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UPDATE: Obama Says Manufacturing Is Key, Calls for Tax Reform

The president's message Friday was simple: work hard, play fair and share responsibility.

President Obama’s message during a visit Friday to The Boeing Co. plant in Everett was simple: work hard, play fair and share responsibility.

Click here to view a photo gallery as President Obama lands in Kirkland.

“We’re still recovering from one of the worst economic crises in our lifetime,” he told a large crowd at the plant where Boeing makes its 787 Dreamliner. “We’ve still got a long way to go. … But the tide is turning.”

Obama acknowledged that there are fewer jobs today, and that “we can’t bring every job back.” But instead of dwelling on the economic decline, the president’s remarks touched on what is going well in today’s economy, and on future goals.

"America is a place where we can always do something to create new jobs, and new opportunities, and new manufacturing, and new security for the middle class, and that’s why I’m here today. That’s our job," he said to applause.

“American workers have been more productive,” he said, adding that some jobs that previously required 1,000 people may now only need 100 to get the job done. It’s a reality that will likely lead to more service jobs, he said.

Click here to read more on President Obama's visit to Seattle.

LeeMG February 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Obama said the politically correct things at Boeing, but the last phrase "share responsibly," falls on deaf ears. In the 21st century, manufacturing work results in profits for the 1%, and little for those who do the work.
dexterjibs February 21, 2012 at 08:00 AM
So the people that risk their money should share equally with people that risk nothing? Yea, that won't work. Boeing employees get paid well for their blood, sweat and tears. People that risk their money are not guaranteed anything. If Obama is serious about increasing U.S. manufacturing, he would call on the Congress to deregulate the manufacturing sector by reducing environmental laws and union laws.
Tony Dondero February 22, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Boeing employees do fine but then again they can buy stuff and pay taxes to support the communties where they live. People that risk money often can afford to and most of them benefit from the tax code via loopholes and fancy tricks from their attorneys and accountants.

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