Stimulus Round 2: Obama to Speak on Economy

Posted: Feb 03, 2012 7:37 AM

Members of President Obama's administration have suggested for months that we pass a second stimulus because the first boondogle failure just "wasn't enough." Now, Obama plans to use firefighters and veterans as political pawns by suggesting the government develop a conservation program where they can work.

President Barack Obama is to visit a state-of-the-art fire station in a Washington suburb on Friday.

The president will speak about the economy at Fire Station No. 5 in Arlington, Va. in the late morning.

He's expected to propose a new conservation program that would put veterans to work rebuilding trails, roads and levees on public lands. He's also expected to announce the administration will seek additional grant money for programs that allow local communities to hire more police officers and firefighters.

The Arlington County Fire Department says Station No. 5 is the first in the region to feature individual accommodations to better serve the increasing number of female firefighters. It's also a "green building," with many energy-saving features.