A fired-up President Obama used a Labor Day address to roll out a new jobs program – and to trash opponents he says have called him “a dog.”
“They’re not always happy with me,” he said of the powerful interests he says he’s taken on as President. “They talk about me like a dog.”
As Democrats face the possibility of losing both houses in November’s midterm elections, Obama delivered one of his most combative speeches in months at a union rally in Milwaukee.
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Appearing in a blue collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up, he denounced Republicans for driving the car of the nation’s economy into a ditch, then standing around “sipping on a slurpee” while he’s tried to push it out.
“We finally got the car up … Then they got the nerve to ask for the keys back!” the president said. “They don’t know how to drive.”
Obama’s latest solution to the nation’s economic woes is a $50 billion investment in the nation’s infrastructure – a kind of mini-stimulus bill that would rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of railway and 150 miles of airport runways.
His plan, which would need Congressional approval, immediately met with resistance from Republicans, including GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky who said the plan “should be met with justifiable skepticism” because it would raise taxes.
House Republican leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said “We need to end Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree.”
Democrats acknowledged that without Republican support, the proposal isn’t likely to become law this year but local leaders said they’d welcome additional funding for New York’s roads and rails.