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.