Michelle Obama: Molding America’s Children One Menu at a Time —– bureaucratic control and socialism.

Michelle Obama: Molding America’s Children One Menu at a Time

Jeannie DeAngelis

Michelle Obama, a woman who has certainly been
‘shaped’ by what the government has provided her in the way of free meals, is
now touting the benefit of having America’s children’s bodies and minds be
manipulated by people like her husband, whose ideological bent is toward
bureaucratic control and socialism.

Mouthing words of concern over the health and well
being of school children, the First Lady said “That’s why we start with kids,
right? We can affect who they will be forever.”  These are words that should
send shivers up the spine of every concerned parent in

Think of it:
Michelle Obama’s goal is to infiltrate not only the bodies but also the minds of
children who are not hers so she and her ilk can “affect who they will be

On the South Lawn, a mere stone’s throw from where the
100 x 100 ongoing construction of a secret project
that looks like an underground bunker/possible swimming pool is taking place,
Mrs. Obama recently made her ‘nudge‘-style opinions known.  The event was a reception to
honor schools that have met the goals of the US Department of Agriculture’s
Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC), now a subsidiary of the “Let’s Move” (our
children towards the welfare rolls) initiative.

Mrs. Obama, whose daughters attend private school,
bubbled over with exuberance about the fact that the majority of American
children are in publicly-funded incubators called public schools, where liberal
teachers and policies are standing ready to restructure “habits and preferences”
in hopes of raising up a generation of proselytes.

With a concerned smile and dressed in a sleeveless
designer top, Mom Michelle disguised government control as a child-friendly
plate of crudités and hummus.

Mrs. Obama told the rapt group, “When many kids spend
half of their waking hours and get up to half their daily calories at school,
you know that with the food you serve and, more importantly, the lessons you
teach that you’re not just shaping their habits and preferences today, you’re
affecting the choices they’re going to make for the rest of their

“At the reception, Mrs. Obama praised the 1,273
schools that have doubled the number of students eating federally subsidized
meals that fit the program’s criteria.”  The first lady seemed thrilled about
the increased additions to the entitlement rolls because, as she said, “That’s
why we start with kids, right?”

Mrs. Obama praised the Burlington Elementary School of
North Dakota, where she said the “teachers eat two USDA-approved meals a day
with the students.”

Praising those teachers who voluntarily eat “breakfast
and lunch with students every single day,” Mrs. Obama applauded the hovering
menu monitors by saying, “Now, that’s a sacrifice. You know it. That’s

According to Mrs. Obama, “the beauty is, is that
you’re not just making this generation of kids healthier, but the next
generation as well. And that is truly, truly powerful stuff.”

The First Lady reassured the teachers who’ve dedicated
themselves to supplementing indoctrination during feeding time by saying,
“You’re affecting not just how these kids feed themselves, but how they’re going
to feed their own children,” which, if all goes according to plan, the
government can also one day mold into government-controlled mechanical

The First Lady expressed joy that children “trained”
in these schools are having a beneficial effect on their families, saying,
“They’re changing the way they think about their health and they’re trickling
that information down to their families.”  Mom and Dad beware — God forbid one
of you should indulge in an unwholesome treat under the watchful eye of Junior.
Who knows, the next day, these trickle-down kids may be asked to
report aberrant
behavior to Michelle’s brigade of meal monitors.

Granted, helping kids and their families make
healthier food choices is an admirable goal on the part of the first lady.
However, a problem arises when liberals are in charge and make broad, vague
statements that seem to connect lunch and life choices.

Choices like: not worrying about birth control because
just like free lunch, free condoms are also government-funded and available at
school. How about the “right to privacy” and the choice to disregard the moral
direction of parents?  Or the message to relax because if that complimentary
condom should happen to fail, someone in the guidance office will gladly drive
any girl over the age of 11 to the nearest available abortion clinic, just as
soon as she downs that government-approved carton of low-fat milk.
reiterated that “we” (whoever that is) “can affect who they (we know who “they”
are) will be forever.”

The whole emphasis on the government guiding food
choices is troubling, because discussion over healthy food has the potential to
be the perfect entree for liberals to commission public schools to prod,
persuade and hold sway over other areas such as faith, political affiliation,
and morality. With that in mind, Michelle Obama’s insistence on depositing
government-funded “free” food into the stomachs of America’s children, perhaps
in hopes of transporting liberal philosophy into their hearts, should alarm any
American whose child eats breakfast and lunch in a public

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Election Fraud Watch:Did Obama Submit Phony Ballot Petitions in 2008?

Ben Johnson,The White House Watch

A former Democratic governor of Indiana says a petition to place Barack Obama
on the state ballot during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary is not
his,raising the question of voter
. Former Governor Joe Kernan,a
at all,”when the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune asked if the
signature,which helped qualify Obama for the ballot,belonged to him.

The newspaper reports it has spoken to at least 40 other people in St. Joseph
County,Indiana,whose names erroneously appear on petitions for either Obama or
his primary opponent,Hillary Clinton.

Indiana requires
those running for statewide office to collect 4,500 signatures from registered
voters,500 from each congressional district,before their names may appear on the
ballot for voters’consideration.

Local newspapers have reported the names appear to be copied from signatures
submitted for another statewide candidate that year.

Eric Holcomb,the Republican Party chairman for the state of Indiana,has
demanded a federal investigation,asking,“How deep does this problem go?”Indiana
Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said he wholeheartedly concurs. “Even an
isolated instance of misconduct,by one individual among the hundreds of
volunteers working to collect signatures for the candidates,should be thoroughly
investigated,and we support such an inquiry,”he insisted.

Allegations of voter fraud continue to dog Democrats in general and Barack
Obama,in particular. Catherine Engelbrecht,a founder of the Texas-based “True
the Vote,”investigated the Texas Democratic presidential primaries in 2008 and

There was no one checking IDs,judges would vote for people that asked for
help. It was fraud,and we watched like deer in the headlights…

The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters
in them [a common red flag for voter fraud]…Vacant lots had several voters
registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters
registered at its address.

Andrea “Andi”Pringle,a former aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray,resigned from
her post after admitting
she fraudulently voted in the Washington,D.C.,primary,although she is registered
to vote in Montgomery County,Maryland.

Lessadolla Sowers,a member of the executive board of the Tunica
County,Mississippi,NAACP,received five years in prison for voting 10 times in
other people’s names.

But these cases are the exception. The vast majority of fraud goes unchecked.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler revealed
in March that 12,000 non-citizens were registered to vote in the state,and 5,000
had non-citizens voted in the 2010 election.

Election fraud has consequences. The conservative group Minnesota Majority discovered last summer that….

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Warren Buffett, the Keystone Pipeline, and Crony Capitalism

Warren Buffett, the Keystone Pipeline, and Crony Capitalism

By Joe

A decades-long crusade by the environmental left to
convince us that oil is evil, unsustainable, and destroying our planet has yet
to accomplish its goal of eliminating oil as a fuel, but it has succeeded in
making oil damned expensive.  However, new technologies for the extraction and
transport of previously unrecoverable oil promise to reverse that

One such project is the TransCanada Keystone XL
pipeline, which will transport bitumen from the oil sands of Alberta to the
refineries and ports along the Gulf coast.  It will also feature a spur that
will pick up oil from the vast Bakken oil formation in North Dakota.  The
benefit to our economy and energy security is obvious.

I live in Nebraska, one of the states that will be
host to a segment of the pipeline. We have witnessed a remarkably contentious
debate locally regarding the construction of the Keystone XL, revealing some
rather disturbing attitudes regarding truth and its role in public discourse.  I
suppose it was naïve to think that the wild-eyed excesses of the radical leftist
environmental movement would find little purchase in the commonsense plains of
Nebraska, but the insupportable claims and charges being tossed about by the
anti-pipeline crowd have proven that green insanity can take root even in our
generally sensible state.

The opposition, led most loudly by a group called BOLD
Nebraska, claims a catastrophic risk of contamination to the Ogallala aquifer
should the pipeline suffer a breach.  The aquifer underlies virtually all of
Nebraska, and several other states, and supplies drinking water and irrigation
to millions of people.  It is understandable that reasonable people would
express concern over potential hazards to such a valuable resource, and it is
this reasonable concern that BOLD Nebraska is exploiting with a combination of
half-truths, innuendo, and outright lies.

As required by law, an Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) has been prepared for this project.  The science reflected in the
statement is sound, and it illustrates a comprehensive examination of the
project’s effects, likely risks, and reasonable alternatives.  The EIS arrives
at a conclusion supported by recognized scientific method and was conducted by
top experts in their fields.  The proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline
is, in fact, the safest of the available routes.

The reality of the geology and hydrology underlying
the proposed pipeline route precludes any wholesale contamination of the
aquifer.  To understand why, it is important to understand what an aquifer is —
and what it isn’t.  It is a geological formation that is structured in
such a way as to hold water in quantity.  It is not an “underground
lake.”  It is a vast filter system consisting of layer upon layer of sedimentary
rock, silt, clay, and sand that in Nebraska lies much closer to the surface on
the western portion of the aquifer than on the eastern

For this reason, the water flow within the aquifer is
easterly, making it a physical impossibility for any oil leaked along the
proposed route to flow “uphill” to the 75%-80% of the aquifer that lies to the
west of the pipeline.  Additionally, both the oil and the chemical additives
that make it easier to pump are lighter than water and would not emulsify.
Leaked oil will simply migrate toward the nearest substrate, remaining

This is according to Professor James Goeke, a
hydro-geologist who retired from the University of Nebraska earlier this year
after a forty-year career of studying the Ogallala aquifer and the Sand Hills
region that overlies it.  He is the foremost expert on the aquifer,
and he informs us that the geological structure of the formation precludes any
possibility that oil could travel for more than a few hundred feet in any
direction before encountering substrate.  Quite simply, the aquifer and the land
above it are not in any real danger from this project.

Given that the science clearly shows the that pipeline
opposition is persisting in perpetuating a demonstrable falsehood, it is
reasonable to question the opposition’s motives.  According to their own website
postings and
editorializing in
newspapers across the nation, their ultimate aim is not to reroute the pipeline,
but rather to halt its construction now and forever.  The thinking is, if the
pipeline is halted, then the oil will stay in the ground, thereby protecting the
earth from the ravages of such a “filthy fuel.”  Their tactic is to suggest a
simple rerouting around the aquifer for the sake of safety.

The environmentalists well know that changing the
route at this stage will result in the invalidation of the existing EIS (the
real aim of the protests), thereby creating a need to begin the entire process
anew.  This time, leftists are confident that they will be able to demagogue and
politicize that process sufficiently to preclude another approval, resulting in
the exercise of a “green veto” despite the clear conclusions of sound

So what happens if the pipeline is never built?  Well,
to fully explore that, it is instructive to look at the players in this game.
One can find the usual suspects among the hysterical left: Hollywood
environmentalists such as Daryl Hannah and progressive agenda-driven scientists
like global-warming alarmist James Hansen of NASA.  These, however, are merely
the “useful idiots” in the process, and not the actual players.  I mentioned
BOLD Nebraska earlier.  This group is funded almost entirely by Dick Holland,
who has been a close friend and business associate of Warren Buffett since the

Holland was an original investor in Buffett’s
Berkshire Hathaway, and the two have remained close friends ever since.  Buffett
and Holland also share a similar political philosophy, both being liberal
Democrats, with Holland giving exclusively to the Democratic Party.  So why does
this matter?  It potentially answers a few questions about the recent behavior
of Buffett and Obama, and perhaps the real reason behind the Nebraska-centric
animus toward the pipeline.

A year after the election of Obama, Warren Buffett
bought a giant railroad, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
The BNSF has more than 32,000 miles of track and
right-of-way in this nation, running from the west coast and through the
agricultural heartland of America.  It is also hauls coal from the mines in
Montana and Wyoming and is the railroad with the best existing north-south
infrastructure.  In fact, it’s quite well-situated to perform precisely the task
for which TransCanada has proposed to build a pipeline.

Should the pipeline fail, the oil will still be
extracted, but it will then
be transported by rail
and Mr. Buffett, thanks to the efforts of his friend Mr. Holland, will be
uniquely situated to derive a fortune from that business, as well as enhance the
value of his holdings in Conoco-Phillips petroleum.  Is it possible that Warren
Buffett’s assistance to Obama in both policy and public relations lately may be
his way of trying to tip the regulatory scales in his favor?  After all, nothing
says “I love you” to a Democrat better than a public plea for more

In any case, the opposition to the pipeline is not
only tainted, but intellectually and scientifically bankrupt.  BOLD Nebraska are
correct when they screech that there is an agenda being served here, but it is
not big oil, environmentalism, or even green energy; it appears to be
garden-variety crony capitalism, an Obama administration

The author writes from Omaha, NE and welcomes comments
at his website http://www.readmorejoe.com

WHO Obama threatened ! !


WHO Obama threatened ! !

From now thru November 2012 this should be required weekly, or at

least monthly, reading – BY ALL WHO VOTE!!!

“Did you notice WHO Obama threatened when he wasn’t getting his way on

raising the debt ceiling?

He threatened to not pay: Social Security Retirees, Military Retirees,

Social Security disability and Federal Retirees.

He did not threaten to stop payments & benefits to illegal aliens.

He did not threaten to not pay foreign aid.

He did not threaten to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access

away from violent inmates.

He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal

employees that he hired.

He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife’s frivolous gallivanting


He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any

of their staff.

He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients.

He did not threaten the food stamp programs.

He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.

The list could go on and on.

He is in full political re-election mode!

Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with

his selfishness and his lies? His type of change is killing our

country. He needs to be stopped and only our votes can stop him.

“Do not forget about his tactics when it’s election time. Vote Obama

out of the Presidency in 2012”.



President’s socialist takeover must be stopped

Well, well looks like there may be a storm       cloud on the horizon for Obama… keep your fingers crossed that this all       comes true.
FINALLY — SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA HAS STATED THE       OBVIOUS.    Please share widely!!!  Perhaps other writers       will grow SPINES.   A strong article and hopefully not the       last public newspaper to do so.

President’s socialist takeover must       be stopped
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The Washington Times

President Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and       misdemeanors. The Democratic majority in Congress is in peril as Americans       reject his agenda. Yet more must be done: Mr. Obama should be       impeached.

He is slowly – piece by painful piece – erecting a       socialist dictatorship. We are not there – yet. But he is putting America       on that dangerous path. He is undermining our constitutional system of       checks and balances; subverting democratic procedures and the rule of law;       presiding over a corrupt, gangster regime; and assaulting the very pillars       of traditional capitalism. Like Venezuela ‘s leftist strongman, Hugo       Chavez, Mr. Obama is bent on imposing a revolution from above – one that       is polarizing America along racial, political and ideological lines. Mr.       Obama is the most divisive president since Richard Nixon. His policies are       Balkanizing the country. It’s time for him to go.

He has abused his       office and violated his oath to uphold the Constitution. His health care       overhaul was rammed through Congress. It was – and remains – opposed by a       majority of the people. It could only be passed through bribery and       political intimidation. The Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback,       the $5 billion Medicaid set-aside for Florida Sen. Bill Nelson – taxpayer       money was used as a virtual slush fund to buy swing votes. Moreover, the       law is blatantly unconstitutional: The federal government does not have       the right to coerce every citizen to purchase a good or service. This is       not in the Constitution, and it represents an unprecedented expansion of       power.

Mr. Obama is waging a frontal assault on property rights.       The BP oil spill is a case in point. BP clearly is responsible for the       spill and its massive economic and environmental damage to the Gulf. There       is a legal process for claims to be adjudicated, but Mr. Obama has behaved       more like Mr. Chavez or Russia ‘s Vladimir Putin: He has bullied BP into       setting up a $20 billion compensation fund administered by an Obama       appointee. In other words, the assets of a private company are to be       raided to serve a political agenda. Billions will be dispensed arbitrarily       in compensation to oil-spill victims – much of it to Democratic       constituents. This is cronyism and creeping authoritarianism.

Mr.       Obama’s multicultural socialism seeks to eradicate traditional America .       He has created a command-and-control health care system. He has       essentially nationalized the big banks, the financial sector, the       automakers and the student loan industry. He next wants to pass       “cap-and-trade,” which would bring industry and manufacturing under the       heel of big government. The state is intervening in every aspect of       American life – beyond its constitutionally delegated bounds. Under Mr.       Obama, the Constitution has become a meaningless scrap of paper.

To       provide the shock troops for his socialist takeover, Mr. Obama calls for       “comprehensive immigration reform” – granting amnesty to 12 million to 20       million illegal aliens. This would forge a permanent Democratic electoral       majority. It would sound the death knell for our national sovereignty.       Amnesty rewards lawlessness and criminal behavior; it signifies the       surrender of our porous southern border to a massive illegal invasion. It       means the death of American nationhood. We will no longer be a country,       but the colony of a global socialist empire.

Rather than defending       our homeland, Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has sued Arizona for its       immigration law. He is siding with criminals against his fellow Americans.       His actions desecrate his constitutional oath to protect U.S. citizens       from enemies foreign and domestic. He is thus encouraging more illegal       immigration as Washington refuses to protect our borders. Mr. Obama’s       decision on this case is treasonous.

As president, he is supposed       to respect the rule of law. Instead, his administration has dropped       charges of voter intimidation against members of the New Black Panther       Party. This was done even though their menacing behavior was caught on       tape: men in military garb brandishing clubs and threatening whites at a       polling site. A Justice Department lawyer intimately involved in the case,       J. Christian Adams, resigned in protest. Mr. Adams says that under Mr.       Obama, there is a new policy: Cases involving black defendants and white       victims – no matter how much they cry for justice – are not to be       prosecuted. This is more than institutionalized racism. It is an       abrogation of civil rights laws. The Justice Department’s behavior is       illegal.. It poses a direct threat to the integrity of our democracy and       the sanctity of our electoral process.

The gun running of “fast and       furious” and continuing attempt to cover up, pass the blame and hide from       the responsibility by Obama and Holder is indicative of Obama’s       ignoring  the Constitution and his lawlessness. It was undoubtedly an       effort to create a public outcry for more gun control. In my opinion, his       plan also was to cause chaos for the Mexican citizens by letting the guns       go into the drug cartels’ hands and terrorize the Mexican citizens.       Forcing them to flee north across the border. Which would create a need       for a refugee program for the fleeing Mexicans. Hence, an urgent need for       amnesty for the sudden influx of illegal immigrants.       dwr.

Corruption in the administration is rampant. Washington no       longer has a government; rather, it has a gangster regime. The Chicago way       has become the Washington way. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a political       hit man.. He is an amoral, ruthless operator. It was Mr. Emanuel who       reached out to Rep. Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, offering a       high-ranking job in the hopes of persuading Mr. Sestak to pull out of the       primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. It was Mr. Emanuel who offered another       government position to Andrew Romanoff to do the same in the Colorado       Democratic Senate primary. And it was Mr. Emanuel – as the trial of former       Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has revealed – who acted as the go-between       to try to have Valerie Jarrett parachuted into Mr. Obama’s former Senate       seat. The only question was: What did Mr. Blagojevich want in       exchange?

This is not simply sleazy Chicago machine politics. It is       the systematic breaking of the law – bribery, attempt to interfere (and       manipulate) elections using taxpayer-funded jobs, influence peddling and       abuse of power.

The common misperception on the right is that Mr.       Obama is another Jimmy Carter: an incompetent liberal whose presidency is       being reduced to rubble under the onslaught of repeated failures. The very       opposite, however, is true. He is the most consequential president in our       lifetime, transforming America into something our Founding Fathers would       find not only unrecognizable, but repugnant. Like all radical       revolutionaries, he is consumed by the pursuit of power – attaining it,       wielding it and maximizing it. Mr.. Obama’s fledgling thug state must be       stopped.

It is more crucial now than ever that the leadership in       the House instigate a committee to investigate every aspect of Obama’s       administration, his cabinet and his czars. He will stop at nothing, we the       people should stop at nothing and turn over every stone Obama has placed       to bury our Constitution. dwr.

If Republicans win back Congress in       November, they should – and likely will – launch formal investigations       into this criminal, scandal-ridden administration. Rep. Darrell Issa,       California Republican and ranking member of the Oversight and Government       Reform Committee, has promised as much. Mr. Obama has betrayed the       American people. Impeachment is the only answer.. This usurper must       fall.

free goodies

I have never heard this said as plain or as well. Class war at its best.




The folks who are getting the free goodies, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Because the folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Can no longer afford to pay for both the free goodies and their own goodies,


The folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Want the free goodies to stop.

and the the folks who are getting the free goodies,

Want even more free goodies on top of the free goodies they are already getting!

Now… The people who are forcing the people who Pay for the free goodies,

Have told the people who are RECEIVING the free goodies,

That the people who are PAYING for the free goodies,

Are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So… the people who are GETTING the free goodies,

Have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free goodies,

By the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free goodies,

And giving them the free goodies in the first place.

We have let the free goodies giving go on for so long that there are

Now more people getting free goodies than paying for the free goodies.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide

somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing

people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now

getting free goodies outnumbers the people paying for the free goodies. We have one chance to change that

in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.




A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!

Let’s Take a Stand!!!

Obama: Gone!

Borders: Closed!

Language: English only

Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!

NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

We the people are coming!

Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%. What will you do?

Republicans Criticize Obama Trip to Ohio Bridge Years From Being ‘Shovel-Ready’

Republicans Criticize Obama Trip to Ohio Bridge Years From Being  ‘Shovel-Ready’


Published September 22, 2011 | FoxNews.com


Republicans criticized President  Obama ahead of his visit Thursday to a bridge in Cincinnati, saying the  project he’s using as a backdrop to the public push for a new jobs  bill is going forward with or without the stimulus package.

GOP lawmakers also noted the project is at least four years from being  shovel-ready and questioned why the president was holding his event on the Ohio  side since the bridge is owned by Kentucky.

“But I respect his decision in a presidential year to do it on the Cincinnati  side of the river considering the Ohio electoral votes,” Rep. Geoff Davis,  R-Ky., quipped.

Davis and other Republicans acknowledged the importance of the bridge for  people traveling between Ohio and Covington, Ky. But they said the stimulus bill  won’t necessarily help the project along in the near-term.

“The Brent Spence Bridge is technically not a shovel-ready project,” Davis  told Fox News.

The Republican  National Committee pointed to reporting from FOX 19 in Cincinnati noting that even if the  federal government contributes $1.9 billion, another $500 million from state and  local authorities would still be needed. The project so far has only $90 million  to its name.

With full funding,  requirements like environmental studies would still push ground-breaking off for  another four years.

“Obama’s stimulus rhetoric fails to span the gap to Realityville,” the RNC  said in a memo.

On the Senate floor Thursday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch  McConnell complained that the administration was trying to use controversial  stimulus proposals to fund infrastructure projects that should already be  funded.

“The president made the same promises when he was selling his first  stimulus,” McConnell said.

In a letter to Obama, Davis and Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, who represents the  other side of the bridge, thanked him for his interest but urged him to instead  throw his support behind a bill that would “stop the federal government from  imposing excessive regulations on cement manufacturers that threaten thousands  of American jobs.” They noted he would be near a concrete plant Thursday  afternoon.

The bill, which passed out of committee Wednesday, is headed for a floor vote  in the coming weeks. It would stop regulation that Republicans say will cost business  millions of dollars annually in compliance costs, and could lead to the  shut-down of as many as a dozen plants.

But environmentalists and others are opposed to the bill. Earth Justice said  in a statement that the bill would erode Clean Air Act protections against some  of the nation’s “worst polluters” by stripping restrictions on emissions from  cement companies. The group said the bill would encourage the companies “to burn tires,  plastics and other wastes without controlling or monitoring the resulting  pollution.”

Regarding the trip to the Ohio bridge, the White  House says Obama’s visit isn’t political, calling the bridge “functionally  obsolete.”

“It desperately needs rebuilding, as do substandard roads and bridges all  across America,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said. “As the two most  powerful Republicans in Washington, Speaker Boehner and Senator (Mitch)  McConnell can either kill this jobs bill or help the president pass it right  away.

“Instead of looking for every excuse to justify doing nothing about the  damaged infrastructure in their states, we believe it’s in their interest and  the country’s interest to act as soon as possible and put people back to  work.”

Obama and others argue that the  government has a responsibility to fix America’s crumbling bridges, pointing  to the country’s decaying infrastructure as a symptom of lagging competitiveness  globally. The group Americans United for Change referenced a report claiming the  president’s bill would ensure thousands of structurally deficient bridges would  be safe, in pushing Congress to pass the package.

McConnell said Wednesday Obama’s visit to the bridge isn’t fooling  anyone.

“President Obama may think the best way to distract people from the  challenges we face is to stand near a bridge in a swing state and pit one group  of Americans against another, and hope his critics look bad if they don’t go  along with him,” he said on the Senate floor. “But I don’t think he’s fooling  anybody.”

Chabot said that while he supporting funding for the bridge, the issue  shouldn’t be used to rally support for the president’s $450 billion stimulus  bill. “The first stimulus didn’t work and we don’t need another one,” he  said.

The bridge, built in 1963, has long been in the sights of federal officials  looking to renovate the stretch along Interstate 75, which the Federal Highway  Administration says is long overdue for renovation to accommodate massive growth  in the region over the years.

Analysis for the bridge repair began in earnest this year after initial  drawings were submitted in April 2010. This month the FHA was to begin taking  public comment. The FHA construction schedule lists its start time in 2015, with  an estimated completion date of 2022.

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