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Obama campaign's ‘Made in Ohio’ tour stop gets Valley workers' praise

Published: Sat, April 28, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Without President Barack Obama pushing for the federal auto bailout, the industry would be out of business, devastating the economy, a group of local autoworkers said.

The $82 billion bailout in 2009 of General Motors and Chrysler didn’t just save those two American auto companies; it saved the jobs of workers at plants supplying vehicle parts, including Magna Intier Seating Systems, said Kevin Scott, who works for that company.

Magna, a short distance from GM’s Lordstown complex, sells seating parts for the Chevrolet Cruze.

“President Obama saving our auto industry and GM over there kept us working,” Scott said.

The plant went from 300 to 100 employees before the federal bailout, he said, and now is operating again with 300 workers, largely thanks to the auto rescue, Scott said.

“Every day, I thought the country is going to fail and the auto industry is going to fail,” he said, talking about his life before the bailout. “... Everyone was kind of hanging on the edge of their seats before the bailout.”

Scott, of Warren, spoke Friday outside Manga, where he’s worked since it opened eight years ago, at a “Made in Ohio” event, organized by Obama’s re-election campaign.

It was the last of six stops in Ohio communities with auto plants this week in an effort to drum up support for the president’s re-election in a key swing state.

The campaign of Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has criticized the bailout, saying Obama’s “mismanagement of the process cost the American taxpayers $23 billion.”

Romney supported a structured bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler.

Jim Graham, president of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the Lordstown GM complex, said Friday that Obama “had enough courage to support us, and that’s why we support President Obama.”

If GM went out of business, “the auto suppliers would have also gone down,” he said.

Elaine Price of Warren, a national Obama re-election campaign co-chairwoman, said her husband, who died last year, worked at the Lordstown GM plant.

About four years ago, “he told me things are getting rough and we have to readjust our lifestyle,” she said. “He had to prepare us for the life ahead.”

Price credited Obama with saving the American auto industry.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Some people can be bought, if you truly believe that the Govt. saved GM I just have one question can you spell FORD???

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2sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad that the auto industry bailed out the auto industry because it saved Lordstown, but make no mistake, the current government estimate is that the government (i.e. taxpayers) will lose $23.77 billion dollars on the bailout.

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3redeye1(5666 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The way I see it both GOP preseidents saved the auto industry. First Ford saved Chrysler in the 80's , then Bush saved GM and Chrysler in this last bailout. After all didn't Bush give them the FIRST loan , without taking over most of the company . Then BO came along and made demands that the companies close hundreds of dealers to satisfy his ego. Now he's out preaching if it wasn't for him they'd be gone. The way I see it , its just more BS that the minions of the unions will believe because the liberal unions will tell what they want them to believe

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4redeye1(5666 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Blah I guess when you read the truth, it hurts. You see the posters you mentioned have free minds of their own. They are not minions to a union that makes them drink the kool-aid to keep their jobs.

Toycannon You are right, they still have most of the same mgnt in place that they had before.So its only a matter of time, before it happens again. Maybe the unions see that and they are afraid if it happens. That if the GOP wins the election, they will be in trouble. After all its called free enterprise system, not Gov't owned system.

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5walter_sobchak(2721 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

You have stated the facts corretly. It is one thing when the govt. gives out a loan, as Ford did to Chrysler and Bush did with GM and Chrysler(again). However, when Barry Soetoro became president, he paid back the UAW by taking over GM and having it reshaped totally to favor the union at the expense of others, namely the bondholders and shareholders of "old" GM. Lee Iaccoca took a $1 salary (plus stock options, of course) for two years when Chrysler reorganized. If it did not suceed he did not suceed. Barry ousted the head management of GM but did not make such a demand on the UAW. Does this smell fishy?!?! So, the union members remained fat and happy while dealerships with sdalespeople, mechanics, laborers, were run out of business. Bob Eddy was chosen to survive while Bob Frederick, who just expanded and improved his business, was shut down without any choice. Yes, winners and losers were chosen in DC. I will never by a GM product again!!

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6FREDSTR(11 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Isn’t it ironic how politicians flock to the Youngstown area to take credit for the advancements the area has achieved. Both republicans and democrats want to share in the accomplishments of the local politicians. We should give credit where credit is due.
Tim Ryan swooped in like a hawk to steal the credit that the local mayors and other politicians put in place for V & M Star to bring their plant addition to Youngstown. Due to the area starting to recover from the steel mill collapse with the boom of gas and oil wells; the governor visits the area. Prior to this he wouldn’t have anything to do with a democratic dominant, high unemployment area.
Now we’re supposed to be all thankful and reinstall our President for G M being so successful at Lordstown. Giving the real credit where it should be, look back at the past contract negations at Lordstown. The employees gave concession after concession to keep the plant in this area. Since they were good employees and gave G M everything the company wanted, in return the employees were given the new model for production. This model turned out to be successful by public demand. What did Obama have to do with the success of the Cruze other than drive gas prices so high that it made this car appealing.

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7sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

LOL FRED. I believe you when you give credit to the union workers for saving their jobs and GM.
But republicans chose to see it as "fishy", and the union workers as "fat and happy". Seems they say that about anybody that works for a living. Obviously, you know who they listen to from 12 to 3 and what channel they watch.
I give credit to Mr Obama, he can show up at lordstown, working people can shake his hand. Can/would any republican candidate show up and speak at lordstown?

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Common is all so the right name for some

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9sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Yes toy, i agree with your fish analogy. And i will add, the fishing holes anywhere that have the working man in them wont bite the Republican ideological hook.
Reading back through the posts, Id like to ask walter, if Barry would have let Chrysler go bankrupt, would Frederick Dodge and its mechanics still be in business? If Chrysler would have been split up and sold, would Romneys hedge fund buddies given a rats ass about Frederick Dodge? walter, when you speak of winners and losers. Who would YOU have preferred to be the losers? And finally, Im curious why Romneys Bain capital, and his venture capitalist buddies, didn't lend money stashed in switzerland and the caymans to GM and Chrysler?

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10greene(167 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

First, it was the East Side. Then, South Side; North Side is about to fall. West Side, your next. BTW, what is the legacy of the Dems and Unions? Just look around... How did the bailout of Lordstown help Y-Town? Y-Town has been left twiting in the wind.

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11slappysmith(55 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

you have to love the cross breed of neanderthal and sheep that wait like vultures for any positive write up obama or his administration. i'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see what utter stupidity they type the entire term obama will be serving when he beats romney in a landslide victory and your leaders are voted out of the house. it'll be nice to finally get the govt turned around as the crybabies snivel and whine their way through the economic recovery that will only happen when the republicans have little or no say in anything

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12ohldepharte(25 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Now, play nicely, children.
By the way, these posts reflect an apalling lack of good grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and overall ability to write and communicate well. Mahoning Valley schools surely couldn't have been so bad as to have produced this band of blathering posters. Ah has spoke.

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13sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

toy, my view from the stands is that the republican game plan is to drag this country down to make Obama look bad. Even when he has agreed with them to resolve issues, they change their position to maintain the stalemate. Your party resorts to childish name calling, muslim, socialist, maw maw revolution, barry soatoro, birth certificate, class warfare, because i believe it cant stand on the issues.
He is not over his head. i.e. He did the right thing with Libya while your candidates advocated ground troops. He had the balls to take out bin laden the way they did. Now you know if that had turned out badly, Obama would not be a candidate today.
Now my friend, with respect to the fellow vet on the front page and all vets, i shake your hand in friendship and agree that we wont change each other. Maybe next time we will. Im sure we both agree, is our talking freely is what makes this country great.

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14sam_carter(121 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

LOL toy, i agree with you about the debt. Absolutely that is an issue, im with you on that. Hows that for a start! I guess we dont exactly see eye to eye on how to fix it. Take it from those that dont have it? Put the burden on you and I? Or ask the have mores to give up some tax cuts?

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15cambridge(4140 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Faith has nothing to do with it. You need revenue to run the government or you make cuts to what that revenue pays for.

Taxes are lower than they have been for more than fifty years. The top 1% own more than 50% of the nations wealth. You can either raise taxes by 4% on the top1% and get rid of the loopholes they enjoy or we can raise the interest rate on student loans, cut school lunch programs, programs for seniors, womens health services, social security, Medicare and any other program that helps the masses.

Do the people in the top 1% really need another mansion more than the masses need those programs?

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16cambridge(4140 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I didn't say raising taxes by 4% on the top 1% would pay for those programs but it would go a long way in stopping cuts for those programs.

One more point, the United States is less than 5% of the worlds population and we have 45% of the worlds military budget. Our military budget is almost as much as the rest of the world combined.

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17CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Even if its off the mark some. Got to start somewhere, where BUSH left us in the beginning. And we have to give credit where credit is due And sorry that isn't with the GOP !!!

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18Jake(112 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

This area has been run by Democrats and unions for decades. Obviously, it is going so well we shouldn't consider anything else. But there's always some Republican boogeyman out there who can be blamed this area's problems, rather than the fools running this area.

Just keep telling yourselves that, but remember there's a word for doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results...

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