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Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways
Fox News and AP ^ | 26 Feb 14 | AP staff

Posted on 02/26/2014 2:46:38 PM PST by SkyPilot

Just two days after the Pentagon outlined major cuts to the U.S. Army and other military programs, President Obama is calling for a whopping $300 billion commitment for America's roads, bridges and mass transit systems -- though as much as half comes from a tax plan that has bleak prospects on the Hill.

The president talked about the stimulus-style plan during a stop Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn. Officials say the money, as proposed, largely would come from "pro-growth business tax reform." But aside from the challenges in pushing tax reform, Obama could have a hard time making the sell when his military leaders, just days ago, were complaining about the budget crunch.

Moments before the president took the podium, the Republican National Committee also questioned whether new transportation spending would be the jobs engine the administration claims.

"President Obama claimed that the $830 billion stimulus would spend money on shovel-ready projects that would repair our country's infrastructure," RNC spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement. "If the president couldn't fix our economic problems the first time, then why would we trust him with another blank check?"

On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army from its current level of 522,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000, which would be the lowest level since before the World War II build-up. He called for a range of other cuts including retiring the A-10 fleet for a savings of $3.5 billion. Military officials said they need to cut $75 billion over two years, to comply with congressionally mandated reductions.

The $302 billion infrastructure fund Obama is talking about would last for four years, but more than eclipses the budget shortfall the military is grappling with.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; military; obama; stimulus
Message: more screwing over of our military and veterans.

And more money for corrupt giveaways to DNC supporters, bridges to nowhere, "Obama Foams", Food Stamps, and union thug payoffs.

Where did the $890 Billion from his last "stimulus" for "shovel ready" jobs go?


1 posted on 02/26/2014 2:46:38 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar; xzins; 2ndDivisionVet

Ping.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 2:47:25 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

All he accomplished today was screwing up the traffic here at midday.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 2:48:34 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: SkyPilot

Cut the military — give more $$ to the unions.

It’s the democrap way.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 2:49:17 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SkyPilot

Let me see, as I recall, Porkulus was supposed to address all that, but as any thinking person knows, that money goes to green groups to “study the problem” not for actually building anything. That’s what they call “infrastructure spending” these days.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 2:51:27 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: SkyPilot

RE: Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways

What ever happened to the over $800 Billion stimulus bill? I thought they were supposed to be used for roads and bridges ( AKA shovel ready jobs )...


6 posted on 02/26/2014 2:54:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SkyPilot
Shovel ready!

YOWZAH!!!!

7 posted on 02/26/2014 2:54:26 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: SkyPilot

We have dutifully kept your borders open.
We have armed the terrorists with Fast&Furious guns
and Benghazi MANPADS, and in ways you could only dream.
We have now imported over 40,000 of these armed terrorists.
And they are protected now by the US Constitution
and need these roadways to get to all US cities
and then escape quickly, after, you know, workplace accidents."



8 posted on 02/26/2014 2:55:18 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: SkyPilot

A trillion dollars and all we got was this crappy road sign.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 2:55:39 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: SkyPilot

The nation wide $0.05/gallon fed tax on vehicle fuels under G.H. Bush and the $700+ BILLION TARP funds under obozo, both said were needed to keep the highway infrastructure maintained and for new construction of same, and it all was spent on what?????????????????


10 posted on 02/26/2014 2:57:05 PM PST by drypowder
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To: smokingfrog

Translation:

Roads - after stealing the money from the Gas Tax fund for everything except roads for years, the theft will lessen a little.

More buses and bicycles, and maybe even rickshaws for “urban areas”...$149.999 billion.

Graft, theft, palm-greasing, no-shows and other misc. expenses - $150 billion.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 2:57:57 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: SkyPilot

Hears another one: what do bank robbers do when they discover the bank has no money?? They take the money out of the pockets of the people inside the bank.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 3:02:34 PM PST by drypowder
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To: SkyPilot

Obama is looking to build an Autobahn.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 3:05:33 PM PST by o-n-money
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14 posted on 02/26/2014 3:06:00 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SkyPilot

Not so many of those stately girder bridges left nowadays.

Sadly.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 3:08:41 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: SkyPilot

Bob “Drunken thug” Beckel just said the military cuts aren’t deep enough. Why does little Bobby hate the military so much? He hid in the Peace Corpse during Vietnam (in the Phillipenes, where many people go for vacation). What a tool.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 3:10:46 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: SkyPilot

The juggeared marxist was here in St.Paul pimping more ‘free’ money from Uncle Sugar for his Dem mayors and their choo choo trains.

Meanwhile the mayor of St.Paul can’t even manage to get the roads cleared of ice and fix the thousands of potholes.

If you don’t clear your sidewalk of the snow you get fined.(St.Paul/MPLS/etc)

If the city doesn’t fix the roads and you break your suspension, you complain and are told to pound sand.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 3:11:33 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: SkyPilot

High-speed rail!
and...
No pat downs!


18 posted on 02/26/2014 3:30:39 PM PST by Zuse
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To: SkyPilot

road work == money into the pockets of his constituents.... and out of the mouths and wallets of his political enemies


19 posted on 02/26/2014 3:32:52 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: ozzymandus
Bob “Drunken thug” Beckel just said the military cuts aren’t deep enough.

I don't need to listen to anything that guy says, much less about our brave military.

DemoRat Bob Beckel Caught up in Sex Scandal

Fine, he is in recovery from alcoholism. Good for him. But even most alcoholics, in their most drunken stupor, don't hire prostitutes to drive out to their homes in Virginia to give them blow jobs in their kitchen.

Except for Bob Beckel.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 3:33:15 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I hope she charged him ripoff rates.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 3:46:25 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: ozzymandus
I apologize for my previous post. Although factual, I don't mean to slander Beckel. We are all sinners. It makes me very upset, however, that he has the gall to take the side of evil, attack our military, attack patriotic Americans, attack Christians, and then go around accepting awards at banquets for what a “hero” he is to stop drinking. I wish him the best for his sobriety, but I also wish he would turn away from his continued endorsement of pure evil.
22 posted on 02/26/2014 3:48:09 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
The idea actually has some merit.

One wouldn't want the Chinese to ride in on pot-holed roads and crumbling bridges when they roll in with their tanks and BTRs, would we? Wouldn't that be hazardous?

23 posted on 02/26/2014 4:03:58 PM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: SkyPilot
Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways

Excuse me if my memory has failed, but didn't the "shovel-ready" 3Trillion$ stimulus deal with that?
Years ago?

If we have to do it all over again, who the **** made off with the original funds?

HELLO??!!??

24 posted on 02/26/2014 5:53:30 PM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: drypowder
both said were needed to keep the highway infrastructure maintained and for new construction of same, and it all was spent on what?????????????????

Psssst!
More EBT cards and Obamafones, y'all!

25 posted on 02/26/2014 5:56:39 PM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: SkyPilot

How about chopping 20% off the welfare program and giving it to the military troops.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 6:30:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty ping.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 6:31:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: publius911

We have a president hell bent on destroying America and now smokers of pot will help to get it done quicker. Pot smokers make great rail builders and road workers.


28 posted on 02/26/2014 6:39:11 PM PST by TEARUNNER14 (Politicians are helping to destroy Americans as long as dummies vote them in.)
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To: TEARUNNER14

Maybe by the time this ordeal is all over, everybody will want to get stoned. Kidding of course, but maybe not much.

High on Jesus anybody? Why did that go out with the hippie age?


29 posted on 02/26/2014 6:41:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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30 posted on 02/26/2014 6:45:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SkyPilot

I heard a line today that had me completely flabbergasted and besides my self.

Think it was ABC ‘top of the hour’ news at 12noon and I was just hearing bits of it and the guy mentioned something about a push for some tax reform IN CONGRESS- then he said..
“Apparently a number of Congressman are afraid to take this up in an Election Year”.

Isn’t it almost ALWAYS election year for Congressmen?
You get elected in Nov, 1st year you get about 4 months off, 2nd year you start running for relection and if shaky, you are a lame duck...


31 posted on 02/26/2014 7:01:48 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

HIGH ON JESUS! Yes I am proud to know Jesus as my lord an savior! He gave me my life back after I had died. And my life hasn’t been the same since.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 7:07:47 PM PST by TEARUNNER14 (Politicians are helping to destroy Americans as long as dummies vote them in.)
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To: publius911
Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways

Excuse me if my memory has failed, but didn't the "shovel-ready" 3Trillion$ stimulus deal with that? Years ago?Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways

Excuse me if my memory has failed, but didn't the "shovel-ready" 3Trillion$ stimulus deal with that? Years ago?

Ha...did he ever see a road construction in progress....

Lot of TRUCKS....(need a CDL license)

Lots of HEAVY MACHINERY...need special certifications...

Pile drivers...very specialized operators

Cranes....even more specialized and HIGHLY SKILLED operators....

Cement mixers and Cement delivery trucks....CDL license

Gravel delivery trucks....ditto.

In fact they use huge automated machines to build highways on a continuous motion ...controlled by a GPS and fed with raw materials...

You don't see to many "shovels" being wielded...

Here's Michelle la Bell Antoinette Obama demonstrating close quarter shovel work...


33 posted on 02/26/2014 7:10:42 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: SkyPilot

“Where did the $890 Billion from his last “stimulus” for “shovel ready” jobs go?”

No kidding. We ought to have a half dozen new major interstate highways with gold-plated speed limits signs for all the money poured into the porkulus. Yeesh!


34 posted on 02/26/2014 9:10:18 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: SkyPilot; All

On the subject of the military, I was listening to the Senate hearing on sexual abuse in the military. Then I ran across this article. Rape reports are up perhaps because military is finally paying attention.
http://www.aol.com/article/2014/02/26/army-removes-588-troops-from-sensitive-jobs/20839330/?ncid=webmail14


35 posted on 02/27/2014 1:36:25 AM PST by gleeaikin
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