Two things struck me about Obama’s big infrastructure investment speech.
1. His “use it or lose it” line—”if a state doesn’t act quickly to invest in roads and bridges in their communities, they’ll lose the money”—was nothing less than a threat that states better vote Democratic.
Indeed, as lefties are starting to bash O, it’s worth noting that his program is a sly organizing move for Democrats. When voters hear this “use it or lose it” riff, they’re going to be reluctant to elect obstructionist Republicans.
Face it, even though Republican icon Dwight Eisenhower got the shout out in Obama’s remarks (the federal highway system), the Democrats and not the GOP are the party that supports investing public money and building things these days: Mass transit, schools, green collar projects; this is D Party platform stuff.
The GOP, obstructionists on public works (locally, they tried to repeal the gas tax), has hitched its fate to anti-tax rhetoric that scoffs at the notion of public investment. For years now, Republicans have framed investment as dirty liberal code for “tax and spend.” Obama’s warning took the GOP at its word, and so, was a serious F.U. and an endorsement of Democrats.
2. I like that Obama ended his speech (broadcast nationally on the radio) by saying, “Thanks for listening” instead of being all “God bless America.” It was another F.U.