September 6th, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Obama pushes infrastructure spending to spur growth

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.

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  1. Jason

    The simple fact is everytime a dem becomes pres after a rep they have an insane mess to clean up bush sr. Did the same thing and clinton brought this country back to a surplus budget and the lowest unemployment rate of the 20th century

    Now we have bush jr with his daddy issues having done the same thing only worse bringing this country as close to another great depression as posible putting millions out of work and tajing that surplus and making it a deficiet. And you thing Obama can fix it in 2 years or less? Are you insane?
    Clinton spent trillions in the first 4 years and still did the impossible the reps have no plan but fearmongering and spurring on the ignorant masses with hate speech and lies. We as a people screwed up twice by voting bush in. Now you're giving up on what is conceivable our best bet to get back on out feet

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That's what everyone that wants to put those idiots back in power are going to do

    September 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. craig

    Are we really a civilized country? No matter what Obama passes it is up to the people to come together and do whats best for all people. He can not make companies hire,they control who they hire.All the political b-s is dividing our country!! We are acting like idiots!! Now even Americans hate America! Whats next another (un)Civil War?

    September 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katya

    Yeah.... The most American thing to do now is to do your job well and be nice to each other and think the least possible about politics. Nobody has it easy. The person doing the ungrateful top job is temporary. America stays.

    September 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. darlene

    Why is it everytime a new president is voted in, the same thing happens, they blame all the problems on the previous president. I for one am very tired of this. this economy cannot be blamed on republicans or democrats separately but on both. I am tired of the blame game. just do your job and it will go alot more smoothly and maybe all these promises may even happen. everytime an important question gets asked to the President Obama, he treats as a joke & brings up President Bush; and gets a laughh especially when he doesn't have an answer. stop the blame game and find a solution for the millions of people out of work. the 2010 budget was a proposal. if Obama didn't agree with ith then that is when changes should have been made, instead of setting budget as it was and then the blame again. that proposal was not written in stone.

    September 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. deli

    To u darlene. i think u r not happy with u r self. sometime when u r so everworked and u have peoplewhom dont like u because of u r skin color. u dont understand the meaning of what he said and to me it not a joke. there is meaning behind that and u know sometimes u have to have a little sense of humor when u try to make a point. u r not listening to the whole think u only saw the part that u think he said as a joke. get u r self educated so u can understand the whole picture.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. lester

    where is it written that we as Americans can!t take to the streets, and instead of complaining, help our President? Ask not what your country can do for you......remember?

    September 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    Don't the dems ever have any ideas that do not demonize business and punish the tax payers. This spending like there is no tomorrow and borrowing like the money never has to be repaid has to stop. Wasting money on a high speed rail takes the cake. This is nothing more than a land grap and future tax burden; anyone that thinks this has a chance of breaking even without taxpayer money has to be a democrat. Obama and his liberal croneys would never make it in business; they are only good at spending someone else's money. This redistribution of wealth is nothing more than buying votes with taxpayer money. Wake up America; this liberal agenda is unsustianable, will bankrupt this government, and will destroy our chiildren's future. These antibusiness fools will drive jobs out of this country.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. duke

    We are witnessing how a country can be held hostage by the rich!Even though all the money lye in these rich people's vault undermining the system they are still supported by the true Patriot's of this country(the religious Right)

    September 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karl

    What I don't understand in this debate is why everyone always only blames the politicians for the economic crisis instead of wall street with their irresponsible speculations and the endless greed of people to own bigger and bigger homes and get more and more profit out of selling those homes quicker and quicker – without being able to afford a home in the first place. There are many more reasons why the economy tanked, and they should all be discussed instead of only pointing the finger to Washington.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |