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Call for more spending on highways is political

July 16, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Blaming someone else for his own failures has worked well for President Barack Obama in the past. Apparently he thinks the strategy can still work.

With three straight months of lackluster unemployment reports staring him in the face, Obama understands many voters no longer trust him to bring the economy out of the doldrums.

Some may even remember his pledge that if he couldn't bring unemployment down to acceptable levels within three years, he ought not to be re-elected. So, during a recent radio address, Obama hinted at his reaction.

Referring to a $127 billion bill to repair highways and bridges, while also keeping student loan rates low, Obama said, "We've got more to do." He explained more infrastructure funding is needed from Congress, to boost employment.

Never mind that hundreds of billions of dollars in Obama "stimulus" didn't work. Clearly, the president hopes Congress will reject a new round of wasteful spending - so he can blame lawmakers for failure to "provide" new jobs.

Voters may have fallen for the blame-anybody-but-me trick before. They won't again.



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