Cavuto to Rosa DeLauro: I have no idea what you are talking about

In the old days this would be called a lesson in “double talk.” Before the age of information the main stream media would let DeLauro get away with kind of crap. But alas …. we will not. Neil asks a simple question … does the new infrastructure bank require that anyone who borrows from it use union labor on their projects. Bueller? Bueller?

If you’re no familiar with the bill, no worries, not too many other people are either. This has garnered almost no news coverage. It’s a revival of a similar bill proposed by Congressswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Chuck Hagel (remember him?) 3 years ago. Revived by Barry O:

Central to the plan is the president’s call for an “infrastructure bank,” which would be run by the government but would pool tax dollars with private investment, the White House says. …

Indeed, some leading proponents of such a bank — including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican of California; Gov. Ed Rendell, Democrat of Pennsylvania; and Michael R. Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York — would like to see it finance a broader range of projects, including water and clean-energy projects. They say such a bank would spur innovation by allowing a panel of experts to approve projects on merit, rather than having lawmakers simply steer transportation money back home.

But it also includes a provision that would force projects to, essentially, hire union labor. I think. I don’t know. And neither does Neil. In fact Cavuto tried, over and over again, to get her to answer the question and DeLauro just babbles about leverage and windmills or something. Worth the look for its entertainment value alone. Bueller?


Davis-Bacon by the way is an ancient outdated law from the 30’s that requires a government bid project pay workers a prevailing wage and benefits. Union!

Oh, now might be a nice time to play this one.


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  1. Steve M on September 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Nice convenient way to hide even more of our tax dollars flowing into Washington. A program like this seems to be the total opposite of transparency … and completely unconstitutional as well. Most of the infrastructure in the United States – including stuff like crumbling water systems – are the responsibility of the states and local communities. But those local leaders saw the writing on the wall and knew they could eventually get funding from the feds if they continued to avoid fixing the problems … remember the New Orleans levee funds pre-Katrina? Pretty soon, a stop sign will fall over and the local transportation department will be waiting for a check from Obama to fix it.

  2. TomL on September 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    If you can't dazzle them with brilliance then you baffle them with BS. There my friends is a professional Bs'er. Connecticuts own card carrying member of the Socialist Party.

  3. PatRiot on September 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I am doing my own homework because i am beginning to "Question Authority"

    Not a plug –  but a resource for those of you looking for an alternative to Mrs. DeLauro

  4. Odonna on September 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    As my long-suffering husband would say, is that "Yes" or "No"–?

  5. Linda Mae on September 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Rosa is suffering from living with her husband – strategist Greenberg and Rahm Immanuel – if he still lives with them.  Plus, she suffers from membership in the American Socialist Party.  I bet she also advocates Card Check which actually robs workers of their right to a private secret ballot when being asked to join a union.  Plus she is still suffering from her trip with Nancy and her hubbie and John Larson – don't know who he took – when they enjoyed their trip to Italy minutes after the stimulus bill was signed.  Nancy enjoyed her visit with the Pope – who knows what John and Laura were up to.  They did go to a meeting – trade?- in order to make us pay for it.  Rosa is swimming with big fish.  Too bad.

  6. Plainvillian on September 17, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Is it any wonder that the majority of Americans distrust, dislike, and want to change Congress?

  7. Dimsdale on September 17, 2010 at 4:57 am

    The best part was the smug, self satisfying smile on DeLauro's face at the end, where she thinks she pulled the wool over Cavuto's eyes.  Clearly, she knows neither him nor his audience.


    I didn't know you could hoist yourself on your own petard when your head was up your hindquarters.   I guess you can.

  8. ctbuckeye80 on September 17, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Well if this was one of the other 'drive by media' people she could have just gone on and on and on….. and gotten away with the mumbo jumbo. I love Neil!

  9. Dimsdale on September 19, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Listening to that was like driving behind one of those liquified manure trucks: no matter how far back you get, you still know it is full of ***t.

  10. NH-Jim on September 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    What is that strange noise I hear?

    Buzzsaws and jackhammers chipping away along the Connecticut borders to drop Connecticut into Long Island Sound?

    If this is what we send to Washington, the country will have nothing to do with us.

    Reminds me of that ole routine:

    Costello: Well then who's on first?

    Abbott: Yes.

    Costello: I mean the fellow's name.

    Abbott: Who.

    Costello: The guy on first.

    Abbott: Who.

    Costello: The first baseman.

    Abbott: Who.

    Costello: The guy playing…

    Abbott: Who is on first!………….


  11. Lynn on September 21, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Someone has written them a playbook. The operative word here is inclusiveness. That means if you question too hard about the Unions being the true benefactors of this bill, you are the Party of No and divisive.

  12. Lynn on September 21, 2010 at 2:57 am

    PatRiot, You have the right idea! Go Jerry. You can't just yell and write nasty things on the computer, you have to work the system.


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