I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professions or to white male construction workers. I have nothing against white male construction workers. I'm just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well. And therefore, in my remarks I have suggested to you, and I'm certainly happy to talk about it more, ways in which the money can be -- criteria can be set so that they money does go to others: the long term unemployed, minorities, women, people who are not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.Are you f**king kidding me? On January 7th, even before the inaguration, this statement was made, and the Rush Limbaughs, the Ann Coulters and the right-wing blogosphere has a number of their running narratives verified on tape by one of Obama's economic advisers. This is the conservative equivalent of Phill Gramm calling America a "nation of whiners" to help out John McCain. It are on video and transcript, and talk radio and blogs. I'm surprised no one has come up with LOLWhiteConstructionWorkers blog "ICanHasContratz.com," with pictures of the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty emblazoned with the phrase CANNOT HAZ!1!1! LULZ
Two words for Reich? Epic. Fail.
I don't think I've heard a more concise way to kneecap yourself, your policies, your party, or your new President. Let's count just how many narratives this one transcript verifies on tape:
- Liberals like big government;
- Liberals pay for big government with higher taxes;
- Liberals always ask for more money to spend;
- Liberals hate white people;
- Liberals hate working white people;
- Liberals hate skilled people;
- Liberals do not want big government money & programs to employ skilled people;
- Liberals would rather social engineer than civil engineer;
- Liberals don't consider minority or women workers "skilled;"
- Liberals think the only way minorities or women can get jobs is if the government gives them the jobs.
Are there any I missed? Oh, yeah, the biggie: THE MEDIA DIDN'T SAY A THANG ABOUT THIS!!! This is what happens when you keep Part-of-the-Problem-Liberals like Reich around your administration. Git him gone. Yesterday.
If Sarah "Media Hates Me" Palin defeats the incumbent Obama in 2012, send your thank you notes to Robert Reich. If you thought Joe the Plumber was bad, just wait till you see Jack the Contractor-Denied-A-Job-Because-of-His-Race.
Now that I'm done venting, I feel compelled to explain what Dumble & Fumble meant to say when he farted with his face instead of spoke intelligently about policy in an overly politicized environment:
- We plan to look at effectiveness and efficiency in bidding out contracts;
- We plan to patronize established contracting companies with a proven track record of success, as well as new contracting companies to handle the additional work-load;
- We plan to grow our skilled labor force with rapid trade skills training programs that have been successfully implemented on the Gulf Coast;
- We plan to avoid problems that have plauged construction and infrastructure projects in the past, including "Brother-In-Law-Contracts" and patronage systems that unfairly enrich a few well connected firms and waste taxpayer dollars and return little infrastructure improvement per investment;
- We plan to patronize only those contractors who can prove that all their employees are legal workers and abide by laws governing pay scales and workers compensation;
- We plan to vet our contractors and make sure their bids represent actual figures, and that all projects are completed within the letter of the law;
- We plan to adhere to a just and well-explained rubric of quality control;
- We plan to streamline the bidding process and compile an easily searchable online database, accessible to the public, to ensure that these contracts are awarded justifiably and transparently.
There, I came up with all that in just a few minutes. That's the kind of thing I'd rather hear about all the new economic plans, because that's what we have to have. That would be change. What Reich has instead provided is not change we need or believe in, but the same-old, same-old. And until his ass is gone, gone, gone, we're going to have to own, own, own what he said. And the resultant backlash that comes with it.