ASBA CEO, Donna Davis, was honored to have the opportunity to meet President Obama during his visit to Arizona on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Below is an article with more information about the President and his visit.
More than a thousand Intel workers and guests showed up at the Intel plant in Chandler to hear President Obama talk about jobs but before he got to that he first talked about Gabby Giffords and how excited he was that she was at the State of the Union address.
Then it was down to business and talking about how the plant's $5 billion expansion will help Arizona.
Before the event even started, the excitement level was high.
Cheryl Maggianetti works at Intel. She said, "It's exciting that he's taking the opportunity to come see us in place of employment. Regardless of your political views it's exciting."
That excitement sky rocketed when the President first arrived and perhaps the only thing that equaled it, was President Obama's excitement toward Intel's new plant.
He said, "This factory will make some of the fastest and most powerful computer chips on earth."
And to get there he said a thousand construction jobs will be created to build it, then a thousand more once it's done through Intel.
The President added they're not just any jobs, but high tech and good paying jobs right here in Arizona. It's something the President said he plans to create more of.
President Obama said, "The factory being built behind me is an example of an America in our reach. An America that attracts good manufacturing jobs. An America where we build stuff, make stuff, and sell stuff all over the world."
And supporters there couldn't agree more.
Dan Corey said, "I think Intel is a great company and needs to be replicated as much as we can because it's the path forward to the future." Leana Paetschow is also an Intel worker. She said, "To see them do innovation and bring the plant here and get the attention towards education and engineering is where we need to go and what our country really needs, to work together."
But many Republicans opponents said President Obama is just all talk.
Reince Priebus is the Chairman of the RNC. He said, "Arizona has heard all of this before. More failed promises, more empty rhetoric, and no results to show for it."
Outside of jobs, President Obama also discussed education, health care, and the overall economy like he did in the State of the Union.
That had critics saying it was just a big push for his re-election, but supporters said it wasn't. They said a lot of points were for the here and now.
Unfortunately, all we have seen since Obama came to office is chronic high unemployment, stagnant economic growth, out-of-control government spending, and the abomination called, "Obamacare" with regulations that will strangle small businesses and lead to even more job losses. While I appreciate ASBA taking the time to meet with the President, his track record has continually proven that he is no friend of business.
Given the current climate which will discourage corporations who consider relocating to our fair state, I believe we need to be aware of the light our state is being viewed in. With barely adequate education, poor family care and other things people seek when relocating, we are virtually assured of workers who will have little or no motivation to work. The fact that we are considering stripping our longterm government workers of a retirement they have earned send fear into my heart. Oh, and then the teachers. We need to raise our voices about this.