Pro-Jobs? Tell Me Another One

The Obama administration says it’s “pro-jobs,” and wants American businesses to see them as friendly and willing to help them grow and expand. And they don’t seem to understand why they aren’t believed.

That’s because most businesses learn — often the hard way — to put less stock in what someone says, and what they do. And what the Obama administration does puts the lie to that sentiment.

Take, for example, Boeing’s plan to build a new plant in South Carolina. After they sunk billions into a new plant there, bringing thousands of good jobs to that state, the Obama appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (including one appointed without Congressional “advice and consent”) ruled they couldn’t do it because it would be threatening union jobs in Washington state.

Which was complete and utter BS. Boeing had no intentions of shifting work out of Washington; not a single union job would have been lost. The South Carolina plant would have been an expansion. The real point was that those new jobs would not be union jobs. The NLRB ruled, in effect, that Boeing was obligated to give those new jobs to union members, and not union members.

Plus, South Carolina hasn’t the most Obama-friendly state, and needs to be punished.

The real fun part is that the NLRB ruling only affects Boeing’s domestic operations. If, say, they choose to start building planes in some place like China, then the NLRB would be powerless to stop them. Boeing would say that they tried to keep those jobs here in the US, but the Obama administration wouldn’t let them.

And then there’s the case of Forest Laboratories. The pharmaceutical firm ran afoul of the laws regarding prescription drugs, and was punished with a hefty fine. And then the FDA decided to ratchet it up: they added that if Forest wanted to continue selling to Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA, they’d have to fire their CEO.

Now, that’s within the law. The FDA has that discretion. But it’s one of the biggest guns in their arsenal, only for use in extreme cases. And this one was hardly such a case.

Forest acknowledged that it had marketed two of its new drugs, the antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro, as suitable for juveniles before the FDA gave its approval for that use. The approval did come, so there was no harm. Further, Howard Solomon, the CEO in question, had pushed Forest into the antidepressant field after seeing how depression had tormented his own son.

Oh, make no mistake. Forest wasn’t motivated by pure altruism. Those two drugs have been exceedingly profitable for them. But apparently they are also quite successful — a case of “doing well by doing good.”

Forest admitted they had erred, and paid a $313 million fine. But there was no evidence that Solomon was part of or even aware of the violation of the law. But that doesn’t matter — an example had to be made of the pharmaceutical industry, and the government essentially “firing” Solomon sends the right message: don’t mess with us, don’t cross with us, don’t even think of causing problems for us in the future — such as, say, with ObamaCare.

There are plenty of other examples out there. For example, look how the Obama administration is talking about addressing skyrocketing gas prices — more taxes and fewer “subsidies” for oil companies, while maintaining the “permitorium” on new offshore drilling. How exactly that will convince the oil companies to cut the price of gas escapes me, but that’s what the declared intention is.

Here’s the message to the Obama administration: if you want to be seen as “pro-business” and “pro-jobs,” you might want to cut back on the attacks on business just a bit. It might help.

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  • Wayne

    Obama administrator says it is for domestic drilling and energy production also. He has even tried to claim they have expanded it. However look at what the Obama has done including using the EPA and many other agency to use regulations to interfere with new drilling and exploration.

  • jim m

    The only jobs that obama is in favor of are ones that he has direct control over. That’s why we have seen private sector employment shed over a million jobs and government jobs grow by 450,000.

    It’s not about producing for the economy it’s about being somewhere where you can be controlled.

  • Sep14

    Yes, Barry is doing wonders for job growth in China.

  • Brian The Adequate

    JT-

    WRT the Forrest Labs case, the FDA “death penalty” of losing the Medacaid, Medicare and VA sales was most likely used to force the confession that got them fined in the first place. You stated that the threat is “only for use in extreme cases”, but that is only true in that it should only be used for particulary serious circumstances.

    In reality this is a fairly common threat that the FDA uses to get the pharma firms to confess. I work in pharma and I know for certain that one of my former employers confessed under this threat to a “crime” they did not come close to committing. That being said I do not and have never worked for Forrest Labs and they may be completely guilty. However, the laws regarding pharmaceutical marketing are on par in complexity with the tax code. I would not be suprised if Forrest Labs honestly believed it was in full compliance with the law AND the FDA and federal prosecuters honestly believed that Forrest Labs was guilty. The death penalty threat makes it far too much of a risk for the company to allow a jury to decide who was correct.

  • Meiji_man

    Anyone else notice a direct correlation between how Federal Organizations respond to an issue and the color of that state?

    BTW, did Texas ever get it’s disaster rating?

  • retired military

    ” and wants American businesses to see them as friendly and willing to help them grow and expand”

    And I want to win the lottery. That doesnt mean the chances of either happening or very good.

    I am sure they do want to be seen as friendly blah blah. But they sure as hell dont want to do anything to make that perception reality.

  • Stan

    BTW, did Texas ever get it’s disaster rating?

    Not gonna happen anytime soon. As long as there are Republican majorities in Texas and other states in the South and West, Barry and the Dems will be at war with them. If that means shutting down everything they can to achieve that goal, so be it.

  • Tina S1

    Jay, think about how many jobs have been saved because Obama bailed out the auto industry. One could make just as strong an argument that republicans are anti-jobs for not supporting the bailout.

  • TexBob

    Yes Tina, rewarding failure is always the answer as long as you domit with other people’s money.

    /sarc

  • Gladius

    What I remember Tina is Obama took control of GM and screwed share holders of their rightful property and gave it to the UAW in return for their support. There was something else that happened around that time with GM closing down Dealerships mostly for contributing against Obama but then letting other dealerships alone that were in the same area. Those dealerships had one thing in common ie they contributed for Obama. BTW, some of the dealerships closed down were in existence for multiple decades and turning a profit. Of course non of this was ever proven but I sense a pattern here and it’s not like it hasn’t happened again and again and again…….ah, you get the idea.

  • DaveD

    “Jay, think about how many jobs have been saved because Obama bailed out the auto industry. One could make just as strong an argument that republicans are anti-jobs for not supporting the bailout.”

    And by extension you would support a government bailout of any company that is poorly managed, cannot make a profit, and cannot consistently bring to the market products that consumers will buy – particularly when there are other well-run companys existing that can easily fill that need in the market?

  • Burt

    Tina S1:
    Please review all ‘talking points’ before posting. When attacking TEA Partiers, democrats will always point out that the first stimulus package was a Bush/Republican deal. That was where the moneys came from for the Auto Industry Bailouts.

  • GarandFan

    “Jay, think about how many UNION jobs have been saved because Obama bailed out the auto industry.”

    Fixed it for you Tina.

    And GUESS who the UAW supports 100% at election time?

  • Ignorance is No exscuse

    “Jay, think about how many jobs have been saved because Obama bailed out the auto industry.”

    Do us a favour in 2012 Tina, Don’t vote!

  • Eddie York

    Let us all remember the resentment Obama has caused Americans over his favoritism for Unions, Illegal Immigrants, Muslims and Abortion.

    Obama has had no problem lowering Tax Payers Standard of Living to accomodate freeloaders while his Standard keeps improving.

    Freeloaders equal Votes to Barry & absolutely nothing else……you don’t even have to know how to read or write….just vote.

    Remember the Silence Obama keeps concerning Boeing, Healthcare Budget Over Runs, Campaigning & Fundraising, Backroom Union Deals, Congressional Bribes, etc.,….Obama will not accept questions nor will he answer questions while at speaking engagements without prior knowledge. If he did….he would be exposed as a Liar which he will never admit.

    Remember November 2012 so we can drain the swamp of this human excrement.

  • epador

    Hand, Blow or Reach Around Barry is Pro Jobs as the Ambiguously Marxist President.

  • Jay Guevara

    What I remember Tina is Obama took control of GM and screwed share holders of their rightful property and gave it to the UAW in return for their support.

    It wasn’t just the shareholders who got screwed, it was the lenders too. But they can afford it, right, Tina? Those hedge fund capitalists with their morning coats, top hats and cigars, right?

    Except where did the hedge funds get the money they loaned to GM, Tina? Oh yeah, first and foremost, from the Michigan State Teachers’ Pension Fund. So the lenders who got screwed were … union teachers.

    It is to laugh.

    Seriously, I agree with #14. You have no business voting. None. Anymore than a four year old should be allowed to play with a chainsaw.

  • Jim m

    That’s right Tina, bailing out GM hurt no one, unless you count the people to whom the company owed money. The creditors got screwed while the union friends got a multi million dollar pay day. Plus, by preventing the collapse of GM obama prevented the resources from being reallocated in a way that would in the long term be more efficient and create more jobs and produce more wealth.

  • Tina S

    Yes Tina, rewarding failure is always the answer as long as you domit with other people’s money.

    TexBob, you know why I have a problem with most right-wingers and left-wingers? It’s because they all tend to be idealogues. For instance, Code Pink is anti-war and they tend to believe that war is never the justified. No matter what the reality of the situation on the ground, they will never back away from their ideals. The reality is, no matter how much one is against war, sometimes it is neccessary. The problem with idealogues is that they are too tighly wrapped up in their ideals to see the reality of the situation.

  • Gladius

    Tina and you are ?

  • Jay Guevara

    The problem with idealogues is that they are too tighly wrapped up in their ideals to see the reality of the situation.

    Ideals? Where are the leftists against the war in Libya?

  • Jay Guevara

    The creditors got screwed while the union friends got a multi million dollar pay day.

    As pointed out above, the creditors were, primarily, other unions. So one bunch of unionistas got a pay day at the expense of another bunch.

    Karma. It’s a bitch.

    The funny part is that most liberals/ leftists/ progressives/ Democrats/ socialists/ communists/ whatevers think that Obama hosed hedge funds. They (not looking in your direction here, Tina, just gazing around at random) are too stupid to figure out that hedge funds do not invest their own money; they’re managing other people’s money. And a major source of that money is … union pension funds.

  • John

    Code Pink is demonstrating somewhere? Gee you’d think that would be on the news.

  • retired military

    Tina Said

    “The problem with idealogues is that they are too tighly wrapped up in their ideals to see the reality of the situation.

    Which is why she doesnt see the irony in her own statements.

  • Bill Johnson

    It’s like teaching a pig to sing. Ain’t gonna happen.

  • DaveD

    “TexBob, you know why I have a problem with most right-wingers and left-wingers? It’s because they all tend to be idealogues.”

    Tina, you brought up GM and the government bailout. Jim m explained in #18 that the Obama administration left GM’s creditors with nothing during the “re-organization” and made sure the union – who helped put financial strain on the company to begin with – made out very well in the deal. It has nothing to do with ideology, it is simply not the way business is done. I remind you again that you brought up GM and you may not like ideologues but you clearly have no understanding of the way risks and rewards of business investment work.

  • Ignorance is No exscuse

    You can put affirmative action on a President but he’s still a dolt.

  • Jay Guevara

    It has nothing to do with ideology, it is simply not the way business is done.

    Not twice, anyway.

    Here’s a bonus question for our resident genius: once Obama hosed lenders in favor of his union cronies, what do you think (pardon the exaggeration) the chances are that anyone would now loan money to any other union-infested industry? Hmmm?

    (Arguably, any money manager making loans to GM at this point could be liable under the “prudent man” rule.)

    Let me make it easier for you. Would you loan your personal funds to GM, say by buying a GM corporate bond? Why, or why not?

  • Jim Addison

    The government has no business even trying to pick winners and losers in economic markets – they have no particular expertise to justify their interventions, and their record at it is atrocious and expensive.

    Markets often err, too but, left to their own devices, they correct their own errors naturally. Governments tend to be unable to admit errors, so instead of correcting they invariably compound them.

  • Jeff

    Tina ,

    GM was not going to go out of business and fire everyone … they would have been bought by someone, broken the Union contracts and opened under new management … thats how business works …

  • WildWillie

    If the president never worked for the private sector, never had to make or meet a payroll deadline, never had to operate a business around all the tax traps and liabilites how can he even know how to go about saving or creating jobs?

    Same goes with the legislature. ww

  • Tina S

    GM was not going to go out of business and fire everyone … they would have been bought by someone, broken the Union contracts and opened under new management … thats how business works …

    That someone would most likely be China.

  • Ryan

    Tina. .please. . do describe ONE area in which you are NOT a leftist? And as far as war. . the only reason you had to throw it into your little aside is that otherwise you would have to criticize Obama regarding his Libyan adventure, and criticizing a democratic president for ANYTHING other than not being liberal enough is just Not To Be Done.

    HOw is it legitimate for the government to seize property from its legitimate owners and give it gratis to their campaign contributors?(Unions)

  • Tammy Scott

    This is proof positive that he will say anything that he thinks will get him re-elected. I just can believe that he would think we’re stupid enough to believe he means it.

  • Patricia

    I believe the definition of good is “constructive.” The definition of evil is “destruction.” Guess where Baby O is?!

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