Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Liberal House Democrats urge 'bold action' from Obama on jobs issue
The Hill ^ | 9/01/11 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 09/01/2011 4:10:15 PM PDT by mdittmar

Liberal House Democrats are pressuring President Obama to ignore his conservative critics and take "bold action" to tackle the lingering jobs crisis.

Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) — the co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — want the president to champion sweeping investments in the nation's crumbling infrastructure as a way to create jobs and jolt the sluggish economy.

"With 14 million Americans still looking for work, this is not the time to tinker around the edges," the lawmakers wrote to Obama Thursday. "We must take bold action, and that requires federal emergency jobs legislation."

Obama is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress Sept. 8 to lay out his plans for tackling the nation's unemployment rate, which is hovering above 9 percent.

Specifically, Grijalva and Ellison are urging Obama to promote a national infrastructure bank, a public-private partnership designed to fund the nation's aging roads, bridges, railways and other vital structures. That proposal, championed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), is part of the "Make it in America" agenda House Democrats have been pushing this year.

"The country’s infrastructure needs an estimated investment of $2.2 trillion," Grijalva and Ellison wrote. "We should not delay these crucial investments, especially while millions of Americans are out of work. Rebuilding America — without creating expensive new corporate tax loopholes — will further boost our economy and create badly needed jobs."

Such a plan would have a tough road ahead, however, as the majority House Republicans are opposed to new stimulus spending as a way to inject life in the limping economy. Instead, GOP leaders want to cut taxes, slash spending and scale back regulations they say have prevented businesses from hiring new workers.

Indeed, to deliver their radio address this week, Republican leaders have chosen Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who sponsored a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, which would slam the breaks on new stimulus spending unless it was offset elsewhere in the budget.

Both parties insist they're fighting for job creation. But the vast differences between their strategies has left each side accusing the other of failing to address the issue. 

Grijalva and Ellison argued Thursday that the federal government has a responsibility to intervene for the sake of the country's economic future.

"There is no shortage of work to be done in America, and no shortage of workers to do it," they wrote to Obama. "We are squandering the talent, energy and hopes of a generation."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; ellison; fail; grijalva; infrastructure; liberalfascism; obama; socialism; socialistdemocrats
And guess what was just released today,yep a new report on "the nation's crumbling infrastructure"!

AMERICA’S RURAL ROADS ARE DETERIORATED AND INSUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND MOBILITY DEMANDS. RURAL TRAFFIC FATALITIES ARE THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN ALL OTHER ROADS. Washington, D.C.- America’s rural heartland is home to approximately 50 million people and its natural resources provide the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that supports the nation’s economy and way of life. But, according to a new report, the roads and bridges that serve and connect the nation’s rural areas face a number of significant challenges, including inadequate capacity to handle the growing levels of traffic and commerce, limited connectivity, the inability to accommodate growing freight travel, deteriorated road and bridge conditions, a lack of desirable safety features, and a traffic fatality rate far higher than all other roads and highways. The report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” was released today by TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.

I'm already seeing the old media running with it.

How coincidental;)

1 posted on 09/01/2011 4:10:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

“Bold action” would be his announcement that he is resigning. =.=


2 posted on 09/01/2011 4:12:24 PM PDT by cranked
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Dems' plan:

SPEND LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!!!!

And for he Dems, after next November....there isn't..

3 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:04 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Dems' plan:

SPEND LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!!!!

And for he Dems, after next November....there isn't..

4 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:08 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Dems' plan:

SPEND LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!!!!

And for he Dems, after next November....there isn't..

5 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:08 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Dems' plan:

SPEND LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!!!!

And for he Dems, after next November....there isn't..

6 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:08 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

Bold Action: the Kenyan will name Hugo Chavez as his Jobs Czar.


7 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:14 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Dems' plan:

SPEND LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW!!!!

And for he Dems, after next November....there isn't..

8 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:20 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

“Bold Action”= firing up the printing press and spreading money to the union goons.


9 posted on 09/01/2011 4:15:32 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

“bold plan” - stimulus, supported by higher taxes on everyone


10 posted on 09/01/2011 4:17:06 PM PDT by hsalaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cranked

We’ve had enough “bold action” “concrete steps” and historic “fundamental change” for about 50 years.


11 posted on 09/01/2011 4:17:09 PM PDT by omega4179 (Obama Downgrade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

Maybe he will propose a Department of Infrastructure.

Or a Department of Jobs.

Or yet another czar to focus on jobs.

After all, if he creates more bureaucracy or an office with a czar in it, those new departments or czar office all need employees and office space to be rented, and office supplies, etc. AND all of that stimulates the economy, per the Obamabots.


12 posted on 09/01/2011 4:18:39 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

Bold Action - Butt out! Quit trying to “fix” things and see how quickly they “fix” themselves!!


13 posted on 09/01/2011 4:22:36 PM PDT by smalltownslick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego
The Federal Department of Pecker Gnat Control.
A million man army of young folks armed with fly swatters, they'll be placed in all 57 states to guard against this curse...
14 posted on 09/01/2011 4:22:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

Lemmme see here....

A radical Muslim Leftist intent on Sha’ria Law in the US and an open borders La Raza SEIU stooge are calling for bold action?

The Muslim Mexican Marxist connection. Beck was right.


15 posted on 09/01/2011 4:23:37 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
Bold action, are the left threatening Marshall law and king Obummer. Do not think you liberals have enough ammo.
16 posted on 09/01/2011 4:26:38 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

The only “bold action” that would have a positive impact is unavailable to this socialist Administration: getting the government out of the way and allowing the free market to function.


17 posted on 09/01/2011 4:27:04 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

Except it’s not a job creation issue is it dispite what the leftists and the MSM say. We all know government can create useless jobs. The issue is WEALTH CREATION, something the government never has and never will create but ONLY the FREE MARKET.


18 posted on 09/01/2011 4:29:12 PM PDT by PapaNew
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

The only jobs that will be created is when the sign company hires more to make the new ‘Recovery’ signs.


19 posted on 09/01/2011 4:31:44 PM PDT by AU72
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

What was that stimulus bill back in 2009 supposed to be about?

These jobs any more shovel ready now than they were then?


20 posted on 09/01/2011 4:37:01 PM PDT by Argus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken5050; All
Did a google news search for "TRIP ranked",here's some results.

Northern New England's rural roads get poor marks
Report Ranks SC Rural Roads Worst For Fatalities In Country

Report: Rural Road Deaths Up

Study ranks state 16th in rural road fatalities

Va. rural roads among deadliest, Md. gets passing grade
Report: W.Va.'s rural roads 7th most deficient in US, rural traffic fatality ...
Hawaii's Roads, Bridges are Dilapidated, National Study Shows;
Report laments condition of rural roads
Missouri roads and bridges suffering from lack of investment
ND ranks 10th in nation for deadliest rural roads
Report: 25 percent of state bridges in need of repair
Report: Arizona's rural roads traffic fatality rate ranks eighth highest in ...

The old media out in force to push obamas "jobs" speech;)

21 posted on 09/01/2011 4:38:14 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

Wow! The left really has absolutely no idea about economics and wealth. Not a clue! They believe the government can just borrow money and move it around and the economy will somehow take off.

Like the asinine comment of unemployment checks creating jobs...


22 posted on 09/01/2011 4:45:39 PM PDT by vlad335 (Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

it’s already tomorrow

now what?


23 posted on 09/01/2011 4:48:58 PM PDT by icanhasbailout
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cranked

Recovery summer 2010 here and done.Recov­ery summer 2011 here and gone. Whats next for Barry ?


24 posted on 09/01/2011 5:00:15 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AU72
This project paid for by your tax dollars to support unions who give your tax dollars back to democrats so they can get reelected.

Now that would be truth in road signs.

25 posted on 09/01/2011 5:02:02 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
"The country’s infrastructure needs an estimated investment of $2.2 trillion," Grijalva and Ellison wrote. "We should not delay these crucial investments, especially while millions of Americans are out of work. Rebuilding America — without creating expensive new corporate tax loopholes — will further boost our economy and create badly needed jobs."

The first $ trillion dollar stimulus package was to address this.

Obama already admitted "shovel ready" was a failure.

So now they want to do this again?

26 posted on 09/01/2011 5:23:05 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

The word “stimulus” has been tainted. I’m surprised liberals are still using it. I expect Obama to come up with a euphemism to replace stimulus. My suggestion is “unicorn skittles”.


27 posted on 09/01/2011 5:23:43 PM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

What’s your problem? Are you trying to impress people with your multiple, redundant posts?


28 posted on 09/01/2011 5:24:53 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar
In my town they are ripping up perfectly good roads/streets to put in traffic calming for pedestrians. Many streets and roads that really need repairs have gone untouched. It is a misapplication of resources during these troubled times..
29 posted on 09/01/2011 5:31:56 PM PDT by EVO X
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

Ordering business owners to the WH garden for some beer and arm twisting?


30 posted on 09/01/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mdittmar

His “bold” sction will be to bring back the WPA.


31 posted on 09/02/2011 7:35:51 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mylife

Yep, that’s what it is -

printing money = inflation = stealing the wealth out of your savings

and giving it to union goons for laundering right back into ‘rat campaign coffers.


32 posted on 09/02/2011 7:38:26 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson