Obama's Ohio Speech: Strong New Proposals, Or Too Little Too Late?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

President Barack Obama makes remarks on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College West Campus on September 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty)

President Obama gave a sweeping economic address to a handpicked crowd of 800 people near Cleveland, Ohio yesterday… partly to announce several new economic proposals, partly to try to set a new tone for the midterm election campaigns. 

It was his second speech on the economy this week; in it, he proposed $180 billion dollars in new business tax breaks and infrastructure spending, to get businesses spending and hiring again. 

But even if Congress passes the proposals, would they be enough to turn the economy around in a substantial way? And will it do anything to improve fortunes for the Democrats heading into the November 2nd elections?

We talk about local reaction to the President’s speech and proposals with M.L. Schultze, from Kent, Ohio: the news director for WKSU Public Radio.

Also with us is Jim Naughtie, host of BBC Radio’s “Today” show, who has been covering American politics for more than 20 years. 

Guests:

Jim Naughtie and M.L. Schultze

Comments [2]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Good segment, but I think everyone missed Naughtie's point:

The real culture war brewing about whether America's prosperous future for the next generations are guaranteed will not be decided in the upcoming election or even the next few. This "conservative" vs. "liberal" battle over the course of a less white, more diverse in every way, technologically advanced, and evermore globally entangled America is one that will go on for years and numerous elections.

Sep. 09 2010 09:38 AM
lucien

President Obama is on the right track.In no time the Party of NO destroyed the economy. They led us into a callous war and squandered billions.In time the Obama recovery plan will work especially after the electorate sends the Republicans and the empty Tea bags scrambling for shelter come November.The American people are not as naive as the wishful thinking PARTY OF NO woukd like to believe.

Sep. 09 2010 02:36 AM

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