An end to raw deals from government? If Obama has his way

By the time you read this, you’ll probably have heard. From Politico. . .

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 to jobs in a smaller and modern version of FDR’s New Deal.

Nice to see that between the economic crisis and foreign entanglements, he didn’t lose sight of these issues:

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 world.”

(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.”

Don’t forget rails, Mr. PE (President-elect)!

Seems the last time a president tried to provide for the American people was LBJ (overshadowed, though, by getting a substantial number of America’s youth killed in Vietnam).

One reason Americans hate taxes so much is that we have no concept we can get anything for our deductions except war. Looks like Obama’s trying to show us that there’s more to government.

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  1. I don’t like it when people act so cynical toward government–there’s good government and bad government. Hate the bad and push for the good.

    Very true that Obama’s trying to show there’s more to government.

  2. After all I’ve written about infrastructure needs, I never saw this coming. I hope he can remain focused on it. Thanks, Russ.