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Obama to pitch "cash for caulkers" in Georgia
Reuters ^ | March 2, 2010 | Patricia Zengerle

Posted on 03/02/2010 4:19:08 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce details of an estimated $6 billion program on Tuesday to generate jobs by providing incentives for Americans to make their homes more energy efficient, the latest step in his bid to convince Americans he can ease their economic woes.

The plan, which must be passed by Congress, is intended to prompt Americans to invest in everything from insulation or new windows to overarching energy upgrades of their homes, creating construction and manufacturing jobs, and boosting energy efficiency.

"The current thinking is that the program would be in the range of $6 billion, and we think that would be an appropriate range for a program of this magnitude," said a senior administration official, who asked not to be named in advance of Obama's comments.

Obama will spell out details of the plan during a trip to Savannah, Georgia, the latest stop on his "White House to Main Street" tour, during which he discusses ideas for rebuilding the economy.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: cash4caulkers; centralplanning; congress; economy; georgia; jobsbill; mainstreet; obama; porkulus; recovery; stimulus; trialballoon; whitehouse
Another trial lead balloon?
1 posted on 03/02/2010 4:19:09 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Keep talking BO/BS!


2 posted on 03/02/2010 4:20:46 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

He seems to have only one way of dealing with any issue. Why does he imagine that people are going to “invest” in household upgrades, when many of them are considering abandoning their houses entirely?


3 posted on 03/02/2010 4:21:16 AM PST by Tax-chick (Aw, CUSSWORDS!!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Jobs than cannot be outsourced!

Because they only last a couple weeks...


4 posted on 03/02/2010 4:22:30 AM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
...the latest step in his bid to convince Americans he can ease their economic woes.

Please Lord, deliver us from this man before he destroys everything.

5 posted on 03/02/2010 4:22:38 AM PST by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

He announces something everyday but only seems to be good at pizzing our money away.

We don’t need “jobs”, we need private sector careers!


6 posted on 03/02/2010 4:26:59 AM PST by IamConservative (Liberty is all a good man needs to succeed.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Is there no end to this?

I am reminded of the old pioneer tune "One More River to Cross". Obama's tune would be "One More Entitlement Before We Straighten Up and Become Fiscally Responsible" (yeah right).

The damage he is doing to this country is substantial. Maybe he should quit drinking.

7 posted on 03/02/2010 4:27:13 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Cheap_Hessian

We can beat this!

Tell everyone you know that Obama wants to pay for someone to put some caulk in your crack!


8 posted on 03/02/2010 4:29:07 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Yes, what a plan...
now all those out-of-work accountants, administrators, and factory workers
can be gainfully employed squirting ‘great stuff’
into the cracks and crevices of all my windows and doors.

(7:27 EST)


9 posted on 03/02/2010 4:30:14 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (Thank you for your contribution. Your comment has been submitted for review.)
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To: Tax-chick

I think the only strategy they can use is to extend and pretend this fake recovery... On top of that, the Democrats will try to buy some votes and use some other gimmick programs like this cash 4 caulkers to “stimulate” the economy. The Republicans need to be the party of NO and slow this stuff down... we want Democrats to be the bag-holders, and they don’t need help by getting free bipartisan cover from shortsighted Republicans.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 4:32:00 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
It's all about draining the financial life out of this country and total control of the people. Everything he has done and will do goes to meet that goal. People who knew this was going to happen before he was elected and, finally, more and more of those who voted for him are waking up to this very fact. Let's hope we can survive long enough to make it to the November elections and start turning the tide by taking control of congress. That will be the beginning of the end of the evil One.
11 posted on 03/02/2010 4:33:59 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Yep, that’s the Marxist ticket. Stimulus did not generate one documentable new “shovel ready” job. Cash for Clunkers failed to generate any meaningful new car demand. So, Onada will reprise those failed concepts with home energy conservation jobs.

Here’s what’s gonna happen: First, replacing windows/doors and reinsulating are not small cost endeavors. Let’s assume the gov’t incentive is $1,000/household. That will probably still leave something between $4,000 and $10,000 left for homeowner to pay. Questions: How many people will feel comfortable making that kind of outlay what with a bad ecomony and a Marxist sitting in the WH? How many people will simply steal the money? The Stimulus and Cash for Clunkers are/were rife with fraud.

Second, window/door and home insulation companie already exist. Because of the bad economy they will make due with the people they’re employing. They will not be hiring.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 4:40:56 AM PST by dools007
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Yay!! More jobs for illegal aliens.


13 posted on 03/02/2010 4:46:54 AM PST by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Cheap_Hessian

AND he’s speaking at an invitation only event. Wasn’t there a lot of outrage about Bush doing this??


14 posted on 03/02/2010 4:54:03 AM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger (The Media Lied & Soldiers Died)
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To: dools007

Hit the nail on the head. Good post!


15 posted on 03/02/2010 4:57:09 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

uh oh. Obama’s been watching “Dave” again.


16 posted on 03/02/2010 4:59:22 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I agree. What really annoys me, on top of everything else, is that they keep getting away with calling these finagles “Cash for ...,” when there is no cash. But “A chit for a small percentage of what you’re actually going to spend on ...” wouldn’t sound so great, would it?


17 posted on 03/02/2010 4:59:53 AM PST by Tax-chick (Aw, CUSSWORDS!!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

6 billion for another boondoggle. Oh well...it’s not his money anyway.


18 posted on 03/02/2010 5:02:39 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Cheap_Hessian

“Oh...oh! I have another great idea for a job. When I was a kid, I made a lemonade stand. That’s a great idea....more people should do that!”


19 posted on 03/02/2010 5:03:43 AM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
The plan, which must be passed by Congress his flying Monkeys, is intended to prompt Americans to invest in everything from insulation or new windows to overarching energy upgrades of their homes, creating construction and manufacturing jobs, and boosting energy efficiency.

Ohhhhhhh Barry, you are just sooooooooooo smart.

So Barry wants people to spend about $10,000.00, oops, 'invest', in home energy efficient items during a BIG RECESSION, What a friggen GENIUS!

That being said, to be 'fair' we have saved a LOT on our gas and electric with our new windows and HVAC system. The bills have dropped literally in half. But like all good things they come to an end.

It seems everyone in our area is saving on energy so the Utilities are LOSING money and naturally -- they want to raise rates. They're crying in Springfield, IL for a New Law that will allow them to change rates so they get a guaranteed profit. (Yes Frances, morons really can become CEOs)

(1) That's what we paid a few years ago and our next neighbor paid for his a couple weeks ago. (and they ain't Pella or Anderson). Sooooo who has an extra $6K laying around when you're out of work?

(2) I'm in 'the business', so knew exactly what to get, from brand and size, so I wasn't being taken like some schlub who'd pay $5K. But that's another more money to spend during a recession, so not likely

20 posted on 03/02/2010 5:20:25 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Great Stimulus Stuff

Gap and Crack Bailout

21 posted on 03/02/2010 5:21:17 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the FEE, home of the SHAMED)
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To: Condor51

May I FReepmail you about a HVAC upgrade?


22 posted on 03/02/2010 5:23:45 AM PST by Tax-chick (Aw, CUSSWORDS!!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

STOP GIVING AWAY OUR F*CKING MONEY!!!


23 posted on 03/02/2010 5:24:04 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Our politicians are stupid and our policies unsustainable)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Seems to me he pushed that finger a tad too far up his nose.


24 posted on 03/02/2010 5:27:51 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Tax-chick

Sure.


25 posted on 03/02/2010 5:33:09 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Let me guess - the contracts will only be awarded to employers who pay the equivalent of UNION wages, provide health insurance coverage and co-funds pension plans. In other words, only union shops will be able to get the contracts! No lack of transparency here! Everything Obama does is transparent!


26 posted on 03/02/2010 5:36:58 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it's ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Real estate is plummeting in value.

People have no jobs.

And Obama’s reaction is to offer subsidies to encourage people to spend money they don’t have to repair houses that are becoming worthless.

GREAT JOB, BRAINIAC.


27 posted on 03/02/2010 6:13:39 AM PST by Lazamataz (Seriously. The only way Obama can possibly pull this out is to declare Martial Law before November.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Doesn’t this guy know when he SHUTS UP his ratings go higher??


28 posted on 03/02/2010 6:18:57 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: dools007
Now is actually a good time to look around for deals. We moved in about a year and a half ago and decided we wanted new windows. Estimates dropped about 10-15% over the last 18 months, plus another 10% discounts due to slow business, plus $1500 tax breaks.

If you were going to do this anyways and have the cash, now's not a bad time to do it.

29 posted on 03/02/2010 7:15:26 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: libertarian27

Up here in the Cleveland area, someone was spraying that stuff in car exhaust pipes.


30 posted on 03/02/2010 9:02:45 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: VanShuyten

Well, those are the decision points: You’re gonna do it anyway and you have money to do it. I’m sure some number of folks will take advantage—legally or illegally.

But I don’t see this program being large enough to generate new jobs—which is the point of my post.


31 posted on 03/02/2010 9:16:52 AM PST by dools007
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To: dools007

Queue up the Caulking skit from Saturday Night Live.


32 posted on 03/02/2010 9:18:34 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Do these bimbos qualify? "Caulk" Butt Implants Hospitalize Six New Jersey Women
33 posted on 03/11/2010 11:39:58 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Cheap_Hessian

He ought to take a short drive to Liberty County and talk up caulking trailers.


34 posted on 03/11/2010 11:42:56 AM PST by csmusaret (Sarah Palin thinks everyday in America is the 4th of July. Obama thinks it is April 15th.)
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