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Obama’s New Deal

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On Labor Day, President Obama unveiled an ambitious plan reminiscent of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. In the 50 billion dollar initiative, the president aims to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as well as lower the unemployment rate. According to the president, the plan will overhaul the nations roads, railways, and airport runways.

The crowd at the Laborfest Rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin cheered enthusiastically as the president talked about mitigating America’s job crisis.

“On this Labor Day, there are two things I want you to know, Milwaukee. Number one: I’m going to keep fighting, every single day, to turn this economy around; to put our people back to work; to renew the American Dream for your families and for future generations,” The president said.

The president’s optimistic tone resonated with the Wisconsin crowd, particularly because the state’s unemployment rate dropped over the summer as thousands of private sector jobs were created.

This plan will have an immediate effect on the national unemployment rate, which just recently rose to 9.6 percent according to the U.S. Labor department. Since 1 in 5 construction workers are currently unemployed, adding new construction jobs will provide employment opportunities for that particular group of workers.

Members of the opposition were skeptical of the president’s plan and were quick to criticize its details. One of the first critics of the plan was minority house leader John Boehner. He accused the president of peddling yet another doomed-to-fail stimulus plan. He said in a statement, after the president’s address “As the American people, facing near double-digit unemployment, mark Labor Day by asking, where are the jobs, the White House has chosen to double-down on more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ spending.”

But despite Republican opposition, Obama managed to make a convincing argument about his new policy.

“This will not only create jobs immediately, it’s also going to make our economy hum over the long haul,” he said in an attempt to persuade the audience. “it will change the way Washington spends your tax dollars; reforming the haphazard and patchwork way we fund and maintain our infrastructure to focus less on wasteful earmarks and outdated formulas, and more on competition and innovation that gives us the best bang for the buck.”

Later in the speech, the president took a characteristically political tone. He criticizes the GOP for their political obstructionism and policy proposals.

“But there are some folks in Washington who see things differently. When it comes to just about everything we’ve done to strengthen the middle class and rebuild our economy, almost every Republican in Congress said no. Even where we usually agree, they say no. They think it’s better to score political points before an election than actually solve problems. So they said no to help for small businesses. No to middle-class tax cuts. No to unemployment insurance. No to clean energy jobs. No to making college affordable. No to reforming Wall Street. Even as we speak, these guys are saying no to cutting more taxes for small business owners.”

He mocked several GOP members, including John Boehner calling him “the man who thinks he’s going to be speaker.”

Obama also criticized the GOP’s support for de-regulation and tax cuts for large businesses. Borrowing a quote from the late Ted Kennedy the president said “what is it about working men and women that they find so offensive?” Many critics say that the president has finally decided to channel rhetoric from his days as a candidate in order to help his party in the upcoming elections in November. He realizes that a republican controlled congress will be detrimental to his agenda. But despite Obama finally deciding to go into campaign mode, it’s unlikely he can do anything to prevent a big Republican victory come election time.

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  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Obamas new deal is as much a scam as FDR’s.

    You know your drop in the unemployment rate in Wisconsin last month? Dream on. That was solely the result of people giving up looking for work.

    Actual employment in Wisconsin dropped by 10,000 jobs from June to July.

    Hell, Wisconsin is doing great. In the past year their unemployment has dropped from 8.9% to 7.8%. Wohoo. Of course that figure doesn’t reflect the fact that their total number of employed workers actually dropped by 28,000 during that year.

    Obama is like Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

    Dave
    Dave

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    You know your drop in the unemployment rate in Wisconsin last month? Dream on. That was solely the result of people giving up looking for work.

    Solely? How do you know? Did they all write to you?

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    No, Dr. D. I can do research and read a BLS table. See my brief article on the subject which will be published momentarily.

    Dave

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    This is not really “Obama’s New Deal,” but it is a good solid idea, and, as Rachel Maddow pointed out this evening, one that the GOP has supported enthusiastically and recently.

    Now that the idea is specifically an Obama proposal, it of course becomes instantly anathema to them.

    And Dave’s ludicrous non sequitur about Nero is both utterly lacking in rhetorical imagination and completely offensive in its inaccuracy.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Actually, Handy, the one area where stimulus spending isn’t a bad idea might be infrastructure where they would eventually spend that money anyway. I don’t actually have a problem with his current proposal – or would at least have welcomed it instead of his far more expensive union bailouts and payoffs.

    My objection is mainly to his lying in the face of people who are suffering for his incompetence.

    DAve

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Great article, Dean, You will be a welcome addition to the world of journalism, for sure!

    Human rights and freedoms for *some* journalists, only seems to pertain to themselves, theirs and their political party.

  • http://www.fourthestatepost.com/ Dean Stephens

    @#6 Wow, confidence booster for the day. Thanks for the comment Jeannie

  • Arch Conservative

    There’s nothing wrong with spending money to improve our infrastructure.

    However me thinks Obama doesn’t give a damn about our infrastructure given the timing of this little epiphany of his and his propensity to funnel money torward unions (yes unions are a special interest group despite any protests that they’re not and they are more often than not just as corrupt and greedy as an CEO or corporation)

    Other than the color of Obama’s skin, there is absolutely nothing new, novel or unique about him in any way when it comes to American politics. He’s a liberal who believes in the federal government taxing the hell out of everyone to fund the dictating of the citizens’ lives.

    Same old same old from where I sit.

    But I guess that’s what happens when your basis for approaching economics is “social justice,” you’ve never had a hand in managing a business or meeting a budget and your professional experience consists of being a community and a so called professor of Constitutional law at some Ivy League University where leftist loons like Nancy Hopkins run the asylum.

  • Arch ConscienceStain

    Same old same old from where I sit.

    Someday I will have an original thought.

    I hope it doesn’t hurt.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Arch,

    I think you’re really worried that the country is awake to the GOP’s BS, and that there’s enough of US to hold on to power. No matter how tenuous or weak with all these DINOs in the mix.

    JD

  • Arch Conervative

    First of all don’t mistake my enthusiasm for the Democrats losing power as enthusiasm for the GOP gaining power jeannie. Any kind of admiration or approval that I may harbor for the GOP pales in comparison to the visceral hatred I feel for the Democrats and leftist kooks that control them.

    By most accounts the GOP is going to see significant gains in November. So when we wake the day after the election, the odor emenating from Washington will be slightly less pungent. But it is still going to smell like shit. It doesn’t look like anything is going to change that in the near future.

    You may now resume drinking the koolaid jeannie………

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    ROTFLMAO…. I’ve been drinking it since the election and I’ll tell you, Arch it tastes gooooood.

  • Arch Conervative

    Tell me how it tastes this November.

  • zingzing

    archie, you know your own record on predicting elections. seriously. you’re like a jinx.