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How to do infrastructure right
The Washington Examiner ^ | June 06, 019 | Nicole Gelinas

Posted on 07/07/2019 6:32:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In late April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders finally found something they agreed on: infrastructure. Outside the White House after a meeting with the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, issued the pronouncement, “Big and bold.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democrat from New York, echoed the takeaway: “We agreed on a number, which was very, very good, $2 trillion.” Trump himself has been publicly quiet but didn’t dispute that he told the Democrats he “like[s] the number.” By May, this renewed spirit of cooperation had fallen apart, at least temporarily, with a second meeting collapsing amid Mueller investigation recriminations. Still, though, conventional wisdom, whether under this Congress and president or another, sees a mega infrastructure initiative as a worthy bipartisan project.

Indeed, a nation now famous for its airport delays, potholed highways, “summer of hell” mass-transit crises, and leaded urban water may welcome the $2 trillion figure. Why not, as Schumer reiterated, “get something done … in a big and bold way?” So far, though, this trio is off to a bad start. America doesn’t need to be wowed by a figure in the trillions, a campaign marketing tool for both parties.

What it does need is a slow, sober assessment of its real-world infrastructure necessities and quiet, not-so-bold competence in getting the work actually done on time and on budget.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airports; borrowing; bridges; congress; construction; debt; deficits; federalreserve; funding; government; highways; infrastructure; infrastructurebill; maintenance; money; p3; ppp; privatesector; privatization; repairs; roads; spending; states; transit; transportation; trump

1 posted on 07/07/2019 6:32:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, it needs to be done.

Does anyone trust Congress not to use about 800 billion of that for pork and shoring up some pension liabilities?


2 posted on 07/07/2019 6:36:14 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One of his examples is an interstate between Las Vegas and Phoenix. Then he goes on a density rant, and complains about spending money on low-traffic things (”a subway line that supports 1.3 million riders a day is more productive than a bridge that carries 100,000 cars and trucks each day.”).

Then he calls it a healthcare cost crisis (because we “reward” workers that retire early, and continue to pay their healthcare costs).

Very confusing story, and very inconsistent in the arguments presented.


3 posted on 07/07/2019 7:12:00 PM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Has anyone seen road repairs with the new gas tax money in Mexifornia? Me neither.


4 posted on 07/07/2019 7:20:34 PM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“A vehicle miles traveled tax to transform the highway system into a tolled network that pays for itself may be sound economic theory. Practically speaking, given limited mass-transportation options in much of the country, it’s also a multithousand-dollar-per-year tax hike on the middle class.”

Nice to see he at least gets this point right.


5 posted on 07/07/2019 7:52:16 PM PDT by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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To: HighSierra5

“Has anyone seen road repairs with the new gas tax money in Mexifornia? Me neither.”

Not that they’ll ever try this approach, but the easiest way to get traffic moving again is to simply DEPORT THE ILLEGALS. Don’t need to spend a penny on road work.


6 posted on 07/07/2019 7:53:29 PM PDT by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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To: BobL

True dat! Here in L.A., if you deported the illegals, and I bet there’s 1-2MM of them, you’d certainly reduce traffic...


7 posted on 07/07/2019 8:24:34 PM PDT by dinodino
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Those with vast amounts of control over the telecom infrastructure must not also have control of the news.

Breakup Comcast


8 posted on 07/07/2019 8:27:12 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t see it happening unless it all goes on the credit card.

Non-union labor would be great but I won’t hold my breath.


9 posted on 07/07/2019 10:39:32 PM PDT by Impy (I have no virtue to signal.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So let’s say it costs $100 to pave teo feet in CA.. how much do you think it costs in Mississippi or Tennessee?

This is a blue state bail out, plain and simple. The Democrats are ecstatic, well of course they are. The money off your kids table is always better than their own.


10 posted on 07/08/2019 4:35:36 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Do you know anyone who isn’t a socialist after 65? Freedom exchanged cash, a medicare card control.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

We’re going to do this again? Congress and Zero did this already in the form of debt. This is a States issue not federal.


11 posted on 07/08/2019 8:53:07 AM PDT by DownInFlames (Galsd)
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To: HighSierra5

They’re apparently using some of the proceeds to widen a stretch of US 101 north of San Francisco. They also plan to make a direct connector from northbound US 101 to eastbound I-580, although I don’t know if that will use new money or not.


12 posted on 07/08/2019 11:05:13 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: BobL

ICE is apparently about to start deporting 1 million adjudicated illegals, so that’s a start.


13 posted on 07/08/2019 11:06:05 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: DownInFlames

14 posted on 07/08/2019 11:06:53 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: All

No Wall...

No Infrastructure...the economy is good.


15 posted on 07/08/2019 11:20:08 AM PDT by rbmillerjr
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