Obama strikes back and he is also fired-up. The President used a Labor Day address to roll out a new jobs program – and to trash opponents he says have called him “a dog.” He said, “They’re not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog.” As Democrats face the possibility of losing both houses of Congress in November’s midterm elections, Obama delivered one of his most combative speeches in months at a union rally in Milwaukee.
He denounced Republicans for driving the car of the nation’s economy into a ditch, then standing around “sipping on a Slurpee” while he’s tried to push it out. “We finally got the car up. … Then they got the nerve to ask for the keys back! They don’t know how to drive.” The President said. Obama’s latest solution to the nation’s economic woes is a $50 billion investment in the nation’s infrastructure – a kind of ministimulus bill that would rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of railway and 150 miles of airport runways. His plan, which would need congressional approval, immediately met with resistance from Republicans.Democrats acknowledged that without Republican support, the proposal isn’t likely to become law this year, but local leaders said they would welcome additional funding for New York’s roads and rails. It’s not clear how much of the $50 billion might come to New York, but the city gained about $7 billion from Obama’s major $787billion stimulus plan in 2009.