On Thursday, President Obama paid a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio were he gave a speech on his jobs bill. One of the items mentioned in his jobs bill is the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge. This bridge connects Cincinnati to northern Kentucky and carries all of the traffic for Interstates I-71 and I-75.
The President said that his choosing to speak there had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with promoting his jobs bill. He went on to say:
“Now, the bridge behind us just happens to connect the state that’s home to the Speaker of the House with the home state of the Republican leader in the Senate…Just a coincidence. Purely accidental that that happened…The reason I came here is because Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are the two most powerful Republicans in government. They can either kill this jobs bill, or they can help us pass it… Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge. Help us rebuild America. Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right away.”
If you truly believe that the President’s choice to speak at the base of that bridge had nothing to do with politics, I’ll sell you that bridge and several others along with it. Interestingly, I did a little research and learned that the Brent Spence Bridge is already scheduled for replacement in the future and the President’s jobs bill may help send some funds to help pay for it, but it won’t do anything to make it happen any faster than is already planned.
The one thing he said that may hold some truth is that Boehner and McConnell may be the key factors as to whether or not Obama’s jobs bill gets passed. For the sake of the nation, I truly hope and pray that these two leaders have enough intelligence to see that the jobs bill is nothing more than a guise to raise taxes. It will not create more jobs and in fact, may actually cut jobs.
House Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader McConnell need to stand firm and reject the President’s jobs bill and not compromise in any way shape or manner like they did on the debt crisis issue in August.