It’s Called Politics, Son

Posted: December 2, 2008 in Economy, Politics

Not too long ago I questioned how Obama is going to put 2.5 million people to work by employing them to rebuild bridges, roads, schools etc. when both state and local governments have been begging D.C. for a bailout. For the second time I know of, Gov. Schwarzenegger has made yet another plea for more money for–surprise, surprise– public works projects.

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

SACRAMENTO – A day after declaring a fiscal crisis in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in Philadelphia today to deliver a face-to-face plea to President-elect Barack Obama for more public-works money to help break the recession’s grip on states.

California has $26 billion in projects – from airports to roads – that are stalled until additional federal funding comes through.

Now here comes the funny part.

While he plans to encourage Obama to release dollars for long-term economic recovery projects, Schwarzenegger also made it clear that he will not be seeking a direct federal bailout to rescue California from its immediate cash crunch.

“I would never ask the federal government to help us before we have straightened out our own fiscal mess,” said Schwarzenegger, who will make a presentation to Obama on behalf of dozens of governors attending the session.

It’s called politics, son.

Here is another thing I noticed. Obama originally said that his plan would CREATE 2.5 million jobs. However as this cnn.com article pointed out, the claim was changed to SAVE or CREATE. Apparently someone took a real good look at the state of the economy.

(CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama offered an outline of his economic recovery plan Saturday, and jobs were the top priority.

American workers will rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges, modernize its schools and create more sources of alternative energy, Obama said in the weekly Democratic address, posted on his Web site.

“The plan will mean 2.5 million more jobs” by 2011, Obama said. His Web site clarified that the plan would “save or create” that many jobs.

What is funny about this is that he could actually “save” 2.49 million jobs while only “creating” .1 jobs and still be in line with his claim. A question that immediately comes to mind is “what percentage of these jobs are government jobs?” It’s a question that demands a straight answer because saving government jobs mean absolutely nothing to the majority of Americans who do not work for the government.

It’s called politics, son.

Put ice water into an expensive wine glass and folks will believe they are drinking Cristal.

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Comments
  1. melissa says:

    Wow. That was very informative and opened my eyes on the true motives of President Elect Barack Obama. But even with all the twisted truths, can you honestly say that you would have prefered Senator John McCain? Would you want a repeat of George W. Bush?

  2. Duane says:

    I think that Obama is just being himself–a politician. Let’s put aside all the issues for a minute and consider the following (this is a point I brought up in my recent radio interview). Regardless if you are a Democrat or a Republican, the following should set off some red flags.

    For 8 years, Bush has been hammered on every turn for his ties to big oil, Enron, greedy corporations, and all things that symbolize capitalism.

    One the other hand, the Obama campaign along with the rest of the media painted a picture of a campaign that was supposedly mostly funded by grass-roots initiatives and everyday people who wanted to see a “change” in Washington.

    But like Bush, Obama received significant donations from oil companies, defense contractors, Wall Street and other sources that historically were considered in the pocket of the GOP.

    The more money you get from special interests, the more favors you owe to a lot of people. The Clintons were very good with paying off favors which is why defense contractors preferred Hillary over both Obama and McCain. When Clinton dropped out, guess which candidate got the majority of their support?

    Obama.

    Cash accepted by any special interest group by any politician is a under the table IOU. And based on the simple fact that the Obama camp led the most expensive presidential campaign in American history, he is going to owe a lot of people.

    All Obama is doing is rearranging the furniture. Unfortunately between his top campaign contributors and the recycled Clinton people he picked for his cabinet, it appears the guests are simply waiting for the furniture to stop moving to find their seat. Hey, but its “change”, right?

    Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations
    Obama’s ‘Good Will’ Hunting
    Oil Industry Leans Toward McCain, But Big Producers Favor Obama
    Defense Fills Democratic Coffers
    Big Donors Among Obama’s Grass Roots

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