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So that was a 'dress rehearsal'?

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., responds to a warm welcome from the audience as he approaches the microphone during a South Carolina victory party in Columbia, S.C. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Early Monday morning, the Associated Press noted how President Obama would be delivering his Labor Day remarks before a crowd of union supporters in a "dress rehearsal" of his planned joint session address before Congress on Thursday evening.

Seriously? That's what we have to look forward to?

Desperate to motivate his base "army" of support into action, Obama pledged his support for the labor unions -- a shrinking group of workers which comprise only 12% of America's workforce and just 7% of workers in the private sector. 

So what about the rest of us?  What about our employers?

In perhaps some of his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama on Monday told a riverfront crowd of thousands in Detroit that "As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining."

He said organized labor is responsible for the rise of the middle class and the core of the nation’s economy and that legislative battles to curb the rights of organized labor are a threat to the nation as a whole.

"When I hear they’re trying to take collective bargaining away, trying to pass right-to-work laws, I know it’s not about economics. It’s about politics," he said, prompting a chant from the crowd: "Four more years."

It’s the second time Obama has been to Detroit on Labor Day, but it was candidate Obama who came in 2008. It was the president who came to the city Monday, which he said "has been to heck and back." Obama stood in front of the Renaissance Center, where General Motors Co. is headquartered, to celebrate organized labor and the auto industry, which was saved by a federal bailout in 2009.

Truly, only a progressive could visit Detroit and call it a success.  As liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill call for more "stimulus" funding to fix the economy, Obama stands in the rubble of a once great city brought to its knees by the exact same tax & spend mentality that has run Motown into the ground for decades.

Sadly, Detroit is a progressive success story -- a place where progressive policies have gone unchallenged and big government & big labor have been free to shape the city with extra financial support from state and national taxpayers.  And unless we want the rest of the country to go the way of Detroit, we "barbarian" tea party "SOBs" must stand and say NO MORE.

If Obama's speech in Detroit offered a preview of his jobs plan, it seems we can expect more of the same from the candidate of "change": over-inflated rhetoric, empty pledges of "shared sacrifice" whereby the rich bear everyone's burden and new plans to spend even more money we don't have thinly veiled behind promises to improve "roads and bridges" with union-only labor.

I imagine it will look something like this.

One last thing…
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