Phillip Kerpen dug this video up from 2008 where Obama promised the Janesville plant – specifically the Janesville plant – that they could re-tool and be here another 100 years and that he’d fight for that future. And he said it knowing that GM was struggling:
Hundreds of people have found new work, and unemployment has been cut in half.
This can be America’s future. I know that General Motors has been going through some bad news lately, and I know how hard your Governor has been fighting to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made – how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. So, that’s our priority.
But it’s gonna take some work. And we can’t be threatened by that future, we can’t stop that future. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it is coming. The question is where will it thrive and I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; I want it to thrive right here in Janesville, Wisconsin. And that’s the future I will fight for as President of the United States of America.
This is what Paul Ryan said in his speech:
When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.
A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you… this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”
There was no lie here. Everything Paul Ryan said in his speech is exactly what happened. Obama just wanted their votes and made empty promises he couldn’t keep, even after bailing out GM twice.