Skip to comments.Amid military cuts, Obama urges $300B for roads and railways
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.
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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?
All he accomplished today was screwing up the traffic here at midday.
Cut the military — give more $$ to the unions.
It’s the democrap way.
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.
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 )...
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."
A trillion dollars and all we got was this crappy road sign.
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?????????????????
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 - $150 billion.
Hears another one: what do bank robbers do when they discover the bank has no money?? They take the money out of the pockets of the people inside the bank.
Obama is looking to build an Autobahn.
Not so many of those stately girder bridges left nowadays.
Bob “Drunken thug” Beckel just said the military cuts aren’t deep enough. Why does little Bobby hate the military so much? He hid in the Peace Corpse during Vietnam (in the Phillipenes, where many people go for vacation). What a tool.
The juggeared marxist was here in St.Paul pimping more ‘free’ money from Uncle Sugar for his Dem mayors and their choo choo trains.
Meanwhile the mayor of St.Paul can’t even manage to get the roads cleared of ice and fix the thousands of potholes.
If you dont clear your sidewalk of the snow you get fined.(St.Paul/MPLS/etc)
If the city doesnt fix the roads and you break your suspension, you complain and are told to pound sand.
No pat downs!
road work == money into the pockets of his constituents.... and out of the mouths and wallets of his political enemies
I don't need to listen to anything that guy says, much less about our brave military.
Fine, he is in recovery from alcoholism. Good for him. But even most alcoholics, in their most drunken stupor, don't hire prostitutes to drive out to their homes in Virginia to give them blow jobs in their kitchen.
Except for Bob Beckel.
I hope she charged him ripoff rates.
One wouldn't want the Chinese to ride in on pot-holed roads and crumbling bridges when they roll in with their tanks and BTRs, would we? Wouldn't that be hazardous?
Excuse me if my memory has failed, but didn't the "shovel-ready" 3Trillion$ stimulus deal with that?
If we have to do it all over again, who the **** made off with the original funds?
More EBT cards and Obamafones, y'all!
How about chopping 20% off the welfare program and giving it to the military troops.
Active Duty ping.
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.
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?
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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...
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.
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...
“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!
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.