In a letter to Leon Panetta, UAW chief, Bob King, blasted the loss of manufacturing jobs because of the administration’s decision to end tank modernization.
Not modernizing tanks is more of Obama’s rejection of a well-prepared military.
It’s the result of sequestration which Obama demanded when the budget deal was worked out.
President Obama lied during one of the debates when he said “sequester will not take place.” In a recent interview with the Des Moines Register, Obama said:
So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.
Not modernizing tanks is the Benghazi approach to self-defense. Our Benghazi consulate officials were left without security because the false narrative of a safer Benghazi was more important than the safety of our Americans.
We know that self-defense is not a priority for this administration. In fact, when he has “more flexibility,” he plans to work cooperatively with Putin to destroy our missile self-defense system.
The UAW is going to find themselves left behind with the rest of us as the Obama vision conflicts with theirs.
It’s all about Obama’s statist vision. Jobs have never been part of Obama’s agenda. If it were, we wouldn’t have higher unemployment than when he entered office. His first efforts as President were to spend nearly a trillion dollars on a stimulus for part-time and temporary jobs and pass a poorly-written healthcare bill which raises the price of premiums. He then went on to never pass a budget and rack up trillion dollar plus deficits each year. Those are not job-producing methods.
Bob King and the UAW should vote for Romney who wants a strong military and who wants to create jobs for real.
Bob King’s Letter:
An open letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense:
On behalf of the UAW’s more than one million active and retired members, I write to express our concern with the Army’s proposal to end tank modernization. This plan places in jeopardy our armor industrial base and would result in the loss of thousands of good paying manufacturing jobs across the United States.
American workers have been building tanks since 1941 and UAW members in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are proud of our contributions to ensure our armed forces are the best equipped and the most protected. For 20 years, Pentagon policy has been to build tanks today to ensure the ability to do so in the future.
The Army’s proposal, however, puts at great risk this specialized, highly-skilled, high-wage workforce that makes up the unique armor industrial base, which includes over 800 large and small critical suppliers around the United States. It places at risk 1,000 UAW jobs in central Ohio.
The Army’s decision to end tank production severely limits the ability of our nation’s manufacturing sector to react to unforeseen military circumstances, undermining our critical ability to provide additional vehicles when the need arises. More importantly, it makes no sense for U.S. taxpayers. Even if the critical armor industrial base could be reconstituted, it is estimated to cost $1.6 billion to mothball the Abrams production line. Further, building tanks until the Army’s planned restart would cost $1 billion. I strongly urge you to reconsider your policy and maintain funding for the Abrams tank.
— Bob King, president internaional union, United Auto Workers