The states are deciding how to spend some of the stimulus money. The money that Republicans continue to characterize as pork, Stimulus Spurs Road Projects, Big and Small
The work, however mundane much of it is, cannot come too soon for a construction industry buffeted by an unemployment rate that has risen to twice the national average as many states cut back on building. Mike Gibson, the executive director of Associated Contractors of New Mexico, a trade group, said his state had lost 4,500 highway construction jobs in the last year.
“We have lost the equivalent of a plant closure,” Mr. Gibson said. “When you lose 10 jobs here, 100 jobs here, it adds up very quickly.”
That figure for the loss of construction jobs in one state is one reason the Tea Revulters ( financed by multi-million dollar Republican astroturfers) will never gain more traction then the crowd that is already convinced that anything President Obama does is bad for the country. Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession
Unlike the last two recessions — earlier this decade and in the early 1990s — this one is causing much more job loss among the less educated than among college graduates. Those earlier recessions introduced the country to the concept of mass white-collar layoffs. The brunt of the layoffs in this recession is falling on construction workers, hotel workers, retail workers and others without a four-year degree.
The Great Recession of 2008 (and beyond) is hurting men more than women. It is hurting homeowners and investors more than renters or retirees who rely on Social Security checks. It is hurting Latinos more than any other ethnic group. A year ago, a greater share of Latinos held jobs than whites. Today, the two have switched places.
The Right wants these people to believe the loss of their job and possibly their home is their fault.
Met with Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack from Riverside County’s Coachella Valley. While a social moderate, Sonny Bono’s widow is a solid conservative. Talked to her about Obama’s $780 billion stimulus legislation. She’s outraged that the plan has “$1 billion wasted on a magnetic-levitation train from L.A. to Sin City” – all at Nevada Sen. Harry Reid’s doing.
After expressing my doubt that the Las Vegas line was actually in the bill’s language, Bono Mack directs her staff to “get him the bill, it’s right there, show him.” A few minutes later, a staffer emerges with a copy and quietly says “it’s not in the bill.”
And from the ‘fair and balanced’ network,
KELLY: It’s a super railroad, of sorts — a line that will deliver customers straight from Disney, we kid you not, to the doorstep of the moonlight bunny ranch brothel in Nevada. I say, to the moonlight Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. So should your tax dollars be paying for these kinds of projects? […]
One can understand Fox spewing forth yet another urban legend passed off as fact. Why is a Republican Congrss critter, with a reputation as being a cultural moderate no less, reguristating what she hears from the right-wing noise machine rather then actually reading the bill.
I can’t find the link at the moment, but one Democratic writer that I like suggested that its a mistake to put so much attention on Rush Limbaugh as the head of the Republican Party. That might be in the sense Limbaugh doesn’t hold elected office and despite all of his and his supporters claims to power, the 2000 election in which Al Gore won the majority of the popular vote, the Democrat’s 2006 and 2008 victories – Limbaugh’s power is pretty much confined to those that have already converted to the cause. Then it is possible to multi-task and include Republicans in power like Republican House Leader John Boehner and one of the worse hypocrites to ever collect a tax payer salary, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky or as some like to call him – Mr. Earmark. Since any Republican that criticizes Limbie have to go to Re-Education camp its interesting to take a look back at the history of the asshat that exercises so much control over the Republican party, This is “a great leader for conservatives”?
* In a January 22 interview on Fox News’ Hannity, Limbaugh said of media coverage of Obama: “We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president.” Limbaugh had previously declared in June 2008 that Obama’s “only chance of winning” the presidency “is that he’s black.” During the 2008 presidential campaign, Limbaugh also called Obama “an affirmative action candidate” and asserted during the May 14, 2008, broadcast of his show, “If Barack Obama were Caucasian, they would have taken this guy out on the basis of pure ignorance long ago.”
* Limbaugh has repeatedly invoked right-wing conspiracy theories that the Clintons were involved in the death of then-deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, whose body was found in Northern Virginia’s Fort Marcy Park on July 20, 1993, despite multiple official investigations that determined Foster committed suicide. On July 8, 2008, while discussing reports that a plane carrying then-Sen. Obama had been forced to make an emergency landing in St. Louis, Limbaugh referred to Obama’s flight “aboard Fort Marcy Airlines.” Limbaugh later commented on a “conspiracy theory” that “Mrs. [Hillary] Clinton, through Mr. [Terry] McAuliffe, is gonna massage things out in Denver so that [Obama] doesn’t get the nomination.” He added: “You couple this with Obama’s plane, Fort Marcy Airlines, having to take a detour to St. Louis for a mechanical problem.”
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