Skip to comments.Obama to push for more infrastructure spending in speech (Today in FL)
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 weve 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."
"Weve got ports that arent ready for the new supertankers that are going to begin passing through the new Panama Canal in two years time," Obama said. "If we dont 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.
Its 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.
We’re getting SO much better .... first reply.
Not more spending, more “investments”!
Same old same.
Anything but the IRS, Benghazi, NSA, etc. and the “Coverup Media” will let him get away with it.
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...
He's becoming more irrelevant every day.
Happy days are here again. LOL
The event in Jacksonville is NOT open to the public.Hand picked audience. So much for transparency.
Mr President we see right through you!
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
How about Welfare Recipients and Food Stamp recipients being REQUIRED to perform Community Service jobs like cleaning up the sidewalks, streets, garbage, etc.?
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!)
He looks pasty, drawn, haggard and his eyes look like little slits.
Maybe he needs a vacation.......hmmmm.
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.
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.
Go for it Zero, you commie idiot.