President Barack Obama goes to Ohio and uses the Brent Spence Bridge as an example of infrastructure that needs repairs, improvement or expansion. Rabid conservatives such as Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times, Michelle Malkin and the usual assortment of short attention span bloggers, who never ever use over generalizations, are never petty and are always accurate are having a laugh. Why, because there are no plans to repair bridge in question, even though it is carrying 170,000 vehicles a day instead of the 80,000 vehicles it was designed for. No there are plans to build another bridge to help cut the traffic on the Brent Spencer. Here is the point Obama was trying to make in the larger context,
We used to have the best infrastructure in the world here in America. We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad, the Interstate Highway System. We built the Hoover Dam. We built the Grand Central Station. So how can we now sit back and let China build the best railroads? And let Europe build the best highways? And have Singapore build a nicer airport? At a time when we’ve got millions of unemployed construction workers out there just ready to get on the job, ready to do the work to rebuilding America.
So, Cincinnati, we are better than that. We’re smarter than that. And that’s why I sent Congress the American Jobs Act 10 days ago. This bill is not that complicated. It’s a bill that would put people back to work rebuilding America — repairing our roads, repairing our bridges, repairing our schools. It would lead to jobs for concrete workers like the ones here at Hilltop; jobs for construction workers and masons, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, architects, engineers, ironworkers — put folks back to work.
So would the average American understand the fuller implications of Obama’s remarks or would they simply claim they do not support what Obama was saying because it was not very specific about expanding an old bridge or building a new one. As aware as I am of the problem America has with low information Fox News watching-Limbaugh listening voters, I still think most Americans know what he meant. That there are clearly large infrastructure projects that need to be started that would get a couple million Americans jobs. Who has opposed every Democratic measure that would have created jobs? Conservatives. Even after they publicly voiced support for infrastructure spending. They have made their priorities plain, the worse they can make Obama look, the better their electoral prospects. Main St voters of both parties are in much more agreement than the taking heads of conservative leadership - Memo To GOP Candidates: Even Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Economic Plan
And while all of the candidates have embraced corporate tax cuts as the key to job creation, it turns out that a majority of the Republican public wants to increase corporate taxes by eliminating tax deductions:
Altogether, 70 percent of the public supports eliminating these tax loopholes and 66 percent support increasing tax rates on individuals earning at least $200,000. As Gallup notes, this is the second survey that shows “the American public broadly support Obama’s jobs plan.” These candidates may win political points by bashing Obama’s economic plans, but they’ll evidently have to adopt much of his vision to win over the public.
Another item that President Obama made clear in his Ohio speech was that he was not rising taxes, but closing some loopholes and write-offs. In wing-nutlish that translates into “job killing” tax increases, which most of the media is glad to report without correction.
In Tampa, Fla., at the CNN-Tea Party Express debate, the audience cheered the idea of letting an uninsured 30-year-old man die (video) without care, greeting the idea with applause and shouts of “Yeah!”
And last night, at the Fox News-Google debate in Orlando, Fla., some audience-members booed a recently-out gay soldier stationed in Iraq who submitted a question through Google’s YouTube video-sharing site. His offense? Asking the candidates if they would circumvent the progress made for gays and lesbians in the military.
To their credit GOPProud has asked that Rick Santorum apologize for saying “Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military,” Little Ricky and the knuckle draggers who applauded him think way too much about gay sex. That is what they see in the repeal of DADT, military personnel having orgies in the streets. The same rules that govern the good conduct of military personnel still apply. These hateful homophobes need to get their weird fantasies under control. And GOPP’s request still does not excuse the entire conservative field of candidates from standing there and letting Rick and the crowd get away with their cruel and crude insults without a word of objection.
We should know tonight whether Congress is in genuinely the throes of another government shutdown fight, or whether Democrats and Republicans will figure out a way to avoid their impulses.
Instead of cutting a deal with Democrats to keep the government funded, and re-up FEMA’s disaster aid fund, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is trying to build support by dangling carrots before reluctant Republicans and whacking Democrats with sticks.
[ ]…According to a senior GOP aide, Republican leaders want to amend the bill by cutting about $100 million from the loan guarantee program that extended funds to Solyndra.
One-hundred million dollars is chump change compared to the $1.043 trillion bill they’re debating. But this particular cut allows Republicans to crow ever louder about Solyndra, and, as an ancillary benefit, attack any Democrat who votes against the CR as voting to protect the Solyndra slush fund (or whatever they’ll call it).
Half a billion in loan guarantees is not chump change. Though if you take the right-wing conservative special inflated shrill microscopic picture of this loan guarantee, sure it looks like cronyism gone wild. OK, if those are the rules – we have to let wingers make the rules, otherwise they’ll start crying - Speaker Boehner Votes with Big Oil After Taking $437k in Industry Cash
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voted against a House measure yesterday that would have cut subsidies for the largest oil companies, which would have saved taxpayers an estimated $53 million. The vote came as part of the “continuing resolution” debate aimed at averting a government shutdown as Congress and the White House negotiate the federal budget.
Speaker Boehner drew immediate criticism for his vote from two public interest organizations, Public Campaign Action Fund and the League of Conservation Voters, who noted that Boehner and his leadership PAC have received at least $437,105 in campaign cash from oil and gas industry employees and political action committees during his time in Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
So we’re all clear on the rules – a green energy project goes belly up and its a big deal. Pay offs from the fossil fuels industry in which they be the hand and John Boehner be the puppet is pure as the driven snow during the 1700s.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson brought down the house at Thursday night’s Fox News/ Google debate when he joked about how his “next-door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.”
The joke killed among the GOP faithful. But was Johnson the first to use it?
Just today, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh delivered a similar joke on air.
“My dogs have created more shovel-ready work than Obama has just this week alone,” Limbaugh said. “The new puppy. Honest to God. More shovel-ready work for me this week than Obama has created all two and a half years.”
Lucky for Limbaugh this is not 1692 or he might be getting toasted about now for lying and swearing to God about the honesty of that lie. Since he has made millions off the rubes for being a serial liar there is reason for Limbaugh, or conservatives who worship at the Temple of Stupidity, to change. They’re still lying sacks who cannot win a debate based on facts. The stimulus created and saved a combination of around million jobs – Can’t Add It Up: Fox Still Misleading On Economy, Debt, Stimulus and if the stimulus was such a failure why have conservatives tripped over their egos to get to a microphone to take credit for this ‘failed’ stimulus – REPORT: After Voting To Kill Recovery, 110 GOP Lawmakers Tout Its Success, Ask For More Money. Limbaugh and Johnson have at least one more thing in common, they think turning a lie into a joke is funny. That says all America needs to know what their level of integrity.