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President Obama delivered a speech this afternoon outlining his administration's budget proposals for American infrastructure repair and modernization.
One of the most difficult things about the financial crisis we went through was the housing bubble bursting, and construction workers were hammered harder than just about anybody.  And while we’ve cut the unemployment rate for construction workers almost in half since 2010, too many are still looking for jobs at a time when we've got so much that we could put them to work on rebuilding.  We’ve got ports that aren’t ready for the next generation of supertankers.  We’ve got more than 100,000 bridges that are old enough to qualify for Medicare. [...]

Now, other countries are not waiting to rebuild their infrastructure.  They’re trying to out-build us today so they can out-compete us tomorrow.  As a percentage of GDP, countries like China, Germany, they’re spending about twice what we're spending in order to build infrastructure -- because they know that if they have the fastest trains on the planet or the highest-rated airports or the busiest, most efficient ports that businesses will go there.

A transcript of the speech can be found here, and a White House-provided fact sheet here. The four year, $302 billion proposal will require action on the part of Congress.

Despite the frequent warnings as to the dire state of national transportation infrastructure, Congress has been as lackadaisical about transportation funding as with most other budget requirements. The CBO estimates that maintaining current infrastructure alone will cost $279 billion over the next four years, far above the levels currently allocated; the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates a more thorough modernization would take at least $3.6 trillion. The administration proposal would reinfuse the near-empty Highway Trust Fund and includes $150 billion in one-time expenditures taken from not yet specified "pro-growth business tax reform" measures, sure to be a bone of Republican contention.

Also highlighted in the speech: $600 million in "Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery" (TIGER) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. These are competitive grants, intended to be disbursed to state and local projects. The TIGER program has previously disbursed $3.5 billion in infrastructure grants; this additional funding was allocated by the January budget deal.

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  •  "Lackadaisical"? (19+ / 0-)

    You're waaaaay too kind. How about criminally negligent?

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:33:20 PM PST

  •  As Soon As The Parasitical Koch's Can Benefit (4+ / 0-)

    The GOP will be onboard--actually, because of their own anti-government, private sector can do everything rhetoric--they probably can't.

    This is a party that is literally against any progress as a reflex!

    No wonder our nation's standard of living is dropping faster than Miley's drawers!

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    by Johnny Wendell on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:33:52 PM PST

    •  Funny thing is... (2+ / 0-)
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      antirove, stagemom

      the GOP is too lost in their 'hate Obama' rhetoric to realize that that $302 billion will be spent by the govt. on hiring PRIVATE CONTRACTORS to do the feckin' work.  DOH! to the umpteenth power.

      Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
      I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

      by watercarrier4diogenes on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:00:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Kochs don't think ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that it's government's place to build roads.  Let the private sector build the roads, bridges & tunnels, and recoup their investment via toll collection.  Then, we can set the tolls prohibitively high, so that there will be fewer puny commuters trying to get to their quaint and meaningless little "jobs", and interfering with the tandem tractor-trailers that carry OUR goods to market.

      How YOU get to said market to BUY their products is, obviously, YOUR problem.

      OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

      by mstaggerlee on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:47:17 AM PST

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  •  Hopefully not in the same place (5+ / 0-)

    shown in the photo, which just had lanes added like 5 years ago at some great cost.  And the traffic there still sucks.

    I wonder have they thought about the inevitability of self-driving vehicles and whether expanding road infrastructure is the wisest expenditure of funds?

    I'm thinking smarter to have a nationwide water distribution and sewage treatment system.

    "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

    by Publius2008 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:37:06 PM PST

  •  wars (4+ / 0-)
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    Publius2008, Superpole, Choco8, Chi

    America has wars to fight and to police the world. it is in their DNA.

    Every empire has succumbed to such DNA.

    Every empire thought is was above history. none have been yet.

    The war machine in America cannot be attuned as it would cause massive job loss and decline of wealth. now Americans have an intelligence complex that cannot be detuned.

  •  Like the Stimulus a few years back (3+ / 0-)
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    The Termite, JrCrone, cablecargal

    Way too little money for the job that needs to be done.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:37:41 PM PST

  •  That ASCE figure was around $2.4 Trillion... (3+ / 0-)
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    The Termite, Albanius, Chi

    ...prior to the 2008 Election, IIRC. I suspect this updated cost estimate is in no small part a combination of more pieces of our Infrastructure "qualifying" to be on the list and the stuff already on the list being in even more dire straits, thus even more expensive to now bring up to speed.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:41:47 PM PST

  •  My goodness (4+ / 0-)

    ...does Obama KNOW we might have to give up a single fighter jet to afford it?

    America, we can do better than this...

    by Randomfactor on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:43:39 PM PST

  •  NO.....No.....no (2+ / 0-)
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    jdsnebraska, Sharon Wraight

    absolutely NOT.

    Because: Benghazi

    or IRS

    or 2nd Amendment

    or Obamacare

    or ....................

    for those that might think this is serious.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

    by Da Rock on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:44:52 PM PST

  •  Small ball (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Egalitare, Superpole, JrCrone

    But I'd rather play small ball than watch the world fall apart.

  •  I guess we're going to stay on the current (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Termite, Superpole, Albanius, Chi, Dretutz

    path where broadband is managed by plutocrat overlords when it could added rather cheaply to these other projects.

    "I feel badly about the kids," the unknown person said. "I guess." [but] "They are [only] the children of Buono voters," Wildstein replied.

    by plok on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:45:30 PM PST

  •  Outrage Over Hagel The Other Day (3+ / 0-)
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    Superpole, henrythefifth, jdsnebraska

    Modest cuts in the size of the military and official DC/their handmaidens in the media go into conniption mode.

    This is what you're up against when even a small homeland infrastructure bill is introduced--less cash for the weapons manufacturers is an absolute no no to them.

    we really are approaching the moment when it's gotta be like the Ukraine or Venezuela, otherwise, these sanguine fuckers would budge an inch.

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    by Johnny Wendell on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:46:12 PM PST

  •  am i evil for smiling ? (2+ / 0-)
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    BarackStarObama, skeptigal

    but i LIKE tigers !!

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:46:16 PM PST

  •  The "next generation of supertankers" (14+ / 0-)

    What a ridiculous phrase.  I can't think of anything that is more emblematic of the problem of climate change than a huge ship built to take fossil fuel out of the ground on one side of the Earth and bring it to the other side to be thrown up into the atmosphere.  

    What would you call it if all supertankers ran aground? -- A good start.

    People are not groking the simple message that for humanity to have a future, the oil has to stay in the ground.

  •  This is a Good Start... But WHERE (1+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul

    is the other $1.5 Trillion in funding needed for infrastructure?

    yes, I'm lowballing the cost estimate by the American Society of Civil Engineers-- which is $3.5 Trillion.

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:49:05 PM PST

    •  See The Termite's comment above eom (0+ / 0-)
    •  Funding is NOT a problem (0+ / 0-)

      Never has been, never will be. A fiscal hawk on matters of national urgency and necessity is either an idiot or a liar. We ALWAYS find the money.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:55:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

        so congress has been talking recently of a 25 year, fully funded ($1.8 Trillion) infrastructure program?

        Odd, as I've not seen that news anywhere online or in print.

        "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

        by Superpole on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:04:47 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  That's not why congress isn't talking about it (0+ / 0-)

          and you know it. It's about politics, not funding. They could come up with the funding for a $10T bill if they wanted to. That has NEVER been the problem no matter how many discredited books by Hayek someone has read.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:08:45 PM PST

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          •  PLEASE Give me a Break (0+ / 0-)

            it's about BOTH politics and economics (as the austerity crowd defines it, that is).

            IF, 4-5 prominent democrats in the senate had the balls to put forth the sort of program I am talking about, the GOP would freak out. and one of the main reasons for NOT funding the program would be:

            WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.

            the other feeble economics based excuse would be: IT WOULD ADD TO THE DEFICIT!!

            so please, stop with the nonsense this is "only about politics". you're simply making a weak excuse for why the democrats in congress do not put forth this program.

            "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

            by Superpole on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:32:28 PM PST

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            •  The reason given might be (0+ / 0-)

              that we can't afford it, but that's not why it can't be done because we CAN afford it. In what way can't we afford it? It's not like we have to pay for it right away. It would be amortized over 30-50 years, probably longer, which is how everything is paid for. The only reason we don't do this is political cowardice, economic idiocy and demagoguery. We've never once gone broke or been unable to pay for much larger things, like our wars, the good and bad ones.

              The austerians are liars btw, when they're not idiots.

              "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

              by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:02:26 PM PST

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  •  Isn't (3+ / 0-)
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    JrCrone, Bugsby, QuelleC

    Isn't the electrical grid a higher priority than freeways? Bridges are different, because, you know, death.

    E Pluribus Unum does NOT mean "every man for himself"

    by Daddy Love on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:51:06 PM PST

  •  Colbert had a piece on military contractor (6+ / 0-)

    boondoggles yesterday, why not take all of those companies making tank and plane parts the military doesn't want, and have them switch over to making high speed rail equipment the country could actually use?

  •  The Big Dig (7+ / 0-)

    The Klown Kult American right always cites this project of endemic of government waste.

    It did suffer huge cost overruns, true--but also reduced pollution in the area by 62%. Traffic through central Boston actually moves!

    And no private sector anything could have created that project--what, like make it a toll road at 5 bucks a head to go through the central city?

    You can bet your ass the same idiots railing away in the Herald's comments section years ago are damned glad to have this now.

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    by Johnny Wendell on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:55:06 PM PST

    •  The big dig made a difference (1+ / 0-)
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      Albanius

      But so did the economic crash. I noticed a drop in traffic when the big dig finally opened, but a much bigger one as of 2008.

      It does get pretty tied up, at times, but at least it's no longer a stop & go nightmare all the way to Salem, NH.  

      What I'd really love to see is a commuter rail ring line that would make it possible to get from, say, the North Shore to, say Waltham without having to go all the way into Boston, switch lines (possibly twice) then back out 2/3 of the distance, for a 5 hour one-way commute. Rte 128 is an unbelievable wreck, at least in part due to the fact that there is NO alternative to driving. If you could run a ring from Reading, through MD Andersen in Woburn, out to the T somewhere near Rte 16 in Newton, with shuttle service to the industrial parks, the number of commuter miles on 128 would plummet. Even better if you connected all the way to Rte 9....

  •  Bids (1+ / 0-)
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    Bugsby

    All bids for this work should be public information.

    The GOP needs to back this, it's good for the nation.

    I would tell you the only word in the English language that has all the vowels in order but, that would be facetious.

    by roninkai on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:04:44 PM PST

  •  I wish (3+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, hbk, JrCrone

    he would push for the whole $3.6 trillion, by comparing it to the cost of the Cheney wars in Asia. As in, we can afford to spend $A4 trillion on a land war in Asia, but we can't afford $3.6 trillion to keep ourselves safe right here in America?

    •  We can afford anything we want to do (0+ / 0-)

      We print our own money, it's the world's reserve currency, it's not backed by gold or anything else, and can borrow at incredibly low rates. So long as it's for something useful and necessary, which infrastructure clearly is, and preferably will pay for itself over time, which it surely will, we can pay for it.

      Paying for what we do isn't the problem. It's what we do that is.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:53:00 AM PST

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  •  Winners and Losers (1+ / 0-)
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    kovie

    "Now, other countries are not waiting to rebuild their infrastructure.  They’re trying to out-build us today so they can out-compete us tomorrow."

    This is one of the things that always bugs me about Obama - everything is framed as a competition.

    Remember "Win The Future"?

    It's still alive and kicking

    "To win the future, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world, tapping the creativity and imagination of our people. We have to take responsibility for our deficit, by investing in what makes America stronger and cutting what doesn’t. And we have to reform our government so that it’s smarter, leaner, and better able to take on the challenges of the 21st century."
    Love the inclusion of the deficit cutting BS in there.
    •  sooooo.... (0+ / 0-)

      everything isnt a competition, and we should just keep on spending hundreds of billions more than we have?

      Good plan. Sound thinking.

      Jesus.

      Left Coast Libertarian

      by pacspeed on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:18:12 PM PST

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      •  No (6+ / 0-)

        Everything is not a competition.

        For example - taking care of our infrastructure and safety net.

      •  Have we EVER "had" the money we were spending? (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lost and Found

        Do you not understand how public spending works? It's ALWAYS borrowed, then paid back over time. There literally couldn't be government were it not for public debt. It's how the world works. There isn't a modern country on earth that works on a cash basis. Wars, roads, schools, police--EVERYTHING is financed by debt. And yet we're still here, despite the supply side genie predicting that we wouldn't be. How about that!

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:45:13 AM PST

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        •  This is what we're up against, kovie (0+ / 0-)

          And this guy is being polite.  I'll spare you a trip to
          facebook and give you a few examples:

          This happened after he cut the armed forces support and remember this money will go to jobs the government provides. So yes more jobs working for the government and less protection from the government.

           in response to your childish comment to someone else, no mater how much you want it not to be true, spending money is still spending money! When you're broke... Spending money is definitely creating more debt. Now who needs to go back to kindergarten, dumbass? That's the problem with Libtards, you just want to print more and pretend it's real.

          •  In response to your idiotic comment (0+ / 0-)

            We're not broke, we've never been broke, we'll never be broke, because we literally CANNOT be broke! Until you understand how money works, please don't respond to me with this libertarian lunacy. Go back to reading Ron Paul and his insane rantings about the gold standards.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:27:12 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Oh, and automatic HR for "libtards" (0+ / 0-)

            Asshole.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:28:03 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  What the hell? (0+ / 0-)

            I was agreeing with your comment and letting you know how other idiots are responding to this.

            •  Wait (0+ / 0-)

              This was a quote from the FB comment you mentioned, and not your words:

              This happened after he cut the armed forces support and remember this money will go to jobs the government provides. So yes more jobs working for the government and less protection from the government.

               in response to your childish comment to someone else, no mater how much you want it not to be true, spending money is still spending money! When you're broke... Spending money is definitely creating more debt. Now who needs to go back to kindergarten, dumbass? That's the problem with Libtards, you just want to print more and pretend it's real.

              ???

              If so, make sure to use the Blockquote button in the future to remove any doubt. I'll remove my HR and apologize if you confirm this for me.

              "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

              by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:42:03 AM PST

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              •  I'm pretty new (3+ / 0-)

                A blockquote button never crossed my mind.  And I don't know exactly what an HR is but I suspect that's the type of thing that gets you kicked off.  We just had a death in the family and I was trying to distract myself a little and I kind of feel sucker punched.  Usually these diaries show up in my FB feed but I come here to say anything because I'm not going to waste my time with idiots on FB when I can have intelligent conversation here.  But today there were more trolls than usual and when you made your comment about how we're not broke, and I agreed, I was trying to point out that a lot of people think we're "broke".  Sorry to rant but like I said, emotions are pretty raw here and if I could erase my original comment, I would. I'm sorry and maybe I should just stay away for a while so I don't do something else stupid.

                •  So sorry about your loss (2+ / 0-)
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                  QuelleC, Lost and Found

                  I've been through several of those in recent years and know how it affects one's thinking and behavior. My deepest sympathies.

                  In any case, while we don't have to belabor this, it does indeed appear that you were quoting someone we both disagree with from a comment they made on FB. For future reference, the way we handle citations here is to block quote them, like I did above. All you have to do is select the quoted excerpt with your mouse, click on the Blockquote button below where you type your text, and it will show up in a block quote box in the posted comment. That way people know it's not you who wrote it, but someone else. Usually, but not always, people also link to the page where they copied the quote from, using the Link button, but let's not worry about that now.

                  As for an HR, that stands for Hide Rate. It's something you do with a truly offensive comment in order to hide it from normal view. Two or more HRs does that, and only admins and "Trusted Users" can see them (although if the comment also gets enough Recommends, it's viewable to all again--the exact formula is a site secret to prevent its being gamed). To become a TU, you have to have been here a while and have received enough Recommends from TUs.

                  It all sounds more complicated than it actually is. The purpose is to allow self-moderation by longtime members who've earned enough trust from other trusted members. It doesn't work perfectly, but it's what we've got.

                  And, again, sorry about my confusion, and your loss. I'm removing the HR.

                  "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

                  by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 08:53:26 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

    •  Obama has a tendency to say things (0+ / 0-)

      that are meant to please and defuse his adversaries and their supporters, even if they're utter bullshit. Funny how that never seems to work, and loses him respect among his supporters. I think it's a major character flaw that will never disappear. His is, fundamentally, an appeaser. This proposal is great in theory, but it'll obviously never fly given the congress we have, so its only real purpose could be to rally the public and make the GOP look bad. But that only works if he fights for it full-bore, and I just don't see him doing that.

      What fantasy bubble does he live in? Or does he simply not care?

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:51:04 AM PST

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  •  day late and a dollar short (0+ / 0-)

    but it's nice it's being done,

  •  As soon as I read... (4+ / 0-)

    "The four year, $302 billion proposal will require action on the part of Congress"

     I felt no need to read further...

    •   yes: "$302 billion proposal will require (0+ / 0-)

      action on the part of Congress".

      There's yer problem, right there.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:16:31 AM PST

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  •  At one point we were spending (5+ / 0-)

    10 Billion a month in Iraq. 302 Billion over four years on our own country's infrastructure is even a debate?

  •  cost effective transportation plan (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Albanius

    transport habeas corpus and Bill of Rights into legislative graveyard

    transport guns into schools, parks, trains, community centers, etc.

    transport middle class wealth into greedy hands of the 1%

    transport wealth of 1% into tax havens

    transport relentless corporate propaganda into minds of the people

    transport meaningful discussion of issues out of political campaigns

    transport creationism, prayer and 10 commandments into every public school in America

    transport jobs and scientific research into dictatorships

    transport pollution into every river and aquifer in the land  

  •  2011 - The American Jobs Act (2+ / 0-)
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    Skyye, stagemom

    Way back then this was Obama's proposal, to put Americans to work rebuilding roads, railways, bridges, and schools in need of repair.

    This would include repairing and modernizing sewage plants, levees, water reservoirs, water mains, etc.,

    Boehner would not put this up for a vote.  It has languished all these years.

    If we don't bring our ports and transportation systems up to a higher standard the world will pass us by.  

    Here again, this was and is a common sense solution that would put way over 1 million people to work, in many allied fields, not just construction.  It would bring small businesses new customers and revitalize communities.

    Folks, here again, this was shunned not because it is not a solution to our unemployment problems, but our infrastructure is in dire need of repair.

     It would, of course, make Obama look good, and the Democrats look good; heck, according to the GOP mindset, it's not too early in the game to think of the next election.  

  •  Not in John Boehner's Back Yard! (0+ / 0-)

    Or, NIJBBY.

    Hell no you can't!

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:40:50 AM PST

  •  We need more mass transit, not new roads (0+ / 0-)

    We cannot afford to maintain the roads we already have.  Also, there is no economic model whatsoever that will allow households with falling wages to continue to afford the ever increasing costs of paying for a car, insurance, taxes & registration, the upcoming mileage driven taxes, maintenance costs and gasoline for private automobiles.  More and more people are being priced out of the market.  Even those that once had a good job and have a couple of cars in their household now will not be able to buy a new one when their old car inevitably dies.  

    Mc-wally-wort wages are inadequate to support those costs, not to mention inadequate at generating payroll tax revenue to run the govt.  And since the repubtards will not give up their military toys and imperialism no matter how much the rest of society goes to hell, and the CEO's funding both parties are behind imperialism 100% bcause our military force allows them to exploit other nations and steal their resources and labor for pennies on the dollar, there will be no political will to change in spite of what the average citizen wants.  

    So no meaningful investment will be made in modernizing mass transit or anything else.  They don't care if people can't get to where they need to go. * It's their own fault.  They shouldn't have "decided" not to be rich.*  That is their justification for looting their own economy and crippling society with their greed-driven short-sighted stupidity.  Sucks to be us.  After all, they will still have a car when gas is $10 a gallon.

    "Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead." -Thomas Paine. "It's a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent." - Miss Gayle

    by MissGayle on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:52:01 AM PST

  •  what could he do without congress' approval? (0+ / 0-)

    is there any thing to at least repair bridges?
    i saw a segment on potholes from the storms this winter.  the costs for repair are high and the coffers are depleted!  oy.

    I am tired of laughing at the irony of their stupidity.

    by stagemom on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 06:25:30 AM PST

  •  Obstructionism and Intransigence (0+ / 0-)

    Our infrastructure is crumbling yet the conservatives in Congress will do whatever it takes to keep our economy in the toilet as a means to enhance their chances come election time. No legislation that will put Americans to work will pass the House as long as the Republicans retain a majority.

  •  Why Did We Let the GOP Get Away With It? (0+ / 0-)

    No excuses after November the GOP must go!

    Time for a new "NEW DEAL" for America, jobs for all
    and Happy Days here again in our lifetime!

  •  ". . .the American Society of Civil Engineers (0+ / 0-)

    estimates a more thorough modernization would take at least $3.6 trillion." In other news, the National Association of Barber Boards reminds you that you really need a haircut.

  •  I don't even want to waste my time (0+ / 0-)

    looking at the fact sheet but I bet not much of that appropriation will go to public transit. We should be up in arms about this. We have a major emergency burning fossil fuels and our public transport system is worse than Calcutta's.

    •  Public Transit (0+ / 0-)

      We have a rail line in Indianapolis going from two large suburban towns to the State Fairground area and running  during the fair period only.  At one time they ran coal burning engines spewing filth. The rails and engines would be put to better use being melted down and made into renewing bridges.
      If not that, then how about commuter rail to the city.

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