No, I wasn’t in Milwaukee today. But I got a few notes on Obama’s visit to a union plant there: Master Lock. Mostly about Scott Walker’s absence. He did meet President Obama at the airport, giving him a Brewer’s jersey with a “1” on it. I shared that photo on my facebook and Pamela Schmidt had the best imagined dialog to go with it:
Walker: “This is for you. The number is how many terms you’ll serve.”
Obama: “Well, at least it is a whole number.”
Walker said he was ill and that’s why he didn’t go to the factory and only met Obama on the tarmac. I think the true answer is found in Jenna Pope‘s tweet:
“At master lock in MKE for Obama’s visit. Someone announced Walker won’t be here. People cheered, saying “he’s not welcome here” #wiunion”
It’s been 13 months since Obama came to Wisconsin. I wrote about his Madison visit in September of 2010 when we were all wowed by a crowd of 26,000 at the UW campus. It’s odd to think that about 6 months later we would reach a crowd of 200,000 people.
Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama took aim at China and companies that move jobs overseas as he called for changes in the tax code to encourage U.S. manufacturing.
Obama highlighted his message following a tour of a Milwaukee factory of Master Lock Co., which has restored about 100 jobs from offshore.
“Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas,” Obama said in the text of his remarks to factory workers and local officials. “Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world.”…
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