Skip to main content

This blog is cross-posted at

Last week the Association of General Contractors announced that the deep cuts in federal spending known as sequestration have stopped $4 billion dollars of infrastructure work.

The radical rightwing Republicans in Congress have celebrated the budget cuts and ignored the tens of thousands of job losses, especially amongst federal workers that sequestration has caused.

In an economy like ours, sequestration is like pouring gasoline on a fire about to consume your house.

Last week, President Obama announced his intentions to create $50 billion dollars of infrastructure projects for two reasons – both of which we’ve talked about in this space:

1) because the nation’s infrastructure is dangerously eroded, it is reducing productivity and costing businesses unnecessary delays on equipment

2) to put thousands of people back to work as quickly as possible.


Money is cheap. Investment is cheap. And good Lord do we need the jobs.

In fact, the Progressive Caucus in the Congress is absolutely right when they call for $495 billion dollars of investment on infrastructure.

America does not feel like the country of my youth, which for all its many problems built the entire interstate highway system, raced into outer space, and built thousands of units of federal housing.

Last week, a Nobel Prize winning economist said our lack of investment in our country and in our people is cheating our children and grandchildren both because people need work and because the structural foundation of our country needs to be fixed now.

© Creative Commons Copyright 2013


Follow @StewartAcuff on Twitter!

Connect with Stewart Acuff on Facebook!

Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.
Get the e-book edition of Playing Bigger Than You Are for $2.99 by clicking here!

Originally posted to StewartAcuff on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:41 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site