Re: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal
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- Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2008 10:28:54 -0800
On Sat, 6 Dec 2008 09:30:02 -0800 (PST), St Louis Bob
On Dec 6, 11:25 am, St Louis Bob <free.tun...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 6, 11:05 am, Jim Higgins <gordian...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Obama unveils 21st Century New Dealhttp://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16258.html
Breaking: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal
By: Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin
December 6, 2008 10:28 AM EST
President-elect Barack Obama added sweep and meat to his economic
agenda on Saturday, pledging the largest new investment in roads and
bridges since President Dwight D. Eisenhower built the Interstate
system in the late 1950s, and tying his key initiatives ? education,
energy, health care ?back to jobs in a package that has the makings of
a smaller and modern version of FDR's New Deal marriage of job
creation with infrastructure upgrades.
The president-elect also said for the first time that he will ?launch
the most sweeping effort to modernize and upgrade school buildings
that this country has ever seen.?
?We will repair broken schools, make them energy-efficient, and put
new computers in our classrooms,? he said in the address.
The president-elect is bringing new elements of his domestic agenda
into his economic recovery plan, committing to a path toward giving
every American access to an electronic medical record as part of an
?economic recovery plan ... that won?t just save jobs, it will save
Obama had talked in the campaign about lowing health care costs by
investing in electronic information technology systems, but not in the
context of the economy.
Now, his key initiatives ? education, energy, health care ? are all
being tied back to jobs.
?When Congress reconvenes in January, I look forward to working with
them to pass a plan immediately,? Obama says in the address. ?We need
to act with the urgency this moment demands to save or create at least
two and a half million jobs so that the nearly two million Americans
who?ve lost them know that they have a future. And that?s exactly what
I intend to do as president of the United States.?
Obama had committed just before Thanksgiving to saving or creating 2.5
million jobs in the next two years, more than twice his campaign
promise of 1 million new jobs over an unspecified period. But he
didn?t say how he would do it. On Saturday, he began to spell it out,
offering "five key parts" of his economic plan:
?ENERGY: ?[W]e will launch a massive effort to make public buildings
more energy-efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bill
in the world. We need to change that. We need to upgrade our federal
buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient
light bulbs. That won?t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions
of dollars each year. It will put people back to work.?
?ROADS AND BRIDGES: ?[W]e will create millions of jobs by making the
single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the
creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s. We?ll invest your
precious tax dollars in new and smarter ways, and we?ll set a simple
rule ? use it or lose it. If a state doesn?t act quickly to invest in
roads and bridges in their communities, they?ll lose the money.?
?SCHOOLS: ?[M]y economic recovery plan will launch the most sweeping
effort to modernize and upgrade school buildings that this country has
ever seen. We will repair broken schools, make them energy-efficient,
and put new computers in our classrooms. Because to help our children
compete in a 21st century economy, we need to send them to 21st
?BROADBAND: ?As we renew our schools and highways, we?ll also renew
our information superhighway. It is unacceptable that the United
States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the
country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance
to get online, and they?ll get that chance when I?m president ?
because that?s how we?ll strengthen America?s competitiveness in the
(Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had talked about
expanding broadband access, but this is the first time the transition
has formally proposed it.)
?ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS: ?In addition to connecting our libraries
and schools to the Internet, we must also ensure that our hospitals
are connected to each other through the Internet. That is why the
economic recovery plan I?m proposing will help modernize our health
care system ? and that won?t just save jobs, it will save lives. We
will make sure that every doctor?s office and hospital in this country
is using cutting edge technology and electronic medical records so
that we can cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help save
billions of dollars each year.?
Sounds alot better than bombing innocent civilians as they are
sleeping in their beds, in school or attending weddings.
Opps one more thing...I have been going to VA for almost 4 years.
They have a paperless system and it is great. You never walk around in
that hospital with papers in your hand. You have one I.D.Card that
tells every dept why you are there and when they perform their
function the results are 'immediately' in your medical file. If you
travel out of state and go to another VA, they can find your present
meds and all tests results instantly...no signing papers and waiting
for Betty Sue to get back from her maternity leave to copy them and
mail them to you.
Sounds like Kaiser Permanente. No paperwork, certainly
no hassles that I have to deal with about who pays for what.
When I had my knees replaced a couple of years ago,
including three weeks in a recuperation facility, I was only
out of pocket two or four hundred dollars for the whole
shebang. It's the next best thing to National Health.
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