Rep. Bachmann went on to criticize some other matters, noticeably President Obama’s nomination of Alan Krueger to be the new chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. It’s hard to understand her position; she said, “He chose someone from Harvard with a Ph.D., and someone who works in the Treasury Department and the Department of Labor and now is teaching at Princeton.” Most would agree, that’s nothing to shake a stick at. She fully explained, “Wouldn’t you think, after all this time, that the president would figure out that it would make more sense to hire someone who's at least run a lemonade stand to be his economic advisor?” Perhaps if Kruger had been in a position to respond, he could have raised the issue of two-dollar-a-gallon gasoline.
Obama has more to worry about than scheduling. He has to set some precedent regarding harmony and reciprocity. In the closing sessions of Congress, before the congressional break, his attempts at compromise evoked disdain and derision.
The president is expected to unveil plans for a new stimulus to induce job production in our unsteady economy. There is now an important need to avoid a recession, or a steady worsening of already troubling trends. The money from the new stimulus package, he is expected to say, will go primarily toward an “infrastructure bank,” for work programs on roads and bridges, airports, schools and other public works. While the infrastructure bank is in preparation, other ways to spur work will be initiated. The construction industry will benefit from school repairs and the altering of existing school building for more efficiency. Since the federal government will support these work programs, the states will be expected to halt teacher layoffs. In addition, temporary jobs will be developed, so the unemployed may have on-the-job training while still receiving unemployment or other compensation.
The president makes his point this way, “It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work and putting more money in the paychecks of the middle class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order.”