Washington gets a lot of flack lately for reasons both justified and not. But one complaint many are jumping on is President Obama’s specific jobs plan, or lack thereof. Obama is now scheduled to give a speech near Labor Day on what he plans to do about jobs and reducing the deficit, presumably in response to the increasingly loud crys from Democrats and Republicans for him to do so. The real question is what is he going to propose? We are getting a better picture on what the President is planning: extending the payroll tax credit and extending unemployment benefits. There is also talk of some infrastructure component to the plan as well. The infrastructure component is where I want to focus this post.
President Obama has shown many that he’s more of a lover, not a fighter. Despite coming from Chicago politics, he has not been eager to pick a fight with austerity driven members of the GOP and Tea Party. Instead, he deals and comes back with very watered down plans that don’t do much to help our ailing economy, and in many ways hurts his own political clout and re-election bid. Obama should take a look at some of the principles of the City Beautiful Movement of the early 20th century to help see why a big push to fund infrastructure, like roads, rail, bridges and buildings, can prove extremely beneficial to not only the economy but to people’s perception of where we are as a nation.