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It think it's sad how the right stagnated this countries growth because of their partisanship and or racism. Obama has been trying to get the congress to approve spending on infrastructure his entire Presidency. The right would not go along because they didn't want to add a cent to our debt. Now all of the sudden it's worth considering. Now they will allow the debt to increase for rebuilding our infrastructure. This story from 2010 is a good example of how Obama was treated

Obama criticizes Republicans who opposed stimulus, then claim credit for projects it funded | PolitiFact

Obama criticizes Republicans who opposed stimulus, then claim credit for projects it funded

By Louis Jacobson on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.

Twice recently, President Barack Obama has slammed congressional Republicans for voting against his economic stimulus bill in February 2009 but later touting provisions of the bill that benefited their own constituents.

During his Jan. 29, 2010, question-and-answer session with House Republican lawmakers in Baltimore, Obama brought up the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as the stimulus is officially known:

"There was an interesting headline in CNN today: 'Americans disapprove of stimulus, but like every policy in it.' And there was a poll that showed that if you broke it down into its component parts, 80 percent approved of the tax cuts, 80 percent approved of the infrastructure, 80 percent approved of the assistance to the unemployed. Well, that's what the Recovery Act was. And let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities."

Then, on Feb. 2, 2010, Obama riffed on the same theme during a town hall event in New Hampshire:

"I have to point out, though, that some of the very same folks in Congress who opposed the Recovery Act -- and claim that it hasn’t worked -- have been all too happy to claim credit for Recovery Act projects and the jobs those projects have produced. (Applause.) They come to the ribbon-cuttings and ... (laughter). They found a way to have their cake and vote against it, too. (Laughter.)"

We decided that a claim that bold, repeated in two high-profile events within a week's time, was worth a fact-check.

As it turns out, we found several cases in which lawmakers voted against the measure but later claimed credit for provisions or projects stemming from the stimulus bill.

-- Rep. Don Young of Alaska. Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, sent out two press releases on Feb. 13, 2009, the day the House passed the final version of the stimulus bill.

One was headlined, "Rep. Young Votes NO On Democrats’ Massive Spending Bill." It quotes Young saying, "This bill was not a stimulus bill, it was a vehicle for pet projects, and that’s wrong."

Young's second release of the day was headlined, "Rep. Young Wins Victory For Alaska Small Business." It explains how Young, after lobbying by the Alaska Federation of Natives, targeted a provision from the stimulus bill that would have required competitive bidding for stimulus grants and contracts. The Alaska Natives group said the provision could have hurt its members' ability to benefit from Small Business Administration programs. Young, the release said, "worked with Members on the other side of the aisle to make the case for these programs, and was able to get the provision pulled from the bill."

In the release, Young said that “no matter if I supported this bill or not, I would make sure [Alaska Natives] were not hurt by it."

-- Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky. Davis, a three-term congressman, issued a news release on Jan. 28, 2009, the day of the first House vote on the stimulus, in which he was quoted saying that "this so-called ‘stimulus’ legislation is full of pet spending projects that will do very little to restore confidence in our economy or create jobs."

But 11 months later, on Dec. 16, 2009, Davis sent out a release announcing the awarding of a $1 million-plus grant for the Carroll County School District. "Congressman Geoff Davis is pleased to announce that the Carroll County School District has been awarded $1,044,140 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Early Head Start Expansion Program," the release stated. It goes on to say, "In these difficult economic times, it is critical to ensure that vulnerable populations in Kentucky have access to important support services like those provided by the Early Head Start program. This important grant will allow Carroll County School District to expand their ability to provide needed assistance to local low-income families and children. I am very proud of the work that the Carroll County School District is doing to strengthen their community, and I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds.”

As it happened, on the very same day, Davis sent out a separate release in which he referred to the "failed trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill."

-- Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania. Shuster, elected in 2001, is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During the stimulus debate, he advocated for targeting the measure more directly toward infrastructure spending. A Jan. 28, 2009, news release from his office said that "President Obama told the American people that he would stimulate our economy by rejuvenating our infrastructure. As a longtime advocate of improving our nation’s infrastructure, Shuster was encouraged by this announcement. Unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress, led by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, squandered this historic opportunity to create jobs and strengthen the backbone of our economy in order to fund 40 years of pent-up liberal pet projects."

In November, the Blairsville (Pa.) Dispatch reported that Shuster attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility at a sewage treatment plant in Blairsville. According to the newspaper, the $12.1 million project was funded in part by federal stimulus money.

-- Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. In a Feb. 13, 2009, news release, Gingrey, a four-term congressman, explained his vote by saying that "this ‘stimulus’ bill only perpetuates the dangerous myth that government spending will fix this economy. ... The truth is government spending will only bury future generations in more debt."

In October, a photograph in the Cedartown (Ga.) Standard showed Gingrey handing over a giant, ceremonial check for $625,000 in stimulus money to municipal leaders. The money was to pay for "new sidewalks, landscaping and other improvements to the downtown area," according to the newspaper. A Gingrey spokeswoman told the Standard that because the project qualified for federal stimulus funds as "shovel-ready," Gingrey "presented the proposal at the federal level."
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It think it's sad how the right stagnated this countries growth because of their partisanship and or racism. Obama has been trying to get the congress to approve spending on infrastructure his entire Presidency. The right would not go along because they didn't want to add a cent to our debt. Now all of the sudden it's worth considering. Now they will allow the debt to increase for rebuilding our infrastructure. This story from 2010 is a good example of how Obama was treated

Obama criticizes Republicans who opposed stimulus, then claim credit for projects it funded | PolitiFact

Obama criticizes Republicans who opposed stimulus, then claim credit for projects it funded

By Louis Jacobson on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.

Twice recently, President Barack Obama has slammed congressional Republicans for voting against his economic stimulus bill in February 2009 but later touting provisions of the bill that benefited their own constituents.

During his Jan. 29, 2010, question-and-answer session with House Republican lawmakers in Baltimore, Obama brought up the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as the stimulus is officially known:

"There was an interesting headline in CNN today: 'Americans disapprove of stimulus, but like every policy in it.' And there was a poll that showed that if you broke it down into its component parts, 80 percent approved of the tax cuts, 80 percent approved of the infrastructure, 80 percent approved of the assistance to the unemployed. Well, that's what the Recovery Act was. And let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities."

Then, on Feb. 2, 2010, Obama riffed on the same theme during a town hall event in New Hampshire:

"I have to point out, though, that some of the very same folks in Congress who opposed the Recovery Act -- and claim that it hasn’t worked -- have been all too happy to claim credit for Recovery Act projects and the jobs those projects have produced. (Applause.) They come to the ribbon-cuttings and ... (laughter). They found a way to have their cake and vote against it, too. (Laughter.)"

We decided that a claim that bold, repeated in two high-profile events within a week's time, was worth a fact-check.

As it turns out, we found several cases in which lawmakers voted against the measure but later claimed credit for provisions or projects stemming from the stimulus bill.

-- Rep. Don Young of Alaska. Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, sent out two press releases on Feb. 13, 2009, the day the House passed the final version of the stimulus bill.

One was headlined, "Rep. Young Votes NO On Democrats’ Massive Spending Bill." It quotes Young saying, "This bill was not a stimulus bill, it was a vehicle for pet projects, and that’s wrong."

Young's second release of the day was headlined, "Rep. Young Wins Victory For Alaska Small Business." It explains how Young, after lobbying by the Alaska Federation of Natives, targeted a provision from the stimulus bill that would have required competitive bidding for stimulus grants and contracts. The Alaska Natives group said the provision could have hurt its members' ability to benefit from Small Business Administration programs. Young, the release said, "worked with Members on the other side of the aisle to make the case for these programs, and was able to get the provision pulled from the bill."

In the release, Young said that “no matter if I supported this bill or not, I would make sure [Alaska Natives] were not hurt by it."

-- Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky. Davis, a three-term congressman, issued a news release on Jan. 28, 2009, the day of the first House vote on the stimulus, in which he was quoted saying that "this so-called ‘stimulus’ legislation is full of pet spending projects that will do very little to restore confidence in our economy or create jobs."

But 11 months later, on Dec. 16, 2009, Davis sent out a release announcing the awarding of a $1 million-plus grant for the Carroll County School District. "Congressman Geoff Davis is pleased to announce that the Carroll County School District has been awarded $1,044,140 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Early Head Start Expansion Program," the release stated. It goes on to say, "In these difficult economic times, it is critical to ensure that vulnerable populations in Kentucky have access to important support services like those provided by the Early Head Start program. This important grant will allow Carroll County School District to expand their ability to provide needed assistance to local low-income families and children. I am very proud of the work that the Carroll County School District is doing to strengthen their community, and I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds.”

As it happened, on the very same day, Davis sent out a separate release in which he referred to the "failed trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill."

-- Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania. Shuster, elected in 2001, is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During the stimulus debate, he advocated for targeting the measure more directly toward infrastructure spending. A Jan. 28, 2009, news release from his office said that "President Obama told the American people that he would stimulate our economy by rejuvenating our infrastructure. As a longtime advocate of improving our nation’s infrastructure, Shuster was encouraged by this announcement. Unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress, led by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, squandered this historic opportunity to create jobs and strengthen the backbone of our economy in order to fund 40 years of pent-up liberal pet projects."

In November, the Blairsville (Pa.) Dispatch reported that Shuster attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility at a sewage treatment plant in Blairsville. According to the newspaper, the $12.1 million project was funded in part by federal stimulus money.

-- Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. In a Feb. 13, 2009, news release, Gingrey, a four-term congressman, explained his vote by saying that "this ‘stimulus’ bill only perpetuates the dangerous myth that government spending will fix this economy. ... The truth is government spending will only bury future generations in more debt."

In October, a photograph in the Cedartown (Ga.) Standard showed Gingrey handing over a giant, ceremonial check for $625,000 in stimulus money to municipal leaders. The money was to pay for "new sidewalks, landscaping and other improvements to the downtown area," according to the newspaper. A Gingrey spokeswoman told the Standard that because the project qualified for federal stimulus funds as "shovel-ready," Gingrey "presented the proposal at the federal level."
Congress Passes Stimulus Package - washingtonpost.com

What's sad is the left's ability to forget what happened just a few years ago.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...so-ready/?_r=0

Those were sure pretty signs. Only a fool would throw another trillion at the problem.
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We are talking about two separate things.
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What's sad is the left's ability to forget what happened just a few years ago.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...so-ready/?_r=0

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We are talking about two separate things.
No we're not. The first trillion dollar bill was supposed to repair and replace infrastructure and at the same time provide at least temporary jobs. What we got is a few roadside signs and a few bailouts of failing companies and funds at the expense of successful businesses in the same industries. We also got funding for pet projects that could not make it without handouts.

Why would we throw more money at these perceived problems?
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That is what the congress is going to do for Trump. We needed it over the past 6 years and they wouldn't do it. The excuse was that we didn't want to add to the debt. How much you want to bet they add to the debt now that the white boy is there?
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No we're not. The first trillion dollar bill was supposed to repair and replace infrastructure and at the same time provide at least temporary jobs. What we got is a few roadside signs and a few bailouts of failing companies and funds at the expense of successful businesses in the same industries. We also got funding for pet projects that could not make it without handouts.

Why would we throw more money at these perceived problems?
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Infrastructure spending has been pretty piss-poor under Obama. One of Trump's campaign promises is to improve this and put/spend the money more wisely.
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That is what the congress is going to do for Trump. We needed it over the past 6 years and they wouldn't do it. The excuse was that we didn't want to add to the debt. How much you want to bet they add to the debt now that the white boy is there?
So now you want to move on to a different subject after losing that argument.

This one using liberal talking point #1. It must be racist.

You have no idea what Congress is going to do with Trump.

At least we will get a new liberal talking point in a few days. We'll be moving from "it's Bush's fault", to Congress stonewalled Obama. Give it up. You lost.

Here's today's trivia question for you. How many of the Republican House passed bills did Reid allow to even make it to committee?

Give it up, Mikeyy. Trump won. Elections have consequences. ULost.
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Infrastructure spending has been pretty piss-poor under Obama. One of Trump's campaign promises is to improve this and put/spend the money more wisely.
What are you talking about. They haven't given Obama the money.
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What are you talking about. They haven't given Obama the money.
Obama and Reid never gave Republicans anything either.

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