The President pitches a $50 billion jobs plan, and accuses Republicans of being obstructionists.
Speaking in Wisconsin, President Barack Obama talks about rebuilding America’s roads, rails and runways. “Make long overdue investments in upgrading our outdated, our inefficient national infrastructure.”
Acknowledging there is no silver bullet to fix the economy, Obama promises to fight for the middle class, despite criticisms from his opponents. “Some powerful interest who’ve been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they’re not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog.”
Obama says, over the next six years he wants to rebuild 150,000 miles of roads; construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail; and rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of runway.
All fired up, Obama says no matter what the Democrats do, the Republicans continue to be “The Party of No.” He says, “Even on things we usually agree on they say ‘no.’ If I said the sky was blue, they’d say ‘no.’ If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say ‘no.'”
Commenting on the plan, State GOP Chair Reince Priebus calls it absurd. He wonders why the Administration “couldn’t find $50 billion in the trillions they have already spent.” US Representative Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) says the past 16 months have shown we cannot borrow and spend our way out of this recession.
Unemployment remains above 9-percent. Obama spoke at Laborfest in Milwaukee.