The American Jobs Act (AJA), or Stimulus lite as I'm calling it, is to be sent to Congress today, after a Rose Garden ceremony.
I beg your pardon, but if it's so damn important that
"Congress should pass this bill right now", then Obama should have had it with him to give to Congress when he addressed them last week and the scientific community is united in that fact.
Michael Barone responds to some of President Obama's AJA highlights(?)...
He called for a school modernization program (will it result in more jobs than the Seattle weatherization program that cost $22 million and produced 14 jobs?) and for funding more teacher jobs (a political payoff to the teacher unions which together with other unions gave Democrats $400 million in the 2008 campaign cycle).
“We’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it would do for the country.” Yeah, sure. Like the screening process that produced that $535,000,000 loan guarantee to now-bankrupt Solyndra.
And Congress should pass the free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. Except that Congress can’t, because Obama hasn’t sent them up there yet in his 961 days as president.