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  • Pelosi: Trump ‘Has No Jobs Bill’; 'They've Done Nothing'

    02/27/2017 7:56:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 27, 2017 | 8:08 AM EST | Susan Jones
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed President Obama’s stimulus program on Sunday, telling ABC’s “This Week” that within one month of Obama’s inauguration, “he signed a bill which saved or created 4 million jobs.” Pelosi invoked the controversial $832-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to unfavorably compare President Donald Trump to former President Obama at the one-month mark: “What has the Trump administration done from their inaugural address, where they talked about decay and carnage? They've done nothing except put Wall Street first, make America sick again, instill fear in our immigrant population in our country, and make sure...
  • Job totals trail pre-recession levels in 10 US states

    03/25/2016 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2016 12:18 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains. […] Wyoming had 3 percent fewer jobs last month than it did in December 2007, when the recession began, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the biggest percentage decline among the states. Alabama's job total trails its pre-recession level by 2.7 percent, followed by New Mexico, where job totals are 2.6 percent lower. Some larger states are also still behind. New Jersey has nearly 1 percent...
  • Obama in Florida will tout benefits of economic stimulus

    02/26/2016 7:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2016 10:35 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama is heading to Florida to tout the benefits of the massive economic stimulus bill he signed shortly after taking office seven years ago. Obama pumped more than $760 billion into a then-slumping economy beginning in early 2009 in a frantic effort to halt the worst economic downturn in generations. It was an unsettling period for many Americans as hundreds of thousands of jobs disappeared, unemployment climbed into double digits and home values plummeted. Obama will argue during a stop in Jacksonville on Friday that the country is on a more solid footing because of this and other...
  • Democratic Congressional Staffer Arrested After Beating Gay Lover With Shovel

    10/13/2015 6:49:28 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 68 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/2015 | Blake Neff
    Police arrested a congressional staffer to Democratic Rep. Sander Levin Oct. 8 following a bizarre altercation where he attacked a lover with a shovel. According to a police report, Tim Foster assaulted a black man described as his boyfriend with a small red and black shovel, leaving the man so badly injured that he was hospitalized with scrapes and bruises across his neck and torso, Roll Call reported Tuesday. The dispute began at about 12:30 a.m., with the two getting into an argument at a house in Baltimore which soon escalated to physical violence on Foster’s part, according to Roll...

    05/29/2015 5:47:11 AM PDT · by tellw · 117 replies
    AP ^ | 5/29/2015 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated. The Commerce Department says the overall economy as measured by the gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the January-March period. The revised figure, even weaker than the government's initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate, reflects a bigger trade gap and slower consumer spending. It marked the first decline since a 2.1 percent contraction in the first three months of...
  • Wis. Business Owner Upset Over ‘Right-To-Work’ Expanding in Minn.

    03/11/2015 4:55:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | March 10, 2015 9:31 AM
    A Wisconsin business owner upset over enactment of a right-to-work law and other policies says he is expanding in Minnesota because the economic policies there are more conducive for his operation. James Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls, said Monday that he was accelerating plans to expand an office in Lakeville, Minnesota, that currently has two full-time employees. […] Hoffman says the decision is based on business, not politics. …
  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 12:38:37 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 113 replies
    Verge ^ | 2-24-2015 | Kwame Opam
    Nearly two weeks after Congress approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has officially vetoed the bill calling for its construction. The decision follows a clear statement from the White House last month saying the president would not sign the bill into law if Congress, currently controlled by Republican lawmakers, passed it.
  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    01/29/2015 6:14:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2015 8:14 PM EST | Josh Lederman and Andrew Taylor
    Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama’s proposed $74 billion in added spending—about 7 percent—would be split about evenly between defense programs and the domestic side of the budget. Although he’s sought before to reverse the “sequester” spending cuts, Obama’s pitch in this year’s budget comes with the added oomph of an improving economy and big recent declines in federal deficits. Taking a defiant tone,...
  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

    12/19/2014 6:20:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 2:27 PM EST
    President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the “devil is in the details.” He says the tax system needs to be simpler and fairer. He says some corporations engage in tax avoidance while others pay full freight. He also says he would like to combine tax changes with money for capital works projects. …
  • Shovel-ready: Stimulus funds still being spent on manure project

    12/09/2014 1:45:21 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 12/9/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Almost six years after the passage of the stimulus package, taxpayer dollars have finally found their way into a shovel ready project: $60,000 to haul horse manure. Sold as an opportunity to bring America into the “21st century,” the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus, is now being used to remove wild horse manure off of public lands.
  • Obama post election press conference

    11/05/2014 12:09:53 PM PST · by Dog · 305 replies
    TV | 11-5-14 | Dog
    Didn't see a live here you go.
  • White House: Those bridges we promised to fix back in 2009 are totally falling apart

    07/15/2014 2:03:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7/15/14 | Twitchy Staff
    Five years ago, Democrats spent $700 billion on “fiscal stimulus,” much of which was supposed to consist of “public-works projects to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.”
  • WH: 'Retrofitting Buildings...Is One Way to Create Jobs'

    05/08/2014 8:28:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/8/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - As job growth lags in the sluggish economic recovery, the Obama White House is pointing to climate change policies as a fix: Efforts to reduce carbon pollution, far from costing jobs, will create them, a White House spokesman told reporters on Wednesday: "Retrofitting buildings and modernizing them is one way to create jobs," Josh Earnest said. "It saves companies money in terms of their energy costs, but it also creates jobs in terms of people who are installing updated lighting, modern heating and cooling systems, and other things that make buildings more efficient." Earnest noted that President Obama...
  • Millennials discover the reality of liberal government

    03/29/2014 11:27:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:13 PM 03/28/2014 | Salvator La Mastra
    When you get what you want, you find out it’s not what you need. That is what Millennials are experiencing right now as the liberal program they voted for in 2008 and 2012 is being implemented. […] Millennials are now seeing an America they cannot thrive in. The trillion-dollar stimulus and out of control government spending ushered in by liberal politicians produced few shovel ready jobs, while leaving per capita debt at $52,948. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2013 labor force participation rate of those in their twenties has hit the lowest level on record since 1981....
  • Massive blaze burning at residential building under construction in Montrose (Houston)

    03/25/2014 11:13:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 29 replies
    KPRC - TV Houston ^ | March 25 | Matt Aufdenspring
    A huge fire is burning at a residential building under construction in the Montrose area. The blaze is happening at West Dallas and Marconi. A large portion of the building is on fire. Flames and smoke can be seen from miles away. Firefighter have called for a 4th alarm.
  • (Pontifex Maximus ... NOT!) Kim Jong Un Building 'Mini World' with Replica Big Ben & Eiffel Tower

    04/29/2013 6:53:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | THE SUN
    Kim Jong Un building 'mini world' with replica Big Ben and Eiffel Tower Chubby tyrant Kim Jong Un is building a “miniature world” in North Korea – with a replica of London's Big Ben at its heart. The dictator is set to open the theme park in capital Pyongyang – and has included the iconic clock tower. The new attraction, which opens this year, will also boast a copy of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The secretive state famously doesn’t allow its citizens to leave the country – so it appears Jong Un has decided to bring the world to his people....
  • Official White House Petition: Secure Resources & Funding & Begin Construction of a Death Star

    12/05/2012 7:41:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies ^ | Created: Nov 14, 2012 |
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
  • Welcome To 1933: A Forecast For Infrastructure

    11/12/2012 9:50:23 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    Daily Resource Hunter ^ | 11-12-2012 | Matt Insley
    Welcome To 1933: A Forecast For Infrastructure Nov 12th, 2012 Matt Insley Thank goodness I’m heading to the dentist, I thought to myself last week. Not often that happens, eh? I just received a call from a co-worker, that my morning commute was set for a hellish twist. What was normally a quick 20-30 minute commute was set to take over an hour and a half! Luckily, though, I wasn’t heading in to the office until later that day so the commute from hell was avoided. The reason for the delay, however, is sparking a new resource trend I want...
  • 21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

    09/21/2012 11:53:24 PM PDT · by LucyT · 52 replies
    TheEconomicCollapse ^ | September 21, 2012 | Staff
    You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic...
  • DNC Erecting Creepy Giant Obama Sculpture

    09/01/2012 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 357 replies ^ | Aug 31st, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget the marble pillars, this time there will be a giant 16-foot sculpture of Obama made out of 15.5 tons of sand at the Democratic National Convention. Building a giant sand sculpture of a living leader might be considered a bit tacky with its worshipful implications, but building one during a hurricane in South Carolina is in particularly bad taste. But if nothing else, at least Obama has found one “Shovel Ready Project”. And this isn’t even the creepiest giant Obama sand sculpture ever made. The winner of that particular competition is still Sudarsan Pattnaik with this nightmare made...
  • Tombstone readies picks and shovels

    06/07/2012 3:00:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    TOMBSTONE — The City of Tombstone is embroiled in another dynamic showdown. The “Town too Tough to Die” is now squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service in what could be the fight of its life, a battle over water rights. On Friday and Saturday, a group called the Shovel Brigade will gather in Tombstone and head to the Huachuca Mountains to make repairs to the city’s waterline, which was damaged by mudslides and boulders after last summer’s Monument Fire flooding. While the 26-mile waterline — fed by springs in the Huachuca Mountains — has been Tombstone’s main water source...
  • It Would Cost $852 Quadrillion Dollars to Build a Real Death Star (Almost the U.S. National Debt!)

    02/20/2012 7:23:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    It would cost $852 quadrillion dollars to build a real Death Star That's 852 with 15 zeros following it. I know, that figure is insane. You know what that means. It means Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were rolling in the money like filthy rich rappers. I guess ruling the Galactic Empire isn't so terrible when you're ballin'. Finally putting some questions to rest, the smart folk over at Centives calculated how much iron it would take to build the planet-destroying space station and even figured out how long it would take to build. Here's the reality-check breakdown: • Based...
  • Wife stops moose stomping with shovel

    01/23/2012 11:25:51 AM PST · by Rio · 36 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2012 | LISA DEMER
    An agitated moose ran down and stomped a well-known Bush pilot from Willow, but he was saved when his wife grabbed a shovel from their pickup truck and whacked the big animal until it backed off.
  • Obama Blocks The Biggest Shovel-Ready Project Ever

    12/11/2011 12:17:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 11, 2011 | IBD staff
    Jobs: The president says that extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut will create more jobs than an oil pipeline from Canada. There are at least 20,000 members of the 99% who would disagree. You can see why the economy is in trouble. Vice President Joe Biden, the stimulus sheriff, says he turned first to MF Global's Jon Corzine for economic advice and President Obama thinks 20,000 people getting extended unemployment benefits does more for the economy than 20,000 people getting paychecks to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. In the president's view, extending the payroll tax cuts...
  • Keystone Cop-Out (Obama punts on more than 20,000 shovel-ready jobs.)

    11/10/2011 6:05:51 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, November 11, 2011
    President Obama used to be fond of "shovel-ready projects." He's also demanding that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately because 9% unemployment is a crisis, and, by the way, he's for making the U.S. less reliant on energy from tyrants. So how about putting 20,000 Americans to work on a North American energy project that's as shovel-ready as they come? Sorry, Mr. Obama is voting present. The $7 billion project is TransCanada's Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile underground pipeline that would deliver 830,000 barrels of heavy crude oil a day from Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada filed an...
  • Obama: "We Have Lost Our Ambition, Our Imagination"

    10/26/2011 6:12:46 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 77 replies
    RCP ^ | October 26, 2011 | Maobama
    Obama: "We Have Lost Our Ambition, Our Imagination" "We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge," President Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Tuesday.
  • Shovel Ready Means Never Ready

    10/18/2011 1:48:16 PM PDT · by Mary Robinson
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 18, 2011 | Jerome Stocks
    We hear a lot these days about the need for “shovel ready jobs” and the lack of them, as well as the “do-nothing Congress”. For those who want answers, not excuses, let’s visit some of the places where job preventers work.
  • Obama Attacks Cantor Over Jobs Bill

    10/05/2011 1:07:04 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/4/2011 | Matt Cover
    ( – President Barack Obama, in a speech to supporters in Dallas, Texas, today attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), challenging the conservative lawmaker to come to Texas and tell the president what he did not like about the $447-billion American Jobs Act. “Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives,” Obama said in prepared remarks released by the White House. “I'd like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he...
  • 'Sorry you lost your job': Greeting card company makes new line of sympathy cards

    09/27/2011 2:56:12 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/27/11 | Meghan Keneally
    Rather than just getting a Hallmark greeting card on a birthday or any old generic calendar holiday, the company is aiming to bring some encouragement to the masses of unemployed right when they need it most. The greeting card giant created a line of sympathy cards that targets people who recently lost their jobs. With the national unemployment rate staying steady at nine per cent, the company thought there was an untapped audience. 'People in times of need with always need to connect,' said Hallmark's creative director Derek McCracken to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. 'When the consumers have...
  • Manure Spill Over Mile Long Closes Md. Road

    09/20/2011 12:01:18 AM PDT · by BerryDingle · 33 replies
    AP/ NBC Washington ^ | Sept 19, 2011 | NBC Washington
    Investigators said they are still searching for the source of the manure.
  • Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of long-term deficit package

    09/18/2011 9:08:22 PM PDT · by mylife · 103 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials. The president on Monday will announce a proposal that includes repeal of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers, nearly $250 billion in reductions in Medicare spending, $330 billion in cuts in other mandatory benefit programs, and savings of $1 trillion from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said. The plan includes no changes in Social Security and does not include an...
  • Biden Dispatched to Clean Up The Only Shovel Ready Project Ever Created

    09/17/2011 12:32:16 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-17-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • House GOP pledges speedy review of job proposals

    09/09/2011 5:37:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/9/2011 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unexpectedly pledged an immediate review of President Barack Obama's jobs proposals on Friday as he launched a public campaign for urgent passage of his day-old $447 billion program of tax cuts and new spending. "The time for gridlock and games is over," the president declared. "Nothing radical in this bill," Obama told a large crowd at the University of Richmond on the afternoon after his dramatic speech to Congress. "Everything in it will put more people back to work and more money back in the pockets of those who are working. Everything in it will...
  • Texas Gives Obama Something to Shovel!

    09/02/2011 9:27:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 2, 2011 | Michael Ramirez
  • Obama Outsmarts Himself on Speech

    09/01/2011 9:06:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 1, 2011 | Chris Stirewalt
    Team Obama Trips on its Shoelaces Before Fall Campaign Kickoff “It's been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on. I know that you're frustrated by that. I am, too.” -- President Obama in an email to political supporters asking them to watch his speech on the economy next week. Maybe House Speaker John Boehner did President Obama a favor by rebuffing his request to give an economic speech to a joint session of Congress at the same time as a long-scheduled Republican presidential debate. The most notable prior occasion...
  • Bankrupt solar company with fed backing has cozy ties to Obama admin

    09/01/2011 11:09:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/1/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    A solar energy company that intends to file bankruptcy received $535 million in backing from the federal government and has a cozy history with Democrats and the Obama administration, campaign finance records show. Shareholders and executives of Solyndra, a green energy company producing solar panels, fundraised for and donated to the Obama administration to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser, a key Obama backer who raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for the president’s election campaign, is one of Solyndra’s primary investors. Kaiser himself donated $53,500 to Obama’s 2008 election campaign, split between the DSCC...
  • North Austin bike trail unbuilt two years after getting stimulus grant (why we're tanking)

    08/09/2011 11:06:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 1, 2011 | Marty Toohey
    Shovel ready, it turns out, doesn't always mean shovel ready. In the first year of the Obama administration, the federal government awarded Austin a $1.9 million stimulus grant for a project the city called "shovel ready": a 3.2-mile concrete bicycle trail along the northern portion of Walnut Creek in North Austin. More than two years later, there is only a clear-cut, 20-foot-wide swath, along with some partially buried metal rods and concrete along the creek. Work has stopped and will not resume anytime soon. The city, after fearing it would lose the federal money, is starting over. Oversight of the...
  • Green, Shovel-Ready Stimulus — 100 Years Ago

    07/21/2011 5:53:47 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/21/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There was a time when our nation was capable of large, visionary construction projects.Huntington Lake, Calif. — Our politicians love soaring platitudes followed by little, if any, action. The more Americans are promised shovel-ready stimulus projects, new sources of power, and other fantasies, the more we accept that bureaucracy, regulations, lawsuits, and impact statements will prevent much from ever being done. The president himself, after demanding nearly a trillion dollars in borrowed money for his budget, confessed that his “shovel-ready” projects had proved not so shovel-ready after all. Much of the vast sum of borrowed money instead went to subsidize...
  • The Stimulation Of Murder

    07/08/2011 6:06:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: The ATF's gun-running disaster was funded in the stimulus bill. Think about all the criminal and drug cartel jobs saved or created. And our attorney general once bragged to a Mexican audience about implementing it. This could be, no pun intended, the proverbial smoking gun in a growing administration scandal that deserves as much mainstream media attention as Iran-Contra or Watergate. Right there in the stimulus bill that no one in Congress bothered to read is $10 million for Project Gunrunner (aka Operation Fast and Furious), which resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and increased...
  • Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

    06/24/2011 9:42:39 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 72 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6/23/2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Geithner’s explanation of the administration's small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009. “Overwhelmingly, the businesses back home and across the country continue to tell us that regulation, lack of access to capital, taxation, fear of taxation, and just the overwhelming uncertainties that our businesses face is keeping them from hiring,” Ellmers told Geithner. “They just simply cannot.” She then challenged Geithner on...
  • Obama Jokes at Jobs Council: 'Shovel-Ready Was Not as Shovel-Ready as We Expected'

    06/13/2011 2:09:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2011
    <p>President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met today in Durham, NC at Cree Inc., a company that manufactures energy-efficient LED lighting.</p>
  • Obama's Shovel Ready Election

    11/06/2010 1:04:01 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-5-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
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  • Shovel-Ready White Elephants (Face it, this country cannot build things the way it used to)

    10/20/2010 6:34:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It took 410 days to build the Empire State Building, four years to erect the Golden Gate Bridge. The Pentagon took a year and a half, the Alaska Highway just nine months. These days it takes longer to build an overpass. For instance, planning for Boston’s “Big Dig” officially began in the early 1980s with a budget of $2.6 billion, but ground wasn’t broken until 1991 and the last ramp wasn’t opened until 2006. The final estimated cost: $22 billion. According to the Boston Globe, it won’t be paid off until 2038. Meanwhile, the “race” to rebuild the World Trade...
  • Obama’s New Deal: The Same Old Raw Deal

    10/19/2010 5:40:26 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 10/19/2010 | Chris Bounds
    On May 9, 1939, these words scolding the failure of FDR’s New Deal echoed the room of the House Ways and Means Committee: We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot!...
  • Tales from 57 States: His Obamaness Casts Out the Shovels

    10/18/2010 7:49:18 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2010 | Lee Cary
    In the 2nd year of the reign of His Obamaness as POTUS of the 57 States, the time of the bi-quadrennial joust between the Elephant and Donkey Clans loomed on the horizon. The Donkey Clan was sorely afraid that the lumbering pachyderms would best them in the joust, for it seemed the Donkeys had lost much favor with the People of the Realm. And so it was that His Obamaness, Lady Obamaness, and Joe the Court Jester traveled throughout the towns and villages of the Realm delivering accusations against the Elephant Clan. His Obamaness said that the Merchant & Peddler...
  • Tax, Spend, and Shovel

    10/17/2010 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Vasilli22 · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/15/2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Back in early 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was asked on Meet the Press how quickly he could create jobs. Oh, very fast, he said. He’d already consulted with a gaggle of governors, and “all of them have projects that are shovel-ready.” When Obama revealed the members of his energy team, he explained that they were part of his effort to get started on “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” When he unveiled his education secretary, he assured everyone that he was going to get started “helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects.” In interviews, job summits, and press conferences,...
  • Obama: No shame over shovel-ready sham

    10/17/2010 1:08:31 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 46 replies
    The Boston Herald (online) ^ | Sunday, October 17, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Back in early 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was asked on “Meet the Press” how quickly he could create jobs. Oh, very fast, he said. He’d already consulted with a gaggle of governors, and “all of them have projects that are shovel-ready.” When Obama revealed the members of his energy team, he explained that they were part of his effort to get started on “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” When he unveiled his education secretary, he assured everyone that he was going to get started “helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects.” In interviews, job summits and press conferences,...
  • Brooks: Obama Told Me "Shovel-Ready" Jobs Don't Exist Last Year

    10/16/2010 12:06:55 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    DAVID BROOKS, NYT: Yes. Well, I shouldn’t have confessed this. He said this to me off the record about a year ago. But it hasn’t… JIM LEHRER: Off the record? So, then you can’t talk about it. DAVID BROOKS: Yes, because Peter Baker is a better than I am, because I couldn’t get him to go on the record with that thing. JIM LEHRER: He said this to you a year ago? DAVID BROOKS: It was obvious. I mean, you are trying to build a stimulus package. And when they were trying to build it, believe me, they would have...
  • Reid: Shovel-Ready

    10/15/2010 7:20:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Investiors Business Daily staff
    Election '10: The future debated the past in Nevada on Thursday night, with the Tea Party's Sharron Angle demonstrating why the Democrats will no longer be the majority and Harry Reid will no longer be their leader. It was no easy task for Sen. Harry Reid to stand up there and try to explain why he deserved re-election as senator from a state with 14% unemployment and a foreclosure rate five times the national average. If the policies of an administration whose legislation he quarterbacked through the Senate were working, it is certainly not evident in Nevada. This time around,...
  • ‘No such thing as shovel-ready projects’: the political suicide of President Obama

    10/15/2010 2:27:38 PM PDT · by FTJM · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Liberals sit down with the New York Times the way Catholics enter the confessional: To make a clean breast of their sins and to ask for absolution. Except that the Gray Lady offers no promise of confidentiality. President Obama has given an interview to the Times Magazine that will appear in full next Sunday. Already, however, his quoted remarks are causing a political earthquake. He confesses that he did not realize there was “no such thing as a shovel-ready project” when he asked the country to borrow $787 billion — mostly from the Chinese — in a vain attempt to...