Entering the Wayback Machine
Axelrod was quick to blame the R-words for the collapse of the I-5 bridge in WA. But, by using the Wayback machine we can discount his comments as hyperbole.
So, the Recovery Act which was supposed to stimulate the economy and boost the sectors of said economy which were damaged by the Recession, signed by a bi-partisan Congress, didn’t come to fruition. Why? Well, women’s groups were just furious that those sectors hardest hit, mostly male dominated jobs, were getting the lion’s share of the cash influx. They couldn’t stand for that!
Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE–
Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.
It didn’t matter to the feminists that men in the area of construction and manufacturing were the ones who lost the most jobs (80%) or that men in general were hardest hit by the crash and so were their wives and children who depended on them for support.
The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.
The feministas persevered, with the backing of Pelosi and Reid.
Our incoming president did what many sensible men do when confronted by a chorus of female complaint: He changed his plan. He added health, education, and other human infrastructure
components to the proposal. And he tasked Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, Joseph Biden’s chief economist, with preparing an extraordinary report that calculated not only the number of jobs the plan would likely create, but the gender composition of the various employment sectors and the division of largess between women and men….snip
In triumph, Gandy, Smeal, and their sister activists turned their attention to Congress. They perfected a special “handshake pitch” for members of Congress to be used when reminding them of the importance of rebuilding our human infrastructure, intoning, “That infrastructure is fragile too.” With Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on board, the revised recovery act sailed through Congress, and President Obama signed it into law on February 17.
A few months into the implementation of the Recovery Act a team of AP reporters who were tracking the funds found out $300 billion sent to the states, meant to kickstart the economy, “invest in roads and bridges” and infrastructure, was being used mainly for health care, education, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other social services.
They lie when they don’t really have to.
If you think the IRS, EPA and DOJ targeting of conservative groups is new, it isn’t.
The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics.
On Aug. 21, 2008, the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. The Obama campaign and supporters were furious, and they pressured TV stations to pull the ad—a common-enough tactic in such ad spats.
What came next was not common. Bob Bauer, general counsel for the campaign (and later general counsel for the White House), on the same day wrote to the criminal division of the Justice Department, demanding an investigation into AIP, “its officers and directors,” and its “anonymous donors.” Mr. Bauer claimed that the nonprofit, as a 501(c)(4), was committing a “knowing and willful violation” of election law, and wanted “action to enforce against criminal violations.”…..snip
The Bauer onslaught was a big part of a new liberal strategy to thwart the rise
of conservative groups. In early August 2008, the New York Times trumpeted the
creation of a left-wing group (a 501(c)4) called Accountable America. Founded by
Obama supporter and liberal activist Tom Mattzie, the group—as the story
explained—would start by sending “warning” letters to 10,000 GOP donors, “hoping
to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” The letters would
alert “right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal
trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.” As
Mr. Mattzie told Mother Jones: “We’re going to put them at risk.”
Big ‘L’ liberals take note, you’ve been scammed by a vacuous and shallow man and his thugs. Since you are smarter, more educated, why didn’t you see that? We did!
- Conservative Groups, Donors Became Targets in 2008: ‘We’re Going to Put Them at Risk’ (pjmedia.com)
- Obama Thinks Your Speech Is Illegitimate (freebeacon.com)
- Flashback: Obama Promised His Stimulus Would Fix Crumbling Roads and Bridges (rushlimbaugh.com)
- 10 Signs That You Are One Of The ‘Sheeple’ (secretsofthefed.com)
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