President Barack Obama on Labor Day laid out his plan to help boost the economy and create jobs. Before I go any further I would like to point out the oddness that Labor Day is, for some, the last day of summer. Summer doesn't end for another month, but Labor Day is typically the wind down point for a lot of Americans. The oddness that I speak of is naturally quite a few Americans who go out an enjoy the day absolutely hate unions. The funny thing about that is we would not even have a Labor Day without unions. That, however, is for another blog.
President Obama's plan will mostly focus around the infrastructure of this country, which, as any of us that travels the roads in this country know it is sorely needed. The plan, to say the least, is ambitious.
As part of his proposed plan are:
* ROADS: Rebuild 150,000 miles of roads -- renewing our commitment to the backbone of our transportation system;
* RAILWAYS: Construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail -- enough to go coast-to-coast;
* RUNWAYS: Rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of runway -- while putting in place a NextGen system that will reduce travel time and delays.
The boo birds, naturally, are already out in force decrying how much it is going to cost and that it just flat will not work. It is very important to note, however, that the same people that decry the cost and how much it will add to the deficit are the same people that have no problem extending tax cuts to the rich, no matter the cost. It is also important to point out that the ones saying that it will not work have no better plans to put forward. They do not even have any plans.
So they will do what they do best, they will obstruct as much as possible. They will say just how bad an idea it really is without offering any alternative. In the end they will claim that they were not allowed to help shape the bill even though it is almost a certainty that most of the amendments in any bill that will help shape the legislature will be theirs, as it has been with every major piece of legislature that has passed Congress.
They will then go to their home districts and claim credit for what is in the bill.
Same obstructionism, different day.
When President Obama was giving his speech in Milwaukee on Labor Day he went off script a bit when talking about his critics:
"And over the last two years, that's meant taking on some powerful interests -- some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time. And they're not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, it's just -- but it's true." No doubt those same critics will not only cry fowl but will slip in some lies about Obama while they are at it. What Obama said is absolutely true, but in this era of facts do not matter, those who are against him will decry him making the statement and demand that he apologize.
Lindsay Graham fit that mold quite well, but he actually made his comments the day before the speech when he said:
"The only way the president could possibly survive is [by coming] back to the middle," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He's tone deaf -- putting [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] on trial in New York City ... interjecting himself in the mosque debate, made no sense."
"He's tone deaf on terrorism issues and he's certainly tone deaf on the economy."
Nevermind that Barack Obama has been presiding from the center for his entire administration, remember, facts do not matter so when Graham says that Obama is presiding from the left those that are against Obama will believe it as fact.
One of the odder statements that Graham made was that he felt Obama talking about the mosque debate made no sense. Apparently, for Graham, everyone can talk about the mosque debate but not the President. Talk about tone deaf.
We will see how the debate over this bill turns out but those of us who pay attention with an open mind to politics expect the Republicans to obstruct and say no, but offer up no alternatives. The "lame stream media" (again thank you Sarah Palin for such perfectly descriptive words) will run with the Republicans narrative that they are being left out of the process, even though they will be heavily involved and get most of their amendments in.
Just remember in the era of facts do not matter, whatever the obstructionists say will be taken as fact and anything that anyone else says will be seen as outright lies.
Short clip from Obama's speech on Labor Day:
Sadly he is absolutely right. Now the boo birds will come out and say how dare he. All I have to say is, prove him wrong.