So, now, we’ve got the president proposing yet another “stimulus,” calling “for Congress to approve major upgrades to the nation’s roads, rail lines and runways — part of a six-year plan that would cost tens of billions of dollars and create a government-run bank to finance innovative transportation projects.” Um, weren’t such “infrastructure investments” part of the original stimulus*?
Meanwhile, Obama keeps attacking Republicans. And over on our blog, one of his most diligent defenders laughs
. . . at the absurd idea that the state of the economy is even partly President Obama’s fault. Republicans did this and their prescriptions to ‘fix’ it will only make it worse. Did Republicans control the Presidency and the Congress for the bulk of the last decade or am I remembering that wrong?
Not even partly Obama’s fault, huh? He’s been president for nearly 20 months and got nearly his entire economic agenda passed by an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress. And before he took office as chief executive of this great nation, he had served for nearly four full years in the United States Senate, the latter half of his term as part of the majority.
So, my question to the president’s defenders is this: while he was in Congress, what legislation did Obama write, promote or otherwise support which would have forestalled the economic crisis he is currently trying to fix with increased government spending.
Please respond not by attacking Republicans, but by identifying specific pieces of legislation — as well as quotes from then-Senator Obama promoting said legislation or links to articles about or synopses of his efforts to secure the passage of said legislation.
*UPDATE: Yep, indeedy. Jim Geraghty reminds us how much the president touted those “infrastructure investments in his 2009 “stimulus.”