Stimulus Package To First Pay for Routine Repairs*To read this, you'd come away believing there'll be no wasteful pork spending inserted in Obama's infrastructure bill. You'd also have to suspend belief in there being a United States Congress involved in the process.
By Alec MacGillis and Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writers
President-elect Barack Obama calls it "the largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s."
Most of the infrastructure spending being proposed for the massive stimulus package that Obama and congressional Democrats are readying, however, is not exactly the stuff of history, but destined for routine projects that have been on the to-do lists of state highway departments for years. Oklahoma wants to repave stretches of Interstates 35 and 40 and build "cable barriers" to keep wayward cars from crossing medians. New Jersey wants to repaint 88 bridges and restore Route 35 from Toms River to Mantoloking. Scottsdale, Ariz., wants to widen 1.5 miles of Scottsdale Road. [link]
So, yeah, we'll probably get some bridges built - some of them going "nowhere" - and we'll get I-77 repaved again. But we'll also see the biggest binge of wasteful spending ever known to man. The Democrats will see to that. And Obama will turn his head away, not wanting to sully his reputation (think of his relationship with Ayres, Wright, Rezco, Blagojevich ... Congress ... who?).
Boucher is probably right now burning the midnight oil. So much money to be spent. So little time. So few worthy projects. Hey, how 'bout some more hair sheep?
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* Even the Washington Post copy editor who wrote the headline knows this is bullshit. Note the insertion of the word "First." First Obama will ask for bridge and road repair. Then Congresspersons will line up asking for money to go to every constituent they've ever met and spend money on every lame project anyone could dream up.