September 6th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
4 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. Gerry NH

    Infrastructure jobs for the most part are seasonal. You can't work 5 to 7 months a year and make ends meet.

    If republicans are for the rich who is the unions and George Soros supporting. Union member are over paid and their benefits are really to high. The unions will be exempt from the Obamahealthcare plan also.

    September 6, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Stephen

    Mr. Obama is the first president in American history to place the interests of a foreign country (Mexico) and foreign scofflaws (illegal immigrants) above the interests of law abiding citizens of the United States.

    It is a complete and dishonest farce for Mr. Obama to talk about 'creating American jobs' when China openly wages economic war against the United States and enjoys a trade surplus measured in TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS based on the export of American jobs to China by US corporations, with the continued blessing of a Democratic congress.

    I voted for this guy. Fooled me once. You are on your own Obama.

    September 6, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. b. o. stinks

    hmmmm really helping out the unions huh barry boi where are all the jobs you promised, fool? big government is not the solution it is the problem get out of the way and go ORGANize a block party for your union and other special interest groups george sorros wants you little lap dog

    September 6, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Andrew

    My only criticism... Why did we have to wait SOOOO long for this. Pres. Obama needs to stop pandering to the extremist right wing in this country. You can't compromise everything AND be progressive. Otherwise, You've compromised everything.
    Infrastructure improvement and expansion is one of America's greatest needs. It's embarassing when you compare America... supposedly the most powerful nation in the world to Europe and Japan in terms of infrastructure.

    September 6, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Fan of Common Sense

    SHEAR STUPIDITY!! Governments do no create prosperity.....only the private sector can do that. What was economic effect of the 800 billion dollars the democrats threw down the sewer last year? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! THIS MORON NEVER LEARNS!

    September 6, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. King

    Repugs cry about big government and their programs, but they cut 100,000 census job they hollerd the economy is loosing jobs. They think they can cut goveroent and dont cut thousands of jobs. They talk about cutting spending and tax to ballance the budget, are they crazy? how theyre going to cut revenue to the government and expect them to function and pay their bill in a recessin.

    September 6, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. cobra

    Do not believe anything bozo says, he is a perpetual liar!!

    September 6, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. King

    THe repugs want to give big business less tax and less regulation because they think big business have morality. Money is the root of all evil as soon as you free them up, they are taking their factories to china where they can make million instead of staying here and make scraps. Millions of americans will be out of jobs and with less money going to the goverment because the tax cuts there wont be no money for the out of work people. The rich would live like the ancient time aristocrats and the middle class and poor would live like peasants.

    September 6, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. W l jones

    I guarntee nobody going to give up $350 billion over the next six years of economy activity. Give the Democratic credit they know how to prime the economy in order create job and get this economy back on tract.

    September 6, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Granny Griper

    Hey guess what let them ole republicans win some seats this november and guess what come 2012 everyone will have had enough of them and guess who will win then, HAHAHAHAH

    September 6, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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