Monday, September 6, 2010

Obama Slams the GOP and Vows to Keep Fighting!

Today, in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech on the economy. Below is a small portion of his speech. For the full speech, click this C-Span link. The President announced his plan to rebuild American's transportation infrastructure. Over the next six years, under the $50 billion stimulus plan, Obama will rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, lay and maintain 4,000 miles of railways and restore 150 miles of airport runways. The goals of the plan include creating jobs, stimulate the economy and building the world's best infrastructure.

Obama's post-partisan campaign rhetoric is long gone. Thank goodness! The gloves are off and the fight is on! It was refreshing to hear President Obama challenge the Republicans' obstructionism and failed economic ideas. Obama asserted, "When it comes to just about everything that we've done to strengthen our middle class and rebuild our economy, almost every Republican in Congress says no...If I said the sky is blue, they would say no. If I said fish live in the sea, they would say no...They think it is better to score political points than to solve problems....Their slogan is No We Can't...." Quoting the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, Obama asked, "What is it about working men and women that they [Republicans] find so offensive?" He went on to diss U.S. Rep. John Boehner as "the Republican who thinks he is going to take over as Speaker." Obama blasted the Bush tax cuts and the Republicans' "you're on your own" philosophy.

The President's speech was totally awesome. However, results are more important. Despite the passage of the first stimulus plan, the unemployment rate remains high at 9.6 percent. For African Americans, the unemployment rate is much higher. Hopefully, this new proposal will be successful.

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