The Blueprint to Building a Lasting Economy

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Tonight Americans will hear about moving forward with an economy that is “built to last” at the Democratic National Convention.  No doubt anyone watching will hear plenty about how the President has focused his energy on expanding the middle class – from saving the auto industry to ensuring America has the world’s finest transportation system and infrastructure.

This is not just election year rhetoric. As the President said two years ago, on Sept. 8, 2010, in Milwaukee:   “I have announced a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America’s roads and rails and runways for the long-term. I want America to have the best infrastructure in the world. We used to have the best infrastructure in the world, and we can have it again. We can make it happen.”

For transportation workers and users, there is a lot at stake in this election—re-electing a president with a transportation vision, or electing one who has endorsed the worst transportation budget in history that would ruin an already stressed transportation system and slash 500,000 jobs a year.

Come November, voters need to know exactly what President Obama has done to rebuild our economy and our neglected transportation infrastructure, including passing the single largest transportation stimulus package in history that created and saved 2.5 million jobs.  The President tried to do much more such as pass the American Jobs Act but it was blocked by the House and Senate GOP, including Rep. Paul Ryan.

As we said earlier this week, there are 10 things you should know about Obama’s transportation accomplishments.

All Americans, especially transportation workers, should know about these accomplishments.  They demonstrate the President’s commitment to transportation workers and to the users of our transportation system who grow tired of inaction as congestion and aging infrastructure choke our economy, stunt job growth and make America less competitive.

Indeed, as we heard in Tampa last week, Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan want to change things, but at what cost to America?

Be sure to review the 10 things about the President’s transportation achievements.  If you care about the economy, the mobility of people and goods, and the creation of middle-class jobs, the choice is obvious.

 -@EdWytkind

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