Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing manufactures stainless steel screws like the one pictured to the left. They are screws that are used to run conveyor belts and screw presses used in wet corn milling, ethanol production, and manure and fertilizer manufacturing. Its customers include Cargill, Kellogg, Hormel Foods and Georgia Pacific and it is truly an American business to be proud of.
So pardon me for making a natural connection here, but while Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing is a serious unsung hero in American life, on so many levels including agriculture, jobs, and the economy, I can’t help but see a remarkable symbolic connection between the screws they make and how President Obama has screwed America.
Despite his rhetoric regarding his three day, five-state tour of battlegrounds that are filled with electoral college votes that the Presidents badly needs, and in which officials say the President will use to lay out his vision for a “new era of American manufacturing with more great jobs and more products made in the USA”, what the President will not be admitting is that his policies have actually screwed America, its people, and the manufacturing industry he is trying to become a hero of.
President Obama will not be addressing the 30 jobs bills that Republicans in the House passed but thanks to the President and his Party, are still sitting over in the United States Senate. The President will not be mentioning that many of those Republican initiatives were endorsed last week by his own jobs council. And, he will not admit that for three years now, all he has done is regurgitate the same failed past policies of more spending, more taxes, and more regulations.
The President will not be pointing out how his policies have held back economic growth and stymied the ability of manufacturers to broaden their base and ability to increase production, which in turn would normally increases profits, and the hiring of new employees.
You will not hear about how President Obama’s decision to impose 35% tariffs on Chinese tire imports resulted in job losses for U.S. downstream industries, higher prices for U.S. consumers and led to an avalanche of similar trade case filings and other demands for protectionist measures, or how killing the Keystone Pipeline cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and diminished any immediate hope to alleviate our reliance on foreign oil and to lower the cost to for manufacturers to do business in our nation.
President Obama will not be admitting that the inability for him and his Party to present a budget in what is now more than 1,001 days, has helped to create an air of uncertainty that hangs over our economy like a sword of Damocles. Nor will he speak about how his policies to bailout out all his buddies in GM and in Fannie and Freddie Mac have burdened Americans and American manufactures with a driving need for the federal government to generate more tax dollars in order to pay for these bailouts. And you will not hear President Obama campaigning on the fact that his overspending, debt busting, crony capitalism, government depency promoting, pro-poverty policies, led to the first downgrading of the American bond rating in our nation’s history….a downgrade that made it even riskier to do or grow businesses in America.
You will not hear about any of these facts as President Obama tries to blame his destruction of the free market and stagnation of the economy on others. But I am grateful for the fact that the President chose the backdrop that he did to launch his financial fiction and fantasy tour of America. The backdrop of the giant screws which Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing produces is much more fitting than the infamous Greek columns he used as a backdrop when he accepted his party’s presidential nomination three years ago. The backdrop of a big screw is much more appropriate for this President, a President who has screwed America more than any other President since Democrat Jimmy Carter compelled Americans to fumigate the White House with a dose of Ronald Reagan conservatism.
So as President Obama leaves the screw factory, all I can really say is thank you Mr. President, and screw you too.
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