  I also tend to get higher quality.  Some of my tools will outlive me.

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 09:09:25 AM PST

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      •  I've already received a response from Amazon (2+ / 0-)
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        DevonTexas, Lonely Liberal in PA

        A very strange response that couldn't possibly be true . . .

        Thanks for your suggestion about adding a search filter at the left of the screen. Customer feedback like yours is very important in helping us continue to improve our website and services. I appreciate your thoughts, and I have sent the request to the concerned team and they will make sure this feature will soon available as it would help us to improve our customer service and retain more customers like you.
        Surely Deepika, who authored the email, cannot speak for Amazon's web-interface, sales team.

        I think I'll forward the response to my son-in-law who works at Amazon, so they know what their customer service team are promising folks like me.

        There are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and Suckers.

        by susanWAstate on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 11:23:34 AM PST

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  •  I was there... (0+ / 0-)

    It was a pleasure to see our president yesterday.  He complemented us in forging a relationship between labor, government, and private business that benefits the local community.  He complimented the workforce in that Boeing is bringing back work that was previously outsourced overseas.  We simply do it better, cheaper, and right the first time.  It was a good day.

  •  What kind of manufacturing? (0+ / 0-)

    By all means, "Straighten American manufacturing" be we need to take a hard look at what kinds of manufacturing to straighten.

    Certainly not aviation, which will be among the first sectors to become extinct when Peak Oil and/or the necessary decarbonization needed to prevent climate breakdown takes hold.

    Certainly not automobiles, for the same reasons above. In fact, I'll argue that the Obama administration squandered the opportunity of a generation to restructure General Motors and Chrysler into manufacturing passenger-rail systems and streetcars. You know, karma and all that.

    Certainly not the current generation of iToys built overseas in slave-labor conditions. I still question the usefulness of many of them.

    Instead, the focus should be - must be - on developing the manufacturing required to support living in an increasingly resource constrained world. Streetcars, passenger rail, solar energy systems, components for compact pedestrian-centric communities, etc. The list goes on...

    "Tell me something, it's still 'We the people', right?"

    by radabush on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 09:41:22 AM PST

  •  I'm sure congress will... (0+ / 0-)

    get to all this legislation when they are done investigating radical Islam, banning birth control,  re-banning abortion, keeping DOMA, protecting the sanctity of marriage, etc.

    Then perhaps they will get to...

    No company should get a tax break for outsourcing jobs. Instead, tax breaks should go to manufacturers who set up shop here at home. Bigger tax breaks should go to high-tech manufacturers who create the jobs of the future. And if you relocate your company to a struggling community, you should get help financing that new plant, that new equipment, or training for new workers. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding businesses that create jobs here in America. And Congress should send me that kind of tax reform right away.

    Trying to make sense of the world and failing miserably.

    by DevonTexas on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 11:29:15 AM PST

  •  Obama, GOP same talk. Policy, results differences? (0+ / 1-)
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    Obama and GOP talk the same talk on "save manufacturing".   Obama should be able to point to policies and results.

    US is losing mfg jobs because US mfg plants have to pay for health care, environmental protection, Social Security and Medicare yet foreign plants are allowed to operate near slave labor, with no worker rights or benefit, massive pollution.

    US should impose environmental tariffs, health care tariffs, worker rights tariffs, Social Security and Medicare tariffs to equalize competition. Of course, Europe and Japan can impose similar tariffs on US goods. That would be fair basis for world trade.

    Wall St. regulations to prevent the current destruction of US manufacturing base by Wall St the pushes for short term profits vs. the long term investment needed by manufacturing industry.

    Obama's rhetoric is the same as Romney's or Santorum's but we don't see any real policy proposals by Obama to help US manufacturing.  Even the GM and Chrysler loans are double edged as they were begun by Bush in late 2008.

    Where are the results of Obama's four years in office? Where are the policies going foward?  That is what Obama has to run on.

  •  Boeing outsourced most of the 787 (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not a Boeing expert but I do know that they outsourced almost the whole 787 all over the world and only put the 'kit" together here in WA.  In fact this was the major cause of the damn thing being years late because Boeing admitted that they lost control of the parts engineering and mfg which were in some cases substandard or just plain made wrong and wouldn't match up with the rest of the parts.  I do understand that they brought some of it back to the US but that much of the pieces are still mfg'ed abroad.  

    So while I applaud the presidents efforts to bring mfg back to the US holding Boeing out as the gold standard is just plain wrong.  

    Our cause is FAIRNESS. FAIRNESS for the masses. Our cause HOPE. HOPE for a better life and a better world. Yes WE Can, Yes WE Will. Together WE will OCCUPY THE WORLD. Let it be.

    by YellerDog on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 10:17:35 PM PST

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