Obama to Congress: Fix Roads, Add Jobs

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

President Barack Obama is talking about the economy all week. Yesterday, he delivered a jobs speech before a whooping crowd in Milwaukee, Wis., where he called on Congress to swiftly approve a new stimulus plan: one that would devote at least an additional $50 billion to upgrade the nation's infrastructure.

If passed, Obama promised, our nation's roads, railways and airports would all get a face-lift. He said the plan could create thousands of jobs during a time when unemployment is currently 9.6 percent.

The GOP has largely been critical of the president's previous $787 billion stimulus package, and other lawmakers, including Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn) have called for an additional $500 billion to spur job growth. We want to know: can $50 billion really fix our ailing roads and economy?

We speak with Scott Myers-Lipton, and Robert Puentes. Myers-Lipton is a professor of Sociology at San Jose State University and author of "Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works"; and Puentes is Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.

To answer that question we’re joined by Scott Myers-Lipton.  Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University and author of Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works; and Robert Puentes [PWEN-tehz], Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.

Guests:

Scott Myers-Lipton and Robert Puentes

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

Al from New Jersey

Try a quick comparison between the dollars spent on Wall Street bailouts and the dollars proposed for infrastructure. Bailouts were bigger and did not create enough jobs. This is step in right direction but a baby step.

Sep. 07 2010 09:19 AM

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