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Obama to push for more infrastructure spending in speech (Today in FL)
The Hill ^ | -07/25/13 06:00 AM ET | By Justin Sink

Posted on 07/25/2013 4:26:01 AM PDT by onyx

President Obama will push for new infrastructure projects and investments as he hits the road again Thursday, traveling this time to Jacksonville, Fla., for his third consecutive speech on the economy.



The event at the city's port comes fresh on the heels of the president's much-hyped economic address Wednesday in Illinois, where he claimed credit for the economic recovery and argued that his progressive economic policies would benefit the middle class.

He also challenged congressional Republicans, daring them to propose alternative solutions to aid in the recovery and accusing them of obsessing over "phony scandals" for short-term political gain.

Obama will continue to target the GOP in his speech Thursday, according to a White House official.

"While in Jacksonville, the president will continue to talk about the cornerstones of middle-class security and discuss specifically how the House Republican budget approach poses a risk to the progress we’ve made in each area, including jobs, education, housing, and healthcare," the official said.

The White House chose the port as the site of the speech because it is home to two projects — a container terminal and a rail yard — that the administration expedited last year as part of a broader infrastructure push.

"Expediting permitting projects through executive action is just one example of how the president can and will act through his own authority to promote our economic progress, while still pushing Congress to pass legislation to grow the economy and create jobs," the White House official said.

In his speech in Illinois on Wednesday, Obama said his remarks would "offer new ideas for doing what America has always done best, which is building things."

"We’ve got ports that aren’t ready for the new supertankers that are going to begin passing through the new Panama Canal in two years’ time," Obama said. "If we don’t get that done, those tankers are going to go someplace else."

The president made a similar visit to the Port of Miami in March, when he touted a series of tax breaks and loans designed to stimulate private investment in infrastructure. He also called on Congress to fund a $10 billion infrastructure bank to aid in those efforts.

At the time, House Republicans said they also wanted to upgrade the nation's roads and bridges — if the costs were offset in other parts of the federal budget.

“It’s easy to go out there and be Santa Claus and talk about all the things you want to give away,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said. “But at some point, somebody has to pay the bill.”

Before speaking in Jacksonville, the president and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will tour the container terminal that was expedited under executive order.


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What are the chances President Alinsky will mention Trayvon Martin?
1 posted on 07/25/2013 4:26:01 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

We’re getting SO much better .... first reply.


2 posted on 07/25/2013 4:31:34 AM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: onyx

Not more spending, more “investments”!


3 posted on 07/25/2013 4:32:02 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: onyx

Cloward-Pivin anyone?


4 posted on 07/25/2013 4:32:33 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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To: glorgau

Same old same.


5 posted on 07/25/2013 4:38:54 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: onyx

Anything but the IRS, Benghazi, NSA, etc. and the “Coverup Media” will let him get away with it.


6 posted on 07/25/2013 4:39:55 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: onyx

The president really should try to avoid using the word “phony”. Listeners will have an irresistible compulsion to attach it to things like recovery, jobs, unemployment statistics, climate worries, the list is endless...


7 posted on 07/25/2013 4:41:13 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: onyx
Is anyone except the slavish media paying one iota of attention any more to where the hollow-man president is and what he's blabbing about?

He's becoming more irrelevant every day.

Leni

8 posted on 07/25/2013 4:42:12 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Barack Hussein Obama....the 44th white African president of the United States)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends






NO!
Just more his same Marxist policies that have strangled US competitiveness, eroded economic freedom, and have saddled us with historic debt.

Please Support Free Republic Today!

9 posted on 07/25/2013 4:44:04 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MinuteGal

You’re right.


10 posted on 07/25/2013 4:44:44 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Happy days are here again. LOL


11 posted on 07/25/2013 4:47:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: onyx

The event in Jacksonville is NOT open to the public.Hand picked audience. So much for transparency.
Mr President we see right through you!
Freegards
LEX


12 posted on 07/25/2013 4:50:07 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: onyx

I visited a museum recently that described the construction of the National Road, the first federally mandaded interstate hiway.

It had a display depicting a road cross section. there was a sub base made of 4” rock about 24” thick and a sub base of 2” rock maybe 16 “ thick.

There were two iron circles welded to rod handles and an iron mallet on display. There was a drawing of a man with a rock in one hand and and the mallet in the other. He would break up the rock. If it passed through the 2” circle it went in one pile, If bigger but smaller than the 4” circle it went in a separate pile.

Perhaps that is the infrastructure building jobs we need now. Three meals and a cot and 10 hours on th job


13 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:19 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: onyx

How about Welfare Recipients and Food Stamp recipients being REQUIRED to perform Community Service jobs like cleaning up the sidewalks, streets, garbage, etc.?


14 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:22 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: glorgau

It’s times like these I wish I had three hands for a triple face palm. “Not this sh*t again!”
2013 Blame Republicans Tour (like Obama’s not part of DC. Yeah, right!)


15 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:26 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: All; mickie
Has anyone else noticed how sickly Obama is looking this last week or so in unposed moments caught on camera?

He looks pasty, drawn, haggard and his eyes look like little slits.

Maybe he needs a vacation.......hmmmm.

Leni

16 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:57 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Barack Hussein Obama....the 44th white African president of the United States)
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To: onyx

With the amount of money this guy has wasted we would have had the best infrastructure on earth.But the money went to his union buddies and campaign supporters.Now we’re in debt up to our eyeballs and we are lucky to afford to put fuel and pilots in our Air Force and Navy Planes.

Oh! I can’t forget how we’re continuing to subsidize the losers endless vacations.


17 posted on 07/25/2013 4:54:00 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: DownInFlames

Pathetic. Since (at least) 2007 he’s been talking about money for roads and bridges, money for education, and money for green technology. It’s all he’s got.

Six years in, and he hasn’t figured out that he needs to come up with a Plan B.


18 posted on 07/25/2013 4:55:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: onyx
The only thing we're missing is a Five Year Plan. Or maybe a Great Leap Forward.

Go for it Zero, you commie idiot.

19 posted on 07/25/2013 4:56:00 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: onyx
Infrastructure spending? Which Hoover Dams has 0bama built in the last four years? Maybe he'll claim he "saved or created" some of the USA's monumental conmstruction projects.


20 posted on 07/25/2013 4:57:48 AM PDT by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: bert

Hmmmm. That sounds like prison labor. Not a bad idea when you think about it.


21 posted on 07/25/2013 4:59:00 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: onyx

I thought he fixed the infrastructure with the shovel ready jobs?

Pray for America to Wake Up


22 posted on 07/25/2013 5:01:54 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: onyx

So what exactly is the “White House Democrat budget approach”?


23 posted on 07/25/2013 5:01:58 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Fresh Wind

-——sounds like prison labor——

I don’t think so. I think there was a contractor(s)


24 posted on 07/25/2013 5:02:12 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775; mickie
Obama can only speak at college campuses, union rallys, rest homes, kindergarten class rooms and closed Rose Garden pep rallies or he would be booed and hooted off the stage....or someone would throw a shoe at him.

Leni

25 posted on 07/25/2013 5:11:54 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Barack Hussein Obama....the 44th white African president of the United States)
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To: onyx
from the boy not smart enough to understand the business model of a lemonade stand...
26 posted on 07/25/2013 5:12:15 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MinuteGal

I caught a few clips of him from yesterday. He looked angry and vindictive pointing his finger and shooting those evil dirty looks at us while giving us his lecture of lies.


27 posted on 07/25/2013 5:12:41 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: glorgau

We already spent enough money to build a bridge over every river, lake, stream and puddle in Acirema. I guess dry lake beds and the Grand Canyon are next.

Meanwhile, in Old Joe Biden’s plantation, there is a much needed bridge that won’t get built. A community focus group met with DE DOT to provide input on the design. They opted for a less expensive, quicker to build design, which DE DOT didn’t want. So nothing gets done. So much for community input.

And for the NSA trolls, FU.


28 posted on 07/25/2013 5:16:39 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: onyx

what economic recovery is that?


29 posted on 07/25/2013 5:18:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: MinuteGal

You are right! This is probably only open to Longshoreman union sorts there is some snafu in red tape to do some dredgeing and opening up the Jax Port to larger container ships. Obama will probably issue an EO opening up this blockage.
FREEGARDS
LEX


30 posted on 07/25/2013 5:21:00 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: onyx

In 1953 Americans undertook the building of the 5 mile long Mackinac bridge between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Its a truly impressive structure with towers that stand nearly 1000 feet tall from the lakebed and it stood as the longest single span suspension bridge in the world for nearly 30 years. It took 3 years to build with no winter construction and nearly 8000 people were employed on the project in some form or another. It cost around $100 million to build.

Today such an infrastructure project could not happen. There would be decades of environmental impact studies. Lord knows how many billions it would cost over the 20 years or so the unions managed to milk the project and the final cost would likely run into the 10s of billions.

As far as democrat stupidity goes you can again look to Detroit where the city has fought against the building of a second bridge over the Detroit river for 30 years. They even fought (and lost thank God) against Canada paying for a new bridge. They fought the Canadian funded bridge because they won’t have control of the money.

Any time I hear a democrat say the word infrastructure, I want to knock their teeth down their throat.


31 posted on 07/25/2013 5:23:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: onyx
Obama to push for more infrastructure spending in speech (Today in FL)

You could remove his brain and replace it with a tape recorder with a few statist slogans and no one would be able to tell.

The man is 100% evil. He's the embodiment of Stalin and Mugabe rolled into one vile tyrant, and the worst part is that over 50% of the country thinks this is a good thing.
32 posted on 07/25/2013 5:24:44 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: yldstrk; onyx

“what economic recovery is that?”

Two on food stamps for every one job created.


33 posted on 07/25/2013 5:25:58 AM PDT by Clyde5445
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To: bray
"I thought he fixed the infrastructure with the shovel ready jobs?"

With nearly 9 hundred billion dollars in tax-payer money for the "Stimulas Program", we still haven't fix those bridges? Where did all that money go? There needs to be an accounting by the GAO and other non-partisan entities.

This marxist pretend Potus reminds me of the the days phonograph records would skip back to a certain point due to a defective groove on the LP.
We need to rebuild and we will with this Stimulas Pack...skip...
We need to rebuild and we will with this Stimulas Pack...skip...
We need to rebuild and we will with this Stimulas Pack...skip...
and on it goes until you lift the needle arm and change the record to something that actually works.

34 posted on 07/25/2013 5:30:34 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: onyx
In his speech in Illinois on Wednesday, Obama said his remarks would "offer new ideas for doing what America has always done best, which is building things."

Along with plenty of crony capitalism for the contractors and lots of extra payoffs to the unions.

There's absolutely nothing new here; y'all can go home now.

35 posted on 07/25/2013 5:32:39 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: onyx

Progress in jobs? Unemployment is still at 7.6% and underemployment is still in the 14.5% range. Just announced: 343,000 new jobless numbers.

Progress in housing? Look at Detroit and the areas still waiting to clean up from Hurricane Sandy.

Progress in healthcare? The section for businesses has already been delayed a year and the section for individuals most likely also be delayed.

Yeah, a lot of progress but more at the 'progress'ive agenda.

Build the economy out from the middle class? That means imposing more taxes on the middle class. You can't tax a nation into prosperity. It is an impossibility.
36 posted on 07/25/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: A Navy Vet

It’s the same record that has been playing since 1930, Marxism will work this time.


37 posted on 07/25/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: onyx

Look for the union thugs to engineer a bridge collapse someplace within the next seven days.


38 posted on 07/25/2013 5:45:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bray
It’s the same record that has been playing since 1930, Marxism will work this time.

The advent of high-tech IT systems has actually convinced them of this.


39 posted on 07/25/2013 5:45:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MinuteGal

The Ring has that effect on humans...


40 posted on 07/25/2013 5:48:15 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: bert

If you saw this museum you no doubt know that the National Road was the subject of the first big Congressional slugfest about the proper role of Government.

Many in the Congress felt that building roads was NOT a proper function of the Federal Government. And they nearly prevailed. Some of us wish perhaps that they had.


41 posted on 07/25/2013 6:16:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: onyx
More infrastructure spending? Like we were supposed to do in Porkulus I? We still have roadside signs about the Pittsburgh area advertising the wonderful improvements underway thanks to Porkulus I.

Only, for the most part, the roads are just as crappy as they were before the signs were erected. I guess the irony is lost on these nimrods.

42 posted on 07/25/2013 6:24:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

yep


43 posted on 07/25/2013 6:25:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Six years in, and he hasn’t figured out that he needs to come up with a Plan B.

Neither have most of his sycophants. As long as their EBT cards are loaded and their ObamaPhones keep flowing, they never will.

44 posted on 07/25/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: onyx


45 posted on 07/25/2013 6:28:17 AM PDT by Iron Munro (They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation)
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To: Vigilanteman

It is amazing the length of time he’s been able to spin this same tired schtick for. We must be getting stupider by the day.


46 posted on 07/25/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: onyx
to the obozo hussein, spending more on infrastructure means building more FEMA camps
47 posted on 07/25/2013 7:19:43 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: lexington minuteman 1775; yorkiemom; USS Johnston; publius321; Theodore R.; JSteff; ...

Reeling from his over 4 year failure to achieve his stated goal of “Fundamentally changing the United States of America,” Communist Tyrant B. Hussein Obama has embarked on another expensive road trip to try to sell his Commune-Style power grab of 1/6 th of the US economy by promoting the idea that increased Federal debt is the best way of salvation for the over-taxed Middle Class.

The problem is not with loyal Communist Obama, as he is just doing what his Communist trainers have taught him to do.

The problem lies with the sorry House RINOs who keep John Boehner on as their useless, Commie Obama enabler Speaker.

Nothing is going to help Commie Obama more than to keep John Boehner on as Speaker of the House.

Boehner has repeatedly stated his baseless fear that “If the Republicians stand up and oppose Obama we might be blamed by the Liberals for __________________(Fill in the blank).”

It is time for the House RINOs to step up to the plate and fight FOR The Republic, and not wallow in the baseless fears of losing the fake prasie of Liberals when a “Bi-Partisan Cave-In” is finally agreed to.

The reality is that WE would cheer “Shutting down the Government,” and it’s ‘non-essential’ Federal expenditures, or “playing politics” with Commie Obama’s “phony scandals” such as the Obama coverup of the Benghazi Massacre, or the NSA, or IRS, etc., etc., etc.

Rather than taking the fight TO the enemy, in this case the inexorable attempt to turn our Republic into a Communist State, Boehner has consistently shown that he is not a fighter.

It is time during Commie Obama’s con-artist tour of the remaining Liberal bastions in America for us to demand from our sorry House RINOs that they depose scardy-cat Boehner as Speaker, and install a FIGHTER worthy of our trust in his/her record of defeating Communist Con-Artists such as B. Hussein Obama.

What say all of you?


48 posted on 07/25/2013 8:02:25 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: onyx

Good, bout time he pried some of the Trillions he took to build the infrastructure back from his Mafia friends and spent it on the road work he promised the first and second time.


49 posted on 07/25/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Graewoulf

What does it matter what we say? Boehner is not elected by national vote, but by a small district. It’s not up to us.


50 posted on 07/25/2013 8:23:57 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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