I am dumbfounded over this. How is this supposed to repair the
international image of the US that Obama is so desperately trying to
He wants to be the global Oprah/Phil Donahue/Wayne Dyer, yet he wants
to shut out our trading partners. That should build PLENTY of good
will with the global community.
The possibility of America standing on its own two legs is long, long
passed. Without our trading partners we are screwed. We are
incapable of turning this economy around without the help of others.
With so many of our resources, and so much of our manufacturing and
construction held in the hands of just a few here in the US, I shudder
to think what the costs will be with little or no competition. I
can't stand to think of the construction giants (which themselves are
global monsters - not hometown boys) getting even fatter building
municipal buildings and highways.
Since Hosana wants to start these projects right away, no doubt using
the same financial team that has overseen the first bailout dough go
away (you know, 18 billion in bonuses, 2 million dollar office
remodels, etc.) imagine what will happen when we plunge willy-nilly
into selecting the biggest contractors to get going immediately.
Budgets? Naw.... don't need 'em. We go no competition.
Material pricing? Don't worry! Where are they gonna go? It has to
stay between us!
One of the finer points of the bill I saw in a news article said that
they are even going to ask that ALL tools be made in the USA. I
worked on a union job as an observer for the owners of a large
building at one time. They union requireed that they had ALL USA made
tools. No Makita, Hitachi, DeWalt, or PC. The only used a special
line by B&D, anything Milwaukee, and a couple of others. One day,
both circular saws that two pairs of carpenters were using. Since
their reserve saw was in use by another pair, they had none of their
own. The certified USA saw from an approved vendor was somewhere en
route from waayyy up north. So those four knotheads sat on their
hands after halfhearted looking for work for 1/2 day the first day,
all day the next, and a couple of hours on the third. Finally, two
saws came, and four men went back to work.
Now imagine that being done with your own hard earned dollars. Not to
mention that the tools cost double the amount of their international
competitors. Think what that will do.
Imagine all the tools on a job; drills, saws, sledge hammers, skid
steer loaders, back hoes, material dollies, you name it. Some of that
stuff hasn't been made here for years. I don't know that we have the
technology to build many of these machines anymore. Where does that
leave us? Rather than to get going on the projects, will there be
even more bail out money thrown out the window to start new factories
so the industry cronies can finish screwing the last nickels out of
Do you think Obama will give up his Blackberry or cell phone to keep
the "buy America" campaign going his way? After all, I am sure that
he only uses American made electronics, right?
This is just starting to get worse by the day. The arrogance and
stupidity of this whole bailout situation is getting ridiculous.