Thursday, January 8, 2009

[President-elect] Obama to unveil stimulus spending plan (today)

Although futures point to a down opening there have been tradable intra-day upmoves prior to/duringthe President-elect's speeches and this is a biggie.
From Bloomberg:

Obama Warns of Irreversible Economic Decline Without Action
President-elect Barack Obama warned that without immediate steps by the government to revive the economy, family incomes will drop, the unemployment rate could reach “double digits” and the U.S. risks losing a “generation of potential and promise.”

In excerpts of a speech he’s scheduled to give today at 11 a.m. New York time in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, Obama says that while the cost of his economic recovery plan will add to a deficit already projected to exceed $1 trillion, he “won’t just throw money at our problems.”

“It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth,” Obama will say. “But at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.”

Obama’s speech, which aides billed as a “major” economic address, is part of a broader pitch to Congress and the American public as he works on selling his $775 billion, two-year economic stimulus plan to pull the U.S. out of a recession. While the excerpts released by his transition office didn’t provide specifics of the plan, advisers said the full speech would expand on previously reported elements....MUCH MORE

From CNN Money:

Obama to lobby public on stimulus