Republicans Cheer for Infrastructure! Wait what?

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https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/03/why-are-republicans-suddenly-excited-about-trumps-1-trillion-infrastructure-plan

See if you can remember who said this:

[W]e are remaking the American landscape with the largest new investment in our nation's infrastructure since Eisenhower built an interstate highway system in the 1950s. Because of this investment, nearly 400,000 men and women will go to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges[.]

Give up? It was Barack Obama in 2009 as he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787 billion stimulus project that was supposed to create jobs, repair infrastructure, and put America back on its feet.

Of course, we all know how that story ended. The stimulus failed, jobs weren’t created, infrastructure wasn’t rebuilt, and the country languished in economic malaise in one of the slowest recoveries in history.

It is curious, then, to see Donald Trump using the same language — almost down to the exact word choices — as President Obama did eight years ago. He was applauded for it by Republicans, many of whom were the loudest voices criticizing the Obama stimulus as a bad idea and a failure.
 
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Maybe we have a president who can get it done this time.

If only Obama had been a more effective president.

If only...
 
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boontito

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Yes, if only President Obama had been more effective at getting done those things they didn't want him to do, then maybe the GOP would've supported him doing those things they didn't want done.
 
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Rasselas

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What the Republicans favor is selling our infrastructure to private interests who will then invest in it. It's easy to get a bridge reinforced when the company that does it can then charge tolls until the end of time.

La agua pa la gente
No es agua que se vente.
 
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Jul 2014
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Maybe we have a president who can get it done this time.

If only Obama had been a more effective president.

If only...
By effective you mean getting funding passed from the GOP, then yes Obama was not effective.

Let me clue you in...The GOP is not going to fund one of Trump's major spending programs either. Keep that to yourself, Trump supporters still think the GOP Congress is supporting Trump spending promises.
 
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If the Stimulus package had actually been used to fund the "shovel ready" infrastructure projects, it very well may have worked. But only about 15 to 20% of the funds actually went to such projects. The rest primarily was used to expand unemployment benefits, fund local government operations and to fund bankrupt alternative energy companies.
 
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https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/03/why-are-republicans-suddenly-excited-about-trumps-1-trillion-infrastructure-plan

See if you can remember who said this:

[W]e are remaking the American landscape with the largest new investment in our nation's infrastructure since Eisenhower built an interstate highway system in the 1950s. Because of this investment, nearly 400,000 men and women will go to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges[.]

Give up? It was Barack Obama in 2009 as he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787 billion stimulus project that was supposed to create jobs, repair infrastructure, and put America back on its feet.

Of course, we all know how that story ended. The stimulus failed, jobs weren’t created, infrastructure wasn’t rebuilt, and the country languished in economic malaise in one of the slowest recoveries in history.

It is curious, then, to see Donald Trump using the same language — almost down to the exact word choices — as President Obama did eight years ago. He was applauded for it by Republicans, many of whom were the loudest voices criticizing the Obama stimulus as a bad idea and a failure.
The stimulus was NOT a failure. Without it, the unemployment rate in this country would have gone MUCH higher. It IMMEDIATELY prevented HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of police officers, firefighters, and teachers (among other public employees) from losing their jobs. No stimulus, and that unemployment rate in early to mid-2009 might have hit 13%.....and then it could have SNOWBALLED into the Second Great Depression.
 
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Jan 2016
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If the Stimulus package had actually been used to fund the "shovel ready" infrastructure projects, it very well may have worked. But only about 15 to 20% of the funds actually went to such projects. The rest primarily was used to expand unemployment benefits and to fund bankrupt alternative energy companies.
No. No, see post #9. A good chunk of the stimulus also went to find scientific and technological research & development. New Scientist magazine called it "the largest bet ever made on science and technology by any political leader in recorded history".