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Obama Pledges Massive New Public Works

Gee, what a shocker.

From the exultant new New Dealers at the New York Times:

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Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale

By PETER BAKER and JOHN M. BRODER
Published: December 6, 2008

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday to the largest public works construction program since the creation of the interstate highway system a half-century ago as he seeks to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.

With unemployment on the rise and no end to the recession in sight, Mr. Obama began highlighting elements of the economic recovery program he is trying to fashion with Congressional leaders in hopes of being able to enact it shortly after being sworn in on Jan. 20.

Mr. Obama’s remarks sought to expand the definition of traditional work programs for the middle class, like infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges, while also pushing a federal effort to bring in new-era jobs in technology and so-called green jobs.

Although he put no price tag on it, he said he would invest record amounts of money in the vast infrastructure program, which also includes work on schools, sewer systems, mass transit, electric grids, dams and other public utilities. He vowed to upgrade computers in schools, expand broadband Internet access, make government buildings more energy efficient and improve information technology at hospitals and doctors’ offices…

Mr. Obama and his team are working with Congressional leaders to devise a spending package that some lawmakers have suggested could total $400 billion to $700 billion. Some analysts forecast even higher costs.

A big part of that will be public works spending, particularly on projects aimed at conserving or expanding energy supplies and cleaning up the environment. “We will create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s,” Mr. Obama said…

“We won’t do it the old Washington way,” Mr. Obama said. “We won’t just throw money at the problem. We’ll measure progress by the reforms we make and the results we achieve — by the jobs we create, by the energy we save, by whether America is more competitive in the world.”

A substantial part of the proposed economic package will go toward creating so-called green jobs, those that benefit the environment or save energy. That part of the package could run as high as $100 billion over two years, according to an aide familiar with the discussions.

A blueprint for such spending can be found in a study financed by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts and the Center for American Progress, a Washington research organization founded by John D. Podesta, who is a co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s transition team.

The study, released in November after months of work, found that a $100 billion investment in clean energy could create 2 million jobs over two years.

Daniel J. Weiss, an environmental analyst at Mr. Podesta’s center, said the government should start by providing fresh money to the beleaguered automakers, preserving hundreds of thousands of jobs, on the condition that they commit to cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars, like plug-in hybrids.

Then, Mr. Weiss said, Washington should invest money in existing programs that create work while cutting energy use, like home weatherization programs that have been chronically underfinanced. Congress authorized $900 million for the federal weatherization assistance program this year but only a third of that has been spent.

Mr. Obama has also spoken of retrofitting schools, post offices and other public buildings with high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and cool-burning fluorescent lighting. Money could also go to mass transit and solar, wind and biofuels projects.

A senior Obama adviser said the transition team was trying to translate his campaign promises into a legislative blueprint. “Part of what we’re doing is taking a look at that entire proposal and seeing what elements could be accelerated and what could be done as a down payment on the larger plan,” the adviser said. “We are also looking for things to the greatest degree possible that would spend out over two years and be a natural short-term investment.” …

Mr. Bingaman noted a huge backlog of maintenance projects at national parks and other federal lands. Such a program would be similar to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, which built many of the original roads, bridges, trails and buildings on public lands in the 1930s…

Hey, never mind that the first New Deal was a complete and utter failure.

It did help accomplish what Mr. Obama and his lickspittle minions at the New York Times still want to this day.

Sure the New Deal and all of it government projects and programs prolonged the Depression by seven years.

That’s not important. It also started us down the road to socialism.

And Mr. Obama is determined to finish the job.

A blueprint for such spending can be found in a study financed by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts and the Center for American Progress, a Washington research organization founded by John D. Podesta…

The Center For Americana Progress was founded by Herb and Marion Sandler (of Washington Mutual fame) and George Soros.

Bow down to our new masters.

[Please see our follow up article, Obama’s Plan To End The Recession, which presents this “blueprint” in all its glory.]

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Obama Pledges Massive New Public Works”

  1. proreason says:

    I can’t decide whether I would rather fill the holes or empty the holes.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    So The One does not have any new ideas after all just like we said, just recycle the failures of the past.

    Sounds like a Plan to me…

  3. Diane says:

    From the AP, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081206/ap_on_el_pr/obama_economy

    Obama discusses economic plan to save, create jobs
    CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday he’s asked his economic team for a recovery plan that saves or creates more than 2 million jobs, makes public buildings more energy-efficient and invests in the country’s roads and schools.

    “We won’t just throw money at the problem,” Obama said in his weekly radio address and Internet video. “We’ll measure progress by the reforms we make and the results we achieve — by the jobs we create, by the energy we save, by whether America is more competitive in the world.”

    So, basically he’s gone to “his economic team” and said “give me a perfect plan. I’ll be in the Jacuzzi.” Far be it from me to criticize a man for knowing his limitations and putting people in place who know things he doesn’t know, but didn’t the MSM get all apoplectic about George Bush relying too much on his Cabinet in the early days of his presidency?

  4. DEZ says:

    The look on Obama’s face is priceless. LMAO.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I will stand next to the hole and look into it as it gets bigger and deeper!! There is no fill (other than money we DON”T have) to toss into the hole-0-plenty, proreason.

  6. bill says:

    Does anyone else think the podium looks too big?

    Why work when the pies are free — At least until the money runs out.

  7. Barbie says:

    The way Bambi’s infrastructure jobs sound, these are fairly complex and difficult jobs – just because a person is unemployed does not mean they have the skills needed to work these jobs. Bambi’s going to need educated and skilled workers – He’s going to have to spend just as much money on educational re-training as he is on the actual job creation. At least that’s my opinion. And I heard once, and I think it’s true, if it only took 100 billion dollars to create a viable, clean energy market (if that’s the word to use), wouldn’t the private market have done so by now? Bambi finds things so easy to say, doing it is going to not be the piece of cake he wants us to think it will be. Besides, government doesn’t produce anything. It takes tax money and redistributes it, this is not going to create sustainable jobs in the long run – at least that’s what basic econ principles say…

  8. Barbie says:

    p.s. our green friends in the gov’t want to give money to the auto makers provided they make those little hybrid plug-in cars. I saw on tv one of the prototypes – it cost $40,000. The gov’t needs to get out of telling the automakers what they can make and what they need to produce- it’s a doomed road for sure… Unbelievable…

  9. Barbie says:

    p.s. love the pic!!! Clever, clever.

  10. pdsand says:

    Along that same line Barbie, they keep saying 2.5 million jobs in this plan to rebuild roads and bridges. Where in the world do they think they’re going to get 2.5 million people who will take those jobs? He’s obviously talking about employing the unwashed masses, so they’re not going to be driving caterpillars and operating cranes, or drawing up blueprints. Does anyone really think that 2.5 million people from this nation of whiners are going to want to take jobs swinging hammers and shovels?

  11. Barbie says:

    pdsand, excellent point. Much of the road work will be physically hard and demanding – too many are too soft to do this.

  12. pdsand says:

    Oh I just got it. Either they’re mentally stuck on some time in the past when America’s labor force was primarily unskilled labor, and they think that this unemployment means there is a sea of lunch-pail carrying blue collar folks out there just waiting to get back on the job. Or they want to use this opportunity to try and swing the labor force back in that direction, to try and re-establish the glory days of union membership at like 70% of workers or whatever it used to be.

  13. Steve says:

    “Or they want to use this opportunity to try and swing the labor force back in that direction, to try and re-establish the glory days of union membership at like 70% of workers or whatever it used to be.”

    I’m sure this is a large part of it. Just look at how hard they are pushing “card check.”

    As I have mentioned before, it is all about getting “foot soldiers” for the Democrat Party.

    Of course that was also what the first WPA, NRA, CCC things were all about, too.

    And if FDR had lived, he could have held onto power forever.

  14. Media_man says:

    I’m sure all of the lBiology & Chemistry PhD’s at the Pharma R&D place I work at who just got laid will be thrilled to know there are jobs waiting for them building roads & bridges. What a relief!

    Maybe Barney Frank & Chris Dodd can role up their sleeves, pick up a shovel, & help in the work. It would be a heluva alot more valuable than the BS their shovelling now.

  15. proreason says:

    The plan is a 2-class society. Obamy and his elitist friends, secure forever from having to associate with the great unwashed…..and the rest of us shoveling manure and groveling for the crumbs at election time.

    VDH has a great column where he says how horrified he was when he had to have a gallstone removed in Libya and found out that the janitor made the same salary as the doctor. That’s where hopey chagey is headed.

  16. Anonymoose says:

    Or they want to use this opportunity to try and swing the labor force back in that direction, to try and re-establish the glory days of union membership at like 70% of workers or whatever it used to be.

    It makes me wonder why there’s such a gung ho movement from the Dems to let the automakers fail. I’m not in favor of a bailout either, but most of those guys are union workers, so maybe:

    CONSPIRACY MODE ON

    The Dems want the automakers to fail so they can break the unions also and those guys earning 70K on an assembly line will be glad for a job at $10 an hour breaking rock on the Obama Memorial I-95.

    CONSPIRACY MODE OFF

    Then again maybe there’s just nothing to worry about……

  17. madmax says:

    Wonder if the new “CCC” will be an “affimative action” employer. They have to be. They will be government employees. We always get better results when we select employees based on race,
    sex, religion, handicap or sexual preference. The infrastructure will never be completed.

  18. Steve says:

    “Wonder if the new “CCC” will be an “affimative action” employer. They have to be.”

    The first one was.

    In fact, it was maybe the first affirmative action effort.

  19. pinandpuller says:

    I guess all of the “illegal immigrants” we have can figure out which end of a shovel to stick in a hole. The unemployed bankers can tell them how wide the hole needs to be. Barney Frank can tell them what to put in it.

    I’m watching a show on National Geographic Explorer right now on marijuana. Maybe those are the “Green Jobs” they’ve been talking about.

    If the wolves and coyotes keep killing sheep around here a lot of border collies are going to be out of work too. Where will it end?

  20. madmax says:

    “the first one was. In fact,it was maybe the first affirmative action effort.”

    You can’t fool me; in the publik school I attended, we watched The Grapes Of Wrath and the only people I recall were poor white folk. And the “Camp Rosevelt” pic has everyone looking very white
    too.

  21. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The only way this could conceivably work out is if someone restores the hard work ethic our young people used to have. But I don’t see that anymore. Instead of getting a summer job like we did at their age, they’d rather talk or text their friends with useless trivial matters or hangout at a 24 hour Wal-Mart doing nothing but acting stupid.


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