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Obama Applauds Apple, Intel For U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

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President stresses importance of creating jobs within America.

United States President Barack Obama has commended both Apple and Intel for creating jobs within the country.

One of Obama's policy points during his State of the Union speech stressed that U.S. companies need to create jobs in America. "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three," Obama said.

"Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again."

Sitting in the audience next to with Michelle Obama was Apple CEO Tim Cook. He had confirmed in December 2012 that Apple will move some Mac production to the U.S, with the firm subsequently spending $100 million to do so. Apple is reportedly creating a refreshed lineup of its Mac Pro this year. It'll stop selling its Mac Pros in Europe as of March 1, as the old model doesn't meet new regulatory standards in that region.

Chip manufacturer Intel has also increased its efforts pertaining to U.S. production over the past year through building a manufacturing plant in Arizona. The building is expected to produce the firm's next generation of processors built on its 14-nanometer technology, with Intel stating that over $5 billion will be invested into the facility itself. Obama had visited the plant during January 2013.

"It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth," Obama added during his State of the Union speech.

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  • 23 Hide
    edogawa , February 13, 2013 5:41 PM
    I'd rather pay 5% more on goods if they are made in the U.S, we really need to become less reliant on other countries for our goods.
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    kanoobie , February 13, 2013 6:09 PM
    How about we get a tax break for buying products made in the United States? Call it a stimulus package.
  • 11 Hide
    internetlad , February 13, 2013 6:27 PM
    . . . Apple?

    Apple hasn't had any Jobs in the U.S. since Steve died.
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  • 5 Hide
    wxj , February 13, 2013 5:33 PM
    And it turns out in fact Jeep is starting production to China.
  • 23 Hide
    edogawa , February 13, 2013 5:41 PM
    I'd rather pay 5% more on goods if they are made in the U.S, we really need to become less reliant on other countries for our goods.
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    glasssplinter , February 13, 2013 5:44 PM
    So either the workers are going to get minimum wage or crapple is really going to have to make some serious sacrifices on profit margins. Of course the tards would work for minimum wage just to say that they work at crapple.
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    sundragon , February 13, 2013 5:46 PM
    wxjAnd it turns out in fact Jeep is starting production to China.


    Like Buick, it's considered a luxury brand in China - Kudos to American cars having Mercedes/BMW status there :) 
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    sundragon , February 13, 2013 5:47 PM
    glasssplinterSo either the workers are going to get minimum wage or crapple is really going to have to make some serious sacrifices on profit margins. Of course the tards would work for minimum wage just to say that they work at crapple.


    wow, trolling a bit much there buddy ;) 
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    blubbey , February 13, 2013 5:48 PM
    edogawaI'd rather pay 5% more on goods if they are made in the U.S, we really need to become less reliant on other countries for our goods.


    Why? Match or beat the competition, if you can't quit moaning. It's not the company's fault east Asia is better for business.
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    rush21hit , February 13, 2013 6:03 PM
    edogawaI'd rather pay 5% more on goods if they are made in the U.S, we really need to become less reliant on other countries for our goods.


    And the corporations rather have your voluntary 5% to get another 10% profit by still doing it elsewhere.

    Indeed, doing mass product on US is generally much more expensive than China. Salary, resources, taxes, you name it. Also, they'd have no problems with planet loving lunatics. In China, they pretty much dump their waste anywhere and nobody cares. Look at Shanghai's air!! Jesus Christ! And people live there?

    So, even if they did made it to homeland, I don't think it's gonna be huge part of their entire operations. Not as big as it was on China, at least.

    Still, too many unemployed people, too few job opportunities. Even with them who already has a job, they still can get their ass kicked if the company said so, regardless of their loyalty and their contribution.

    Welcome to capitalism.
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    childofthekorn , February 13, 2013 6:09 PM
    rush21hitAnd the corporations rather have your voluntary 5% to get another 10% profit by still doing it elsewhere.Indeed, doing mass product on US is generally much more expensive than China. Salary, resources, taxes, you name it. Also, they'd have no problems with planet loving lunatics. In China, they pretty much dump their waste anywhere and nobody cares. Look at Shanghai's air!! Jesus Christ! And people live there?So, even if they did made it to homeland, I don't think it's gonna be huge part of their entire operations. Not as big as it was on China, at least.Still, too many unemployed people, too few job opportunities. Even with them who already has a job, they still can get their ass kicked if the company said so, regardless of their loyalty and their contribution.Welcome to capitalism.


    U beat me too it.
  • 12 Hide
    kanoobie , February 13, 2013 6:09 PM
    How about we get a tax break for buying products made in the United States? Call it a stimulus package.
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    g-unit1111 , February 13, 2013 6:09 PM
    Quote:
    And it turns out in fact Jeep is starting production to China.


    They're just building a factory over there to save on shipping and import fees. Similar to how Nissan, Mercedes, VW, and Hyundai all have US based plants. It does not mean jobs will be lost.
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    DRosencraft , February 13, 2013 6:12 PM
    Point of clarification, Cook wasn't sitting next to Michelle Obama - not entirely sure where he was in relation to her, but he wasn't next to her.

    As for the in-sourcing, I don't really care which company it is. I don't really like Apple at all, but they might as well do as much business as they can in the US. The draw of overseas manufacturing was that these places had little in way of laws concerning working hours, pay, or rights. As that is changing over there, over here in the US seems more attractive because of the better infrastructure and ease of shipping out to other markets. Very few, if any, of these companies are doing this to be patriotic or anything like that. It's just a matter of business costs and growth potential. As noted months ago when the Apple bringing jobs o the US was announced, it was said to be one of their iMac line, which has been treading water and Apple has previously suggested was on the way out anyway.
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    Wisecracker , February 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    wxjAnd it turns out in fact Jeep is starting production to China.


    And it turns out, in fact, that Jeep Production Isn’t Moving to China

    Unless, of course, you want to argue with the chief executive of Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne.



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    edogawa , February 13, 2013 6:19 PM
    blubbeyWhy? Match or beat the competition, if you can't quit moaning. It's not the company's fault east Asia is better for business.


    You didn't get my point...

    I'd rather pay slightly higher costs if it means Americans get jobs.
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    moshenokoji , February 13, 2013 6:27 PM
    glasssplinterSo either the workers are going to get minimum wage or crapple is really going to have to make some serious sacrifices on profit margins. Of course the tards would work for minimum wage just to say that they work at crapple.


    tards already get paid minium wage to work at crapple. They're called "The Geniuses"
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    m32 , February 13, 2013 6:27 PM
    I wish the Prez was creating more jobs. Yeah I took a shot, so what? lol
  • 11 Hide
    internetlad , February 13, 2013 6:27 PM
    . . . Apple?

    Apple hasn't had any Jobs in the U.S. since Steve died.
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    Osmin , February 13, 2013 6:40 PM
    I love publicity stunts, because if they really wanted to bring the jobs back to America, they would impose import taxes to protect American workers and at least help recover the taxes lost due to using foreign workers. Businesses only care about making more money and if they can get away it, all jobs would leave the country to maximize profits and create a new foreign market for their goods. In the US there is a 25 percent high school dropout rate overall and have around 1,500 schools with over 60% yearly dropout rate. Factory jobs used to pay well, when unemployment was really low, and provided good wages for many and not just the high school dropouts. We have fake unemployment numbers to hide the true consequences from removing the import tax. Foreign workers also do not pay taxes to your country making a fiscal crisis and higher taxes for the middle class. Not only that, but high unemployment makes salaries erode to bare minimums when you have hundreds looking for a single position. If we all had jobs, then taxes would be lower since we would not need the hidden taxes and voter approved taxes in order to keep the government afloat. If we all had jobs, our salaries would be higher in order to keep the employees and the effect of the import tax would be insignificant. Why people vote to increase the sales tax in their state when it would be better to increase the import tax (Which could be made to be distributed to the states) which would create jobs and create more revenues than a wasteful sales tax? The reason is because companies that legally buy the governments of the world (Through election and lobbyist spending) want to protect the foreign workers to maximize profits and create new markets of consumers.
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    unoriginal1 , February 13, 2013 6:50 PM
    Good job Mr President. Oh wait... You lied to us... Again.
    Would be cool and all with your +500,00 manufacturing jobs gained except for the fact that since you've been in office we are still down -600,000 manufacturing jobs. Yet... Because of media and to many peoples inability to actually do a tiny bit of research. We believe these things jump on your bandwagon. *sigh*.

    Here's part of my reading.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/fact-checking-the-2013-state-of-the-union-speech/2013/02/12/ce69a4e0-7589-11e2-95e4-6148e45d7adb_blog.html?wprss=rss_fact-checker
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    falchard , February 13, 2013 6:57 PM
    I like in speeches Obama makes a statement that hits right on the mark. Then in reality he asks congress to do the opposite.
    For instance, Obama campaigned on not detaining prisoners indefinetly. Then subsequently on not detaining US citizens without trial. In reality he pushed for a bill that gives the president the power to detain US citizens indefinetly without trial. Then just recently he has asked for the power to kill US citizens without a trial.
    Now we move onto his speech where he said a smaller and smarter government is the best coarse of action. Yet he is the one who pushed the government deficits to over $1 trillion and is fighting to vehemently to get that deficit to $2 trillion while taxing the hell out of everyone.

    BTW this is more good news for Right to Work states where it is not mandatory to join a union if your plant is under a union. Manufacturing has been growing in Right to Work states, and many of them enjoy higher wages than union plants. However, if you are in that blue section of the country these new jobs are not coming your way. They are going to places where the company does not have to deal with unions.
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    Kami3k , February 13, 2013 7:17 PM
    wxjAnd it turns out in fact Jeep is starting production to China.



    And? China is a new market that is also 1000s of miles away from any of their current factories because of a thing called a ocean.

    Far better to build factories in China if you are going to sell those products in China.
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