September 6th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama pushes infrastructure spending to spur growth

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled on Monday a $50 billion plan to renew the country's transportation infrastructure, create jobs and spark economic growth.

His address is the first of two speeches the president plans to make this week in an attempt to frame his administration's response to the recession, less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are in jeopardy.

"Today, I am announcing a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America's roads, and rails and runways for the long term," said Obama, who spoke on Labor Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - a state that has extremely competitive gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. "I want America to have the best infrastructure in the world."

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  1. Anonymous

    I thought infrastructure (highways etc) was one of the big ticket items in the previous stimulus package. So what is so "new" about this economic plan? Odumba is clueless!

    September 6, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Dave, CA

    Margarett/Boise. Idaho and others, you all are blind and you do not know. We have most in-experienced President in the office who was a community organizer. Also he got into Harvard on racial/minority grounds. he does not deserve to be there. Democrats in power since 2006 so no need to blame George Bush. You should blame democrats, Barack Obama and yourselves because you voted for them. Get a life.

    September 6, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Senior N.C.

    Hey Seniors–Obama promised that seniors would not have to pay federal taxes if he got elected. Liar, Liar. Lets not forget about that.

    September 6, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. AndyBlue

    Go Obama, Go Obama!!!

    I don't know anyone who isn't sick of the Tea partier, Fox News Republican, white christian hate fest that hate been going on the past year and a half.

    For that reason I wont vote for any republicans or republicans who call themselves independents.

    The racism and witch hunts are just disgraceful in this day and age whether it be Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, gays or women getting abortions.

    Like I said.... Disgraceful.

    September 6, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Hey Bozer! More of your reckless spending of taxpayer money won't create jobs! What happened to all your so-called shovel-ready jobs your ridiculous Stimulous Plan was to provide? Bow wow!

    September 6, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. leon pa

    that's the way Mr PRESIDENT

    September 6, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. B.H.

    Since President Obama has been in office the lives of all Americans have improved, and a near catastrophy was averted. The economy won't come back in a 1 or 2 years. It will improve slowly. After 8 years of GOP rule, a lot of damage was done. Everybody knows the GOP has done nothing to help this great country but dig it into a hole. The latest GOP ploy is to do away with public education so only well-to-do people have access to education. President Obama is is helping the middle class to thrive again. He is not egotiscal. He is not self-centered. He does not blame others. I guess my question to the naysayers is—What has the GOP done to help America out of this economic crisis? Never mind that they started it. I mean, istead of just saying NO. Think hard. Nothing?

    September 6, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Renea

    Mr. President they are already fighting against you even as you speak just as they did all the times before.

    September 6, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. cjr

    I hope obama dumps this country! let's give what is left after bush over to the G0P and the watch them continue their mission to destroy. this country is beyond sick- raicist, – old white guys screaming . obama has much better things to do and they don't include being president. and I have a visa. so I can go back home= thanks for the education but staying here no thanks- it's over- get out while you can! it's over and not worth saving! ta

    September 6, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Hugo

    Typical LIFER Bureaucrat thought process... Re-building infrastructure does not create commerce, sure it will provide some jobs for the illegals in the construction industries however it will not do one thing for creating commerce to create jobs to bolster our sputtering economy. If President Obama and his liberal minions were serious about getting the economy to go, they would enact some time sensitive environmental, banking and insurance deregulation to make it possible and inviting to small businessmen to invest and create small businesses that create commerce that in turn create jobs. That along with reigning in the lawyers through tort law reform may once again make our society worth investing in. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH, SOMEONE ALWAYS PAYS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, the taxpaying American citizen has just been to stupid and too lackadaisical to see that we have been picking up the tab for a long time.

    September 6, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. (D) frank smith

    obama JUST DONT HEAR US AND HE AND nancy and harry should keep there mouths shut and listen once

    September 6, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. O'Bomber

    We need to keep changing until we are like Europe (second-rate); that's why we need to keep spending as spending/spending/spending ends our suffering and ruin quicker. And didn't you know the first lady has learned how to grow money trees in the white house garden?

    September 6, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. (D) frank smith

    and by the way rich should leave to he talks to much

    September 6, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    I would much rather spend money on infrastructure projects than extending the Bush tax cuts.

    Infrastructure employs people and creates/repairs buildings, roads, schools and other public works that benefit our country as a whole.

    Tax cuts for the wealthy result in job creation overseas, where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    Infrastructure Investment = Yes
    Tax cuts for the wealthy = No

    September 6, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Unbelievable

    Poor Mr. Obama. Now he has an idea how Bush was treated by OBO's Demo friends.

    September 6, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Midwest

    Don't blame me for spending your money!

    They started it!

    They overspent too!

    I'm just a man with a dream and your checkbook.

    I've never had a "paycheck" type job, no I've never had to study economic theory, I was a Poli-Sci major and went on to Harvard Law under a scholarship, but don't you worry I've got some college educated economists who assure me.... well not they've never had a "paycheck" type job either.... but what does that have to do with anything? I know the American People better than they know themselves.

    (I'll refinance just this once, then I promise I'll get better spending habits)

    Ok, Ok, I'll spend less next term.

    "Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time...... he told a crowd largely consisting of union members.

    Stick with me "boys" and I'll make you Union Stewards of Stimulus Dollars! Its the road to the promise land, paved in debt for generations to come.

    Big Banks, Big Corporate CEO's, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Unions, etc.... Big Damn Deal

    Same speech just a different suit

    September 6, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. jim

    Does he just want us to forget how least sucessful he's been over the last 19 months to fix the economy.Why after all these months has he decided there might be a problem with the economy?Coulde it be that the Nov. elections are a part of his decision to actually spend a little time talking about what's on people's minds.Or is it a game of deception being played by this president until after mid term elections when he will go back to his plan to remake America into a socialist utopia.

    September 6, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Bob Ramos

    President Obama has to face one basic fact. Until after the 11/2010, the Repubs will oppose every thing he proposes in a bid to deny the Democrats anything that they can take partial/full credit for. Must pass bills such as Afghan funding will pass but nothing else.

    September 6, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. NH vet

    This president must have a wife you handles the household expenses.,he spends like a drunken sailor. However his own finances ballance ,if my sources are correct. Maybe it's because
    we subsidize them as well.

    September 6, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. kelly

    I thought we had elected a president of the United States , not some crybaby !!!!

    September 6, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. beevee

    It is never too late to bring the voters back to his side for President Obama. He should go on the offensive and paint the GOP as a party that serves only the rich at the expense of the middle class and th enot so fortunate. He should also paint them as the party that dumps the people who voted for him,except the rich, once the elcetions are over. If he does not do it vigorously the political balance will tip in favor of the GOP.

    September 6, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Auto worker

    People be careful what you ask for like get goverment out of our life let see give SS to wall street we don't need medi care because every body can buy health insurance with out the govt help if you are not employed go on welfare oh no that govt help . everybody should have 401K or a good saving account. I like this

    September 6, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    I was wrong, i admit it. i've been comparing our country's situation to a fire and Obama to the fireman. but it's not an ordinary fire, it's more like a tire fire that may just have to burn itself out before things get better. I'm praying the American people don't forget who set this fire. the republicans and the totally inept Bush 'administration' got us into this mess and they're doing everything they can to stop the Democrats from fixing it. sorry all you Bush apologists, this is history, and all the whining about 'blaming Bush' won't change it.

    Don't get mad at the fire chief and his crew, be mad at the arsonists who set this economy ablaze!!! don't turn the country back over to the arsonists!

    September 6, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. jim

    Just remember Obama is a millionaire and he's not worried about how much damage he does to the country. He'll be ok !!!

    September 6, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Lets define the line between treason and opposition and hold people like Keith responsible for their actions..

    September 6, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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