Obama calls on Congress to approve $21 billion infastructure, a.k.a. stimulus plan

posted at 5:11 pm on March 29, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Ugh. Here we go again:

“There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul than rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses and our economy — our roads, our bridges, our schools and our ports like this one,” President Obama said. …

The president outlined his infrastructure spending plan, called the “Rebuild America Partnership,” which consists of three components – the creation of a $10 billion national infrastructure bank, the establishment of new “America Fast Forward Bonds” for infrastructure investment, and the expansion of funding for the TIGER and TIFFIA infrastructure programs. …

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, said the  program will total $21 billion but vowed that it would not increase the deficit. Details of the costs of the program will be outlined in the president’s budget, which will be presented on April 10.

More smile-for-the-cameras, Congress-really-needs-to-get-on-this, been-there-done-that (and it didn’t work the first time) government spending proposals that won’t do anything to drive economic growth. Perfect.

“There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul” than infrastructure spending? Er, really? How about reducing the overall regulatory burden, lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code, expediting oil-and-gas permitting, trimming the bureaucracy, dismantling ObamaCare, etcetera? Yeah, I’d rank all of those pretty highly on the economy-strengthening scale.

And just for fun, let’s pretend that, sure, this proposal won’t add to the deficit in any shape, manner, or form. Okay, but instead of just not adding to the deficit, how about we focus more on — oh, I don’t know — drastically reducing the deficit? Anyone?


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$21 billion

Hey, it’s only money.

Pork-Chop on March 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Fluke the Punk, until he screams in pain.

Such a charlatanic thug there never was.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

If you don’t give it to him, they’ll print it.

He hates your children.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

We need 4x that much just to cover the student loans that are in default from Obamanomics.

besser tot als rot on March 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

At a speech today in Miami, President Obama urged America to “do better.”

What bovine excrement he always is.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Put it in your budget, dufus.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, said the program will total $21 billion but vowed that it would not increase the deficit.

Where have I heard that before? Our country is run by morons.

crrr6 on March 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Please, somebody tell that money grubber to take a hike.

rplat on March 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

F him!

Delsa on March 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Hey, it’s only money.

Pork-Chop on March 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Besides, we’re borrowing it from ouselves anyway … And interest rates are low so it’s the perfect time to do it.

/

Lost in Jersey on March 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, said the program will total $21 billion but vowed that it would not increase the deficit.

“Vowed”

“Vows” by a liberal are about as binding to them as getting married.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The money trees must be in bloom in D.C..

Cindy Munford on March 29, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Tell Reid to sneak it in the immigration bill that is going to be rammed through the Senate and then the House. Only a few Republicans will attempt to read the bill and by the time they find it it will already have passed.

Wigglesworth on March 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM

A note about his leadership, which is, he can’t/won’t do it. First he emasculates Congress by his unlawful executive orders then he ‘calls on them’ which really means orders, bullies, or shames them to do his bidding. Both behaviors are a poor substitute for leadership.

But then again, you don’t have to lead to execute your agenda, as has been the biggest lesson of the Obama era.

LetsBfrank on March 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Why not ask the labor unions to provide free labor and we can fix our roads and bridges real cheap.

Flange on March 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Easy, Obama just needs to impose a windfall profits tax on his buddies who own the companies he gave the last “stimulus” monies to. Obama’s previous “investments” will easily pay for his next round of infrastructure stimulus!

What’s that??? Most all of Obama’s previous “investments” are, or are going bankrupt? Time for Obama to learn a hard lesson, giving money to your buddies to produce products that aren’t fiscally feasible is a losing deal.

Hopefully Congress will be smart enough not to give more money to Obama that he will once again throw away at Unicorn ideas.

RJL on March 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Isn’t it about time for him, mcgilla and the 2 royal princesses to take another vacations?

acyl72 on March 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Stuck on stupid

cyclown on March 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

The term “one trick pony” comes to mind.

rjh on March 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Dems are always saying that tax hikes rev up the economy. So why haven’t $600 billion they got in January enough? And, isn’t 0.4% from the last quarter called ‘steadily-improving growth’? Either liberals are lying, or Obama is a poor handler of revenues. Which is it?

Liam on March 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

They forgot to change his chip; he’s re-looping. Pathetic idiot.

MustLoveBlogs on March 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Cash to cronies.

VorDaj on March 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now

Fantastic! We get to learn what the hell Shovel-ready means again.

What a d-head, this bozo is.

Or does he think were bozos that we’ll believe that this money will actually go to infrastructure, when he actually intends to have it wend its way into crony salaries.

Next up. Created or Saved!

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

infastructure

Who are you Mayuh Menino?

Fleuries on March 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I liked Driscoll’s take from early this morning:

PRESIDENT TO BEGIN TO PRETEND TO FOCUS ON JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE inro’ing Twitchy’s President to rediscover laser-like focus on jobs, infrastructure tomorrow.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The president outlined his infrastructure spending plan, called the “Rebuild America Partnership,” which consists of three components

1. Obama’s crony’s

2. The crony’s cronies

3. The sucker aka the fall guy

RickB on March 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

It’s absurd. The Big Dig is Boston cost more than that, alone.

It’s a midterm talking point, he’ll build (among others) “Republicans…roads and bridges” etc. Same deal as last time. That worked btw.

AYNBLAND on March 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Only $21 billion? Last time out, it was almost $800 billion.

Here’s a question for Preezy: Is shovel-ready any more shovel-ready than last time?

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

[BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM]

I thought his Council of Economic Advisers closed up shop and went home at the end of last year. Or was that a Keystone Cabinet of Economic Czars he hadn’t met with for over a year?

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Re-package, re-brand, etc., etc, etc. It is still the same tired, failed idea that has been tried repeatedly with limited, if any, success. Obama has not a clue what to do about the economy, which is why he is trying to distract everyone with gun control and immigration pushes, while leaving all those unemployed Americans to twist in the wind. The answer is right there in front of him but, as a socialist, he will never admit that just getting the government out of the way will do more to stimulate the economy than all his stimulus spending and green energy initiatives ever will.

tballard on March 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

…the creation of a $10 billion national infrastructure bank…

This is what the Campaign really wants. A new vehicle to reward cronies more directly. They are looking to move fast in consolidating all power and booty to the 1% ruling class. The New Nomenklatura.

forest on March 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

“Rebuild America Partnership,”

Should be Continue Rebuild America Partnership or CRAP for short.

DustInCa on March 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

expansion of funding for the TIGER and TIFFIA infrastructure programs.

According to the DOT website, the two programs are stalled, while regulations from MAP-21 are implemented (since August 2012).

Yeah, more funds are helpful….

socalcon on March 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

You want an infrastructure project, Obozo?

Th_ K_yst_n_ P_p-L_n_!

Buy a vowel for $21B, Champ, and get the project for free.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Isn’t it about time for him, mcgilla and the 2 royal princesses to take another vacations?

acyl72 on March 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The 2 royal princesses actually took two this week – the Bahamas and Sun Valley, ID.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/29/idaho-ski-story-removed

I’m sure they took the Southwest Airlines discount special from the Bahamas to Sun Valley.

bw222 on March 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Two things that need to go on a diet:

(a) The federal budget

(b) The President’s ego

IndieDogg on March 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Guaranteed shovel ready!

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Obamidiot is completely oblivious to past failures. Isn’t that the definition of insanity — Doing the same thing and expecting a different ending?

sadatoni on March 29, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Well, I’m sure that most economists, and the American public agree, blah, blah, blah.

Who is going to call him on this? No one, that’s who.

Just words, just speeches.

wytshus on March 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Spend, spend, spend. And this from the guy who discovered that “we found (chuckle)that there’s no such thing as a ‘shovel ready’ job”.

GarandFan on March 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’d really like to see some Republicans rebuke this idea of another Executive agency to which Congress cedes it’s priority setting, revenue and spending powers, especially now that it’s been shown Congress have very little power to prevent, correct or prosecute the acts of financial corruption or violation of federal laws by those in the Executive branch.

Dusty on March 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

“I can’t be overdrawn I still have checks…”

—— Welfare King Barky Hussein the Vacationer

viking01 on March 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I’m sure they took the Southwest Airlines discount special from the Bahamas to Sun Valley.

bw222 on March 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Unless the Secret Service chartered the whole plane, just for them and their guards. No money for White House tours for schoolkids, but plenty of cash for the mini-moochers to have two vacations in one week at resorts where most people have to save years for.

Liam on March 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Only $21 billion? Last time out, it was almost $800 billion.

Here’s a question for Preezy: Is shovel-ready any more shovel-ready than last time?

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Yes and no. The original was for 800 billion but then a funny thing happened on the way to the senate. They didn’t pass another budget for 4 years. All the continuing resolutions added that 800 billion into the base line and now we are 4 trillion and counting on stimulus dollars being spent. If 4 trillion hasn’t done the trick then 21 billion will only fund a few more of those solar and battery companies until they go broke.

chemman on March 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Welfare King Barky Hussein the Vacationer

viking01 on March 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

A slight change, and I think we have a moniker for future generations:

“Obama the Vacationer”

Its not even snarky.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Brayam’s getting hot.

/

Then no man can by _natural right_ oblige the lands he
occupied, or the persons who succeed him in that occupation, to the
paiment of debts contracted by him. For if he could, he might during
his own life, eat up the usufruct of the lands for several
generations to come, and then the lands would belong to the dead, and
not to the living, which would be reverse of our principle.

-Thomas Jefferson.

CW on March 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Well, I’m sure that most economists, and the American public agree, blah, blah, blah.


wytshus on March 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

You do know Brayam.

CW on March 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

With the tax payers shelling out over 2 trillion in “infrastructure” money in the last 22 years, we should be driving on gold inlaid roads, and emerald bridges.

booger71 on March 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Stuck on stupid

cyclown on March 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

That would imply his imperial hindass wants to be unstuck.

jdkchem on March 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

That s.o.b. needs to pay for his daughters’ spring break vacations out of his own pocket…. not ours!

ultracon on March 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Well, too bad for Obama that he wasted his credibility on “infrastructure” a mere three weeks into his first term when he signed off on Porkulus. THAT was his opportunity to build infrastructure, but by most accounts only 5-8% of it was actually spent that way. Instead, Democrats raided the treasury for the benefit of their pet pork projects and cronies. Just think what he could do if he had that money back, or even all the money he’s wasted on his green energy schemes. Hell, the extra pork padded in Sandy Relief would’ve paid for this.

Barack Obama lies. He wastes our money, and he wastes our time. He’s fundamentally dishonest. And if Congress was to actually add yet another debt burden to the backs of our young… he’d waste that money too. There’s not an incident we could cite where he’s done otherwise.

Murf76 on March 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM

The GOP should immediately respond with a laundry list of 20 things that his administration could do now without spending money to unleash the eoconomy. Take it to the people.

BuckeyeSam on March 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Its been Shovel-Ready,going back to 2008!

Hopey is full of Doo Doo,and its the usual Speechify,
talk..talk..talk..sounds great,he’s trying,..blah blah blah,

he’ll introduce the same spiel,next year crap!!

@DavidMDrucker tweeted:
DavidMDrucker

“We still have too many roads that are in disrepair, too many bridges that aren’t safe.” -@BarackObama

5 hours ago from twitter.com by editor

canopfor on March 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Didn’t some Democrat recently say the infrastructure ‘fund’ is empty, and needs a minimum of $100 billion? If Obama gets his $21 billion, he’ll be back next month demanding another $50 billion, if not more, for the same thing.

Maybe this is his new campaign strategy: Make a few speeches and nickel-and-dime us to death a while, then go for a really big win.

Liam on March 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

OButthead is trying so hard to solidify his legacy. But he does not realize that he has already done that.

He has succeeded in totally destroying the dream of one of his predecessors, JFK, of American superiority in space. This week our space station astronauts had to hitch a ride home from the Russians because the United States of America no longer has the capability of producing manned space flight! This, more than anything, exemplifies and typifies the total and abject failure of this moron to make America better.

1392 Days, 16 Hours, 32 Minutes more

NOMOBO on March 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

21 Billion? Peanuts. His wife’s va-cay bill for the next 4 years will double that.
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RalphyBoy on March 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Any Republican that doesn’t fight this to the death and defeat it will be gone. EOM

Tangerinesong on March 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM

pass it.
and have a daily report showing where it was wasted.
make him own it.

dmacleo on March 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Congress, you own the checkbook and the pen and we’d better not hear your whining and crying about Obama spending.

mixplix on March 29, 2013 at 8:27 PM

The reality show Preezy Steezy is now officially in re-runs.

OxyCon on March 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Oh good, a political slush fund, a new debt instrument (America Fast Forward Bonds-LOL) and more funding for high speed rail projects. Should be a very successful plan. At least as successful as all his other JOBS JOBS JOBS plans.

SukieTawdry on March 30, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Mr. Soetoro needs to be removed from Office very soon.

old trooper2 on March 30, 2013 at 3:51 AM

No slush funds for Democrat Governors!

this YouTube clip shows Obama laughing that there were not very many shovel ready jobs in the $787 billion stimulus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p4-vPrcDBo

Fleuries on March 30, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Nice Chinese crane he is standing near, though… yeah he couldn’t even find a company that used US made equipment.

Yet another stimulus! For China…

ajacksonian on March 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

He’ll have the shovels ready this time. Paging Charlie Brown…

Kissmygrits on March 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

This is just window dressing and a distraction. We are already printing 40 billion a month in purchasing our own debt. For Obama to come out with this kind of ridiculous crap is a sure sign he is just making gestures with his hands to entertain the Proles.

Bulletchaser on March 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

$21 BILLION but vowed that it would not increase the deficit

All together now: because draconian sequester cuts – which means that Obama can’t find $700 million to fund the FAA in order to keep the planes flying on time – or invite little children to find Easter eggs on the White House lawn this weekend.

How’s that hopey changey workin’ out for ya, America?

locomotivebreath1901 on March 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

It’s funny, Obama seems obsessed with menial labor jobs, not industry, not technology. It’s always roads and bridges – shovels. And who dominates menial level jobs, illegal immigrants. Meanwhile inner city and youth unemployment is well above depression levels. No matter, the next vacation is just around the corner.

ironked on March 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM