Let’s see: he’s planning on giving a non-primetime speech to a joint session of Congress regarding jobs creation next week, one which has already been reduced to being an idea to release a notion of a plan over the next few months (in between campaign fundraisers). We have the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 coming up in two Sundays (he did use a previous WA to discuss coming together for 9/11). We just received a jobs report which showed no jobs created in August. Consumer confidence is dropping like a stone. Most people think we’re in recession. People are still recovering from Irene. And so many other problems. So, what does he use his Labor Day weekend address for?
President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Congress to pass a clean extension of the transportation bill, warning of economic calamity in the failure of its passage.
“This would put a stop to highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems and other important projects that keep our country moving quickly and safely,” Obama said in his weekly address.
The current Surface Transportation Bill, which is critical for the maintenance of the nation’s highway system, is set to expire at the end of September.
But Congressional Republicans and Democrats are strongly divided over both the cost and duration of any extension.
So, no more painting bridges, re-fixing the same potholes, and scraping rust off of railroad tracks? Didn’t we just spend hundreds of billions via the Stimulus act on this? And, if Obama wants to avoid economic calamity, well, a) too late, thanks to Democrat policies, and b) he could avoid future calamity and just resign.
The Republican response focuses on telling Obama he should sign a balanced budget amendment. Yeah, that’ll happen. It would limit Obama’s spending ability.
Fortunately, Obama is going to spend the next few days working on jobs….oh, sorry, he’s taking today off, spending the time at Camp David. On Sunday, he flies to New Jersey for some photo ops in the midst of Irene damage for an hour or so, then heads back to Camp David, and has nothing on the schedule for Monday, Labor Day.