CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday that he wants to revive the economy and create jobs by upgrading roads, schools and energy efficiency in a public-works program whose scale has been unseen since construction of the interstate highway system in the 1950s.
He offered no price estimate for the grand plan, how the money might be divided or the effect on the country's financial health at a time of burgeoning deficits.
The ideas were outlined in the weekly radio address the day after the government reported that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years. They are part of a vision for a massive economy recovery plan Obama wants Congress to pass and have waiting on his desk when he takes office Jan. 20.
The president-elect's address never once used the word "spend," relying instead on "invest" or "investments," and pledging wise stewardship of taxpayer money in upgrading roads and schools, and making public buildings more energy-efficient.
Dear President Obama:
How long does it take for a road project to go from planning, to land acquisition, to design, to contracting, to land prep, to actual construction?
Where I live the Environmental lobby stands strongly against the addition of more roads. More roads mean more cars and more sprawl in their view. Possibly you can use your positive influence upon them to make them drop their lawsuits and go along for the good of the nation?
Tell these people who supported you that they are "cynics" if they stand in the way of your plans. This tactic hadn't worked with other politicians but they were not "That One".