Obama on the Offensive – Obama defending stimulus, attacking critics

President Obama has been racing around to every media outlet trying to drum up support for the stimulus plan. Thursday he submitted an op-ed piece to the Washington Post. In the piece Obama highlighted why he thought the stimulus plan was perfect.

from Washington Post:

This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it’s a strategy for America’s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education. And it’s a strategy that will be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability, so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent…

Every day, our economy gets sicker — and the time for a remedy that puts Americans back to work, jump-starts our economy and invests in lasting growth is now.

Now is the time to protect health insurance for the more than 8 million Americans at risk of losing their coverage and to computerize the health-care records of every American within five years, saving billions of dollars and countless lives in the process.

Now is the time to save billions by making 2 million homes and 75 percent of federal buildings more energy-efficient, and to double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy within three years.

Now is the time to give our children every advantage they need to compete by upgrading 10,000 schools with state-of-the-art classrooms, libraries and labs; by training our teachers in math and science; and by bringing the dream of a college education within reach for millions of Americans.

And now is the time to create the jobs that remake America for the 21st century by rebuilding aging roads, bridges and levees; designing a smart electrical grid; and connecting every corner of the country to the information superhighway.

Yes our economy is getting worse. Just take a peak at the news for proof. And it will get worse before it gets better no matter what we do, that much is a given. Knowing this, why rush an imperfect plan that may end up just wasting money and not helping turn around our economy?

Obama says “there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis — the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems.” That’s true. Strategic spending is needed. I disagree with President Obama’s empatuation with health care and education spending as economic recovery. Our health care and education systems are in need of help. Throwing money at those problems hasn’t helped yet, so why would it help this time? Don’t waste money on health care and education. Bring true reform instead.

Green spending that will save us billions and Obama’s infrastructure spending I agree with, as I’ve said before. J.O.B.S. YES YES YES! That was lame and I appologize. We need a little laughter though.

Friday morning Obama threw some punches at his detractors.

from Crooks and Liars:

Now, I read the other day that critics of this plan ridiculed our notion that we should use part of the money to modernize the entire fleet of federal vehicles to take advantage of state-of-the-art fuel efficiency. This is what they called pork. You know the truth. It will not only save the government significant money over time, it will not only create manufacturing jobs for folks who are making these cars, it will set a standard for private industry to match.

And so when you hear these attacks, deriding something of such obvious importance as this, you have to ask yourself: Are these folks serious? Is it any wonder we haven’t had a real energy policy in this country?

It’s good to the Dems sticking up for themselves. They’ve been wet noodles for too long. I hope they remember what happens when you govern with hubris.


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