On Wednesday, August 18, 2010, the Summer Recovery Tour stops in Columbus with the lead act of President Obama headlining the way.
This will be his second visit to the capital of the buckeye state in a little more than two months and his ninth trip to the state since becoming president. This will be the eighth time Governor Strickland has been with Obama during his Ohio visit.
Don’t expect Obama to talk about how well the stimulus bill is working here in Ohio. Those shovel ready projects, that he and congress promised would keep the unemployment rate below 8%, are still going through the proper planning and permitting stages. In some cases contracts have yet to be signed.
Stimulus-financed construction won’t be talked about either. Nationwide 82,000 homes are expected to be “greened” with weatherization projects this summer. However, in cities like Dayton and Detroit, hit hard by manufacturing losses, there is more talk of bulldozing sections of the city with possibly entire neighborhoods being bulldozed over. This year alone Dayton will spend $9.2 million in federal money to demolish 1,300 homes, but it is estimated there are 15,000 vacant homes in the city. And, the problem is getting worse. The number of blighted and abandoned homes is growing faster than the city can tear them down.
Ironically last week, in East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, 30,000 people lined up for days to get on a waiting list for 455 Section 8 vouchers! People drove from as far away as Chicago and Philadelphia for this housing assistance.
Repaving roads, as popularized in D.C.’s rhetoric as “putting American’s back to work,” is quite simply disingenuous. The stimulus bill was sold as an infrastructure investment–One that would leave a lasting legacy. It will not. Improvements to roads and highways by creating more efficient traffic flows and patterns by adding extra lanes, turn lanes, or straightening out curves is non-existent. The only legacy of repaving roads is the fact our children and grandchildren will be saddled with these expenses and the roads will need to be repaved again within 7 ½ to 10 years. Oh yeah, asphalt is a direct product from petroleum and we all know how Obama and his ilk hate the big bad oil companies.
So, what is Obama going to do in Columbus this week? According to the Columbus Dispatch he “will spend tonight in the 1,500-square-foot, $2,500-a-night presidential suite at the Westin Great Southern Hotel, will go to a yet-to-be identified home in Clintonville on Wednesday morning for a backyard discussion on the economy with selected families. Then, he will headline a $500-to-$2,000-per-person Downtown fundraising luncheon for Strickland at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. 4th St.”
Based on this information we’ll be hearing Wednesday evening how the Recovery Summer is rockin’! I seriously doubt anyone of those selected families to talk about the recovery will be anything but a card-carrying, Third-Way, MoveOn, democrat with no skin in the game regarding the economy.