Michigan once had the worst unemployment rate in the U.S. So when stimulus tax dollars poured into the state’s electric car industry, residents had reason to celebrate. But what happened next has angered some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters.
In 2010, Obama and Vice President Biden personally appeared to break ground at two Michigan plants. The plants were getting a combined $300 million under the stimulus program to build electric car batteries.
But as it turns out the companies getting all those American tax dollars are largely owned by Koreans. They bought a lot of Korean equipment and supplies. And they filled some of those sought-after jobs with Korean workers. That drew anger from local labor unions. They say pictures, taken inside the plants show Korean nationals doing hands-on work that should be done by Americans.