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Obama Lacks True Grit
Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2011 | Lurita Doan

Posted on 01/31/2011 4:58:36 AM PST by Kaslin

In the movie True Grit, U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, are no-nonsense, fearless, tough as nails characters adverse to sugar-coating problems, with a single-minded determination to get the job done. Rooster and Mattie exemplify an American virtue of “true grit”. On the other hand, Obama, in his recent State of the Union address, showed nothing but gloss.

Americans have always admired grit. Our nation, formed from audacious, ambitious adventurers and intellectuals, would not have survived without the “true grit” of generations of Americans willing to fearlessly fight foes, endure hardships, and bulldoze their way to a better life.

Americans expected the president to deliver the bad news about the economy, job creation and tough days ahead and propose tough solutions to get the job done. But, that didn’t happen.

Instead, in a weird, back-to-the-future kind of moment, Obama recommended that the nation spend more. He proposed more infrastructure spending in his plan to “win the future” and create more jobs. Didn’t he promise that two years, and $1,000,000,000,000.00 dollars ago?

No additional federal funding is needed to stimulate a federal construction boom by bbuilding bridges, roads, and other federal buildings, creating jobs and stimulate the economy. Federal construction is restricted, not by the lack of money, but by lengthy timelines caused by slow permitting processes and excessive bureaucratic regulations.

What is needed—desperately-- is no-cost, regulatory reform of the existing federal building process and a leader with girt that is willing to reduce the stifling bureaucratic process and regulatory regime that throttle all infrastructure projects in the US. To illustrate the problem, today the average cycle to conceive, design, fund and ultimately construct a federal building takes approximately 7 years. Most of that time is wasted on bureaucratic, regulatory process.

But make no mistake, a building boom is possible, and doesn't need to be stimulated by a federal handout. What is needed is dedicated leadership willing, and able, to curtail excessive bureaucratic reviews and focus more on the actual building of new infrastructure, versus a timid, rote adherence to an unsuccessful process that does not serve the nation.

What is needed is a leader with grit, to confront and refuse demands that require union involvement in construction, adherence to insanely lengthy environmental reviews, and endless wrangling on construction permits and reviews.

Congress knows this, too. Moving from conception, to prospectus, to congressional approval often takes as much as three years. Design, Bid and Award can take another two years. And then, there's the actual time required for construction. No wonder the average timeframe for a government building project is seven, long, costly years.

President Obama and his advisors do not understand the government procurement process, or the government construction process, and learned nothing from the supposed, “Shovel Ready” projects sold as part of the stimulus bill. A quick review of the construction projects, once touted by President Obama, will show that most are still tied up in nightmarish, regulatory processes, scoring rules, prospectuses, approvals, assessments, FONSIs (Finding of No Significant Impact) and Permitting.

Had Obama really wanted to push infrastructure projects, he could have eliminated or reduced any or all of the many different, bureaucratic hurdles that a building project must navigate. All sorts of infrastructure projects could be made “Shovel Ready” if a dedicated leadership were willing to curtail excessive bureaucratic reviews.

The simple fact is that federal building projects need regulatory reform to get moving. For example, an Executive Order to reduce the time required for the State department to issue Presidential Permits for construction of border crossing points would cost no money and could expedite border construction projects, with the added benefit of unclogging the nation’s trade arteries required for spurring exports.

Yet another good move would be for the President to issue an Executive Order to reduce the amount of time required for the government’s approval of FONSIs (Finding of No Significant Impact) on federal construction. Obama could increase the frequency of presenting building design and cost prospectuses to congress for approval. Why not change the rules regarding small business participation and joint ventures in construction projects under $50 million dollars? Obama could rescind the requirement for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) which punish non-union, small construction businesses and often prevents them from bidding or performing federal construction work in their communities. Federal construction projects, such as federal office buildings, federal court houses and land border ports of entry could create jobs in local communities throughout the United States, since most of these types of projects utilize local labor, local, skilled craftsmen and local, licensed construction professionals, many of which are small and minority businesses.

These projects don’t need more money; they need better understanding the federal construction process’ bottlenecks and more willing leadership in removing those bottlenecks.

If we are to actually ignite a national effort to build and repair the bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure in the country, what is needed most is a man with true grit. In his State of the Union message, President Obama showed instead, that he is not willing to face the problem squarely and take the actions needed to get results. What a pity.


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1 posted on 01/31/2011 4:58:40 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

LOL! Zero doesn’t even have faux grit.


2 posted on 01/31/2011 5:03:07 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Kaslin

If grit there is none, no true there can be


3 posted on 01/31/2011 5:03:24 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Lee'sGhost

“Our nation, formed from audacious, ambitious adventurers”

Right on. Those Puritans sailed from comfortable civilization across a rough sea on a little pitching boat into a New England winter (we see what those are like this very week as we watch the news) with no houses, no roads, just woods and Indians. Half of them died.


4 posted on 01/31/2011 5:10:14 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama Lacks True Grit

I'm shocked by this revelation.

5 posted on 01/31/2011 5:10:31 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error)
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To: Kaslin

And a long form birth certificate.


6 posted on 01/31/2011 5:22:00 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s using that cheap Chinese grit.

That’s why it keeps breaking on him.


7 posted on 01/31/2011 5:26:21 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Kaslin
The little tin god has as much "grit" as his handlers tell him he has.

Bear in mind...it is finally officially less than two years until we all will have the chance to eliminate this stain on the Presidency of this country.

8 posted on 01/31/2011 5:29:39 AM PST by Logic n' Reason ("Don't start coloring until you know where the lines go.")
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To: Logic n' Reason
At his recent meeting with top level security advisers to discuss events in Egypt,

0bambi practices his decision making techniques by:

Tossing a coin to decide on lunch:

Heads....Ragu beef

Tails....Lobster (no pun intended)

9 posted on 01/31/2011 5:41:37 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: Kaslin
Regardless of how it sounds Obama is either willfully trying to destroy America or he is stupid. There is no in between. We have plenty of oil but he and the Democrats refuse to drill so that we can spend all this money we are wasting on foreign oil to develope other kinds of energy. He and the Democrats purposely did not have a budget last year to cover up what he is doing and to try and protect the Democrats in the mid-term.The Democrat Party is destroying America and if we do not wise up it will happen very soon. Just think about this and use your reasoning. Dictatorship on the horizon.
10 posted on 01/31/2011 5:44:52 AM PST by RocketRoland
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To: Kaslin
Regardless of how it sounds Obama is either willfully trying to destroy America or he is stupid. There is no in between. We have plenty of oil but he and the Democrats refuse to drill so that we can spend all this money we are wasting on foreign oil to develope other kinds of energy. He and the Democrats purposely did not have a budget last year to cover up what he is doing and to try and protect the Democrats in the mid-term.The Democrat Party is destroying America and if we do not wise up it will happen very soon. Just think about this and use your reasoning. Dictatorship on the horizon.
11 posted on 01/31/2011 5:45:14 AM PST by RocketRoland
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To: Kaslin

No true grit, but a whole lotta sleaze.


12 posted on 01/31/2011 5:46:33 AM PST by dforest
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To: Kaslin

0bama = True________(Hint: rhymes with Grit)


13 posted on 01/31/2011 5:48:13 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s a waste of breath suggesting solutions to that prig infesting the Whitehouse. His plan is to reward and pay off his friends and punish and steal from his enemies. King obuma has declared war against Americans, and it’s time for states to fire back.

Patriots and conservatives now completely control 26 states. Time to use that power.


14 posted on 01/31/2011 5:52:11 AM PST by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: spokeshave
0bambi practices his decision making techniques by:
Tossing a coin to decide on lunch

He had to borrow the coin from his troll of a spouse.

15 posted on 01/31/2011 5:57:04 AM PST by Logic n' Reason ("Don't start coloring until you know where the lines go.")
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To: Kaslin

Grit?
The boy king doesn’t even have spit. How could he possible have grit?
But then he is full of sh!t, but that don’t count.


16 posted on 01/31/2011 6:04:09 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Re-Elect President Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Kaslin

Obama/Soetoro certainly does not lack TRUE CRIME.


17 posted on 01/31/2011 6:50:40 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Kaslin

The only grit Barry has ever had was related to someone’s failure to rinse the arugula.


18 posted on 01/31/2011 6:52:00 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Kaslin

Lets see if the GOP has the grit to refuse to raise the debt ceiling?


19 posted on 01/31/2011 6:56:33 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: RocketRoland

willfully trying to destroy America or he is stupid

Its both! His boss George Sorass wants to run us in the ditch so he can make a pile on our fall like he did on the UK and nobama is nothing more than a common black dude street hustler with a significantly greater reach than grasp, that relies on bullshite with no ability beyond the next 15 minutes.


20 posted on 01/31/2011 7:11:05 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: N. Theknow

Wit?

Fit?

Hit?


21 posted on 01/31/2011 7:11:20 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote conservative! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free Vulcan
Wit?

Nope.

Fit?

Nope

Hit?

Very close! Only one letter is missing!

22 posted on 01/31/2011 7:16:05 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: RocketRoland

“Regardless of how it sounds Obama is either willfully trying to destroy America or he is stupid.”
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Some seem to believe he is really as stupid as he acts. I don’t think he is very smart but I lean more toward the willful destruction side.


23 posted on 01/31/2011 12:44:50 PM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: N. Theknow

Too tough a riddle, I’ll NEVER figure that out;>)


24 posted on 01/31/2011 12:46:39 PM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: RocketRoland

Read David Limbaugh’s book, Crimes Against Liberty. You’ll know exactly what the creature in Our whitehouse thinks of America and Americans.


25 posted on 02/03/2011 6:31:17 AM PST by tillacum (The American military keeps us free, not the politicians or media. Praise Be for them.)
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