So, Barack Obama has his “jobs” bill that is designed specifically to force all Republicans to “obstruct” it so Obama can have a talking point in an attempt to raise his abysmal and falling poll numbers. So, Obama decides what better place for a photo-op than a bridge that needs repair between the Speaker of the House’s state and the Senate Minority Leader’s state. So, Obama jets off to Cincinnati, Ohio, to tout the “shovel-ready” infrastructure spending in his “jobs” bill. And the hilarity ensues from there.
Remember the last big-spending bill that Obama touted as “shovel-ready”? That Porkulus bill that did not produce jobs and that Obama had to admit was not “shovel-ready”? Well, here’s round two. Andrew Malcom provides some of the detail in the Los Angeles Times. (I know, right? The normally sycophantic LA Slimes. HT Hot Air Headlines)
You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?
He’s headed out to one today which he’s described as a “bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.” It is on a busy trucking route, spanning the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.
It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.
Today, the bridge sort of handles more than 150,000 vehicles a day with frequent jam-ups.
The bridge doesn’t need repairs. It’s not scheduled to get the repairs it doesn’t need. A new bridge is scheduled to be built, at a cost of 3.2 billion dollars, to ease the congestion. But it’s not scheduled to start for another four years. There goes that “shovel-ready” crapola again. And the false integrity again.
Oh, and guess which state the Ohio River is in. Ohio? Wrong. Ohio’s border stops at the river’s edge. So, touting a “shovel-ready” that won’t start for another four years job to repair a bridge that isn’t in need of repairs and isn’t scheduled for repairs in a state that isn’t even responsible for repairing it is one huge compound fail.
Allahpundit weighs in on Obama’s dishonest campaigning in Ohio.
Here’s video of him in front of the bridge today, following Maxine Waters’s advice to “fight” by stuttering his way to class-warrior glory. Speaking of things that are crumbling: His approval’s at 39/57 in Florida, which not long ago was a swing state if you can believe it, and a new Democratic poll of 60 battleground congressional districts held by Republicans finds that 50 percent support the GOP incumbent compared to 41 percent who support a Democratic challenger — a slight increase since the midterms last year. …
Obama’s reelection campaign, which started in January, 2009, got off to a rocky start and it’s been fail after fail after fail ever since.