Get Your Red Hot Testimony, Right Here!

February 1st, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Testified this AM in the House on matters of job creation and the middle class–regulars will recognize sections extracted for earlier posts, but here’s the whole thing.

A commenter was asking this AM why isn’t anyone talking about infrastructure anymore?  Well, I am!

Invest in infrastructure:  As part of the American Jobs Act, the President proposed a national program to repair and modernize the nation’s public schools and community colleges.  This plan is now a legislative initiative called FAST—Fix America’s Schools Today–soon to be introduced in both chambers.  FAST addresses three big problems: 1) the backlog of maintenance repairs in strapped school districts across the nation, 2) the high unemployment among construction workers and other laborers who do this type of work, and 3) the energy inefficiency in many public schools where billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted through bad roofing, aging boilers, and poorly insulated windows.  I urge legislators will give this idea a close look.

One obviously feels like you’re just going through the motions in such endeavors in these divisive times, but my philosophy is to breath deeply, tell the truth, and try to see as clearly as you can through the money-induced fog of obfuscation. 

The dogs may bark but the caravan goes on, trundling, hopefully, toward the path of enlightenment.

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9 comments in reply to "Get Your Red Hot Testimony, Right Here!"

  1. Tom Cammarata says:

    “…other laborers who do this type of work…”

    One forgets that behind every gang of workers on a job site is an intricate network of engineers, planners, estimators, inspectors and other office personnel, the whole bureaucratic apparatus that is required to get work done privately as well as publicly.

    All of whom will have more work, and more workers, to handle the increased job load such investment brings

    That’s why infrastructure repair and development has such a high return ratio for the money spent. The quick clips and tool-sound bites the media always uses only show the tip of the pyramid, not the whole structure of support that makes such projects possible. Ask any pharaoh.

  2. Michael says:

    Nah, it’s cool, you never know who might be listening, so say what there is to say.

  3. Fred Donaldson says:

    Our public schools would be shining examples for the world if all elected and appointed government officials, including the President and Willard M. Romney, were required to send their children to the local public school and their state college.

    My grandmother was an elected Republican school visitor in the 1920s and once called a meeting of the Philadelphia school board in an elementary classroom. When one of the school board members complained that there wasn’t enough light to read the minutes, she answered: “and how do you expect our children to able to read under such conditions.” The lighting was improved.

    After you accomplish the public school for public servants, you might focus on requiring anyone voting on a “war” to have either served in the military or have their children volunteer to go. Imagine how much money that would save – enough for new schools, museums, libraries, roads, healthcare.

    • Michael says:

      No, they’d turn their local public schools into temples of learning and destroy any school that they weren’t part of.

  4. the buckaroo says:

    …seems the New Deal Repeal crowd is more concerned with union busting, SS privatization & pension vaporizing than fixing America or looking to the future where alternative energy resides.

    A question, jb. Increase in food stamps after the Gulf Spill & on through the historic hurricane & tornado season or steady trickle since late 2008? Just wondering when the flood gates opened.

    And…the Bankruptcy Act of ’04. Was something in the wind or just Congress giving creditors an invisible hedge?

  5. fausto412 says:

    but was anybody listening?

    • Michael says:

      One of the great truths of the world is that you never know who’s paying attention, so say what you think is needed, even if you don’t think anyone is watching.

  6. Bumpa says:

    Thank you, Jared, your testimony here should be REQUIRED reading for everyone who shows interest in the economy. Especially those still praising Reaganomics as the only option we have to become, once again, a prosperous nation.

    You put down, in clear concise language, the argument that needs to be given to the general population

  7. urban legend says:

    The right wing will spend tons of money advertising its position on public issues, as with the millions spent trying to build public pressure on the President to approve the pipeline. Our side seems to do nothing whatsoever — except well-meaning blog posts for a minuscule audience — to build public pressure for anything. Why not a campaign to put pressure on Congress to pass FAST? Or is it all just a sham for creating campaign talking points? Yes, the President cannot promote such a campaign directly — the excuses are always at hand, aren’t they — but there must be some organization with money that believes in the importance of infrastructure.

    The President’s big infrastructure speech, weak as it was on building a case for the critical need for massive infrastructure investment on a relatively permanent basis, came more than two years after it should have been given, and unfortunately came only after the press had declared the campaign to be on. I am not convinced myself that it’s anything more than campaign positioning. The lack of any genuine effort to break through Republican resistance, with the de rigeur whines that it’s probably all for naught, don’t do anything to convince me I’m wrong.