- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: ‘Playing defense on the one-yard line’
- Activists vow to occupy fast-food restaurants to get higher pay
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
- Summer camp for 1 percenters: Sushi, limos and shopping at FAO Schwarz
- Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data
- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
- ISIL terrorists blow up burial site of Jonah, vow more of same
- Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll
- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
Obama urges stimulus bill passage
Question of the Day
President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday that the nation finds itself at one of its “moments of trial” because of the economy and called for Congress to pass a massive public spending bill to create jobs, saying it would pull the country out of its slump.
“We need an American recovery and reinvestment plan that not only creates jobs in the short term, but spurs economic growth and competitiveness in the long term,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio address.
Democrats in Congress and in governor’s mansions across the country have floated proposals for massive public works projects, potentially topping $1 trillion in spending.
But Mr. Obama warned that his spending program would not be part of “the old Washington habit of throwing money at the problem.” The president-elect said there would be “vigorous oversight” of the spending and accountability for the projects.
The president-elect has a meeting scheduled Monday with congressional leaders of both parties. Mr. Obama, President Bush and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Carter will meet at the White House on Wednesday to discuss major issues facing the country.
Also Saturday, Obama” >Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia moved to Washington ahead of the president-elect, who is staying in Chicago until Sunday.
The three took up residence at the Hay-Adams Hotel — which will be the family’s residence until they move into the Blair House, the traditional pre-inauguration home, Jan. 15 and then the White House Jan. 20. The Obamas had to come to Washington early because the girls start classes at the elite Sidwell Friends School in Northwest on Monday.
On the budget, Republicans are calling for a careful approach.
“Every dollar needs to be spent wisely and not wasted in the rush to get it spent,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. He said his party wants to see Mr. Obama live up to his earlier pledge to scour the federal budget for places where programs can be cut.
While saying controls need to be part of the legislation, Mr. Obama said the real cost-cutting will have to come later, after the economy is back on track.
Mr. Obama did not mention President Bush by name, but gave a sobering assessment of Mr. Bush’s last year in office: “Nearly 2 million Americans have lost their jobs this past year - and millions more are working harder in jobs that pay less and come with fewer benefits.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Stephen Dinan can be reached at email@example.com.
- Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole
- Two-thirds of illegal immigrant children approved for asylum: report
- Top Justice official denies conspiring with IRS on tea party targeting
- Boehner: No bill on border surge
- Taking Obama to court a long shot but lawsuit not folly, Congress is told
Latest Blog Entries
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence
- Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'
- Let it roll: D.C. Council hits Las Vegas on taxpayer's dime, leaves $14,000 tab
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq