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LaHood: ‘America is one big pothole’
The Hill ^

Posted on 02/06/2013 1:08:31 PM PST by SMGFan

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday.

"America is one big pothole right now," LaHood said in an interview on "The Diane Rehm Show" on National Public Radio. "At one time ... we were the leader in infrastructure," LaHood continued. "We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments."

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And Obama is one big ***hole. So much for shovel ready jobs? Not so shovel ready.
1 posted on 02/06/2013 1:08:38 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Well how bout we spend transportation dollars on highway repair?


2 posted on 02/06/2013 1:10:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan

Damn.....you beat me to the punch.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 1:11:06 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SMGFan

America: LaHood is one big pothole....

Fixed it...


4 posted on 02/06/2013 1:11:25 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: SMGFan

He needs to get out more. Our roads are fine and in good maintenance........................


5 posted on 02/06/2013 1:14:03 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: cripplecreek

I paid the Federal Highway Use Tax (2290) this year of $11,000. And it went where?


6 posted on 02/06/2013 1:14:16 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: SMGFan

Congresscritters and senators worrying about how much they can make getting on different panels or hearings instead of doing the job they were elected to do. Budgeting monies,instead of doling out favors and political kickbacks.
It suddenly becomes a massive problem and THEN they wring their wrists...”oh what can we do, what can we do” ....****ING S**TBIRDS


7 posted on 02/06/2013 1:17:10 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: griswold3
And it went where?

Bike paths, hiking trails, parking lot rain gardens, taxpayer funded public transportation systems.....
8 posted on 02/06/2013 1:17:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan
"At one time ... we were the leader in infrastructure," LaHood continued. "We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments."

The bigger the feral government gets, the further behind we fall.

I wonder if there is a connection?

9 posted on 02/06/2013 1:35:07 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: SMGFan

Too bad his boss pi55ed away almost a Billion dollars on pork projects and donor payoffs.


10 posted on 02/06/2013 1:38:15 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cripplecreek

don’t forget roundabouts aka “calming circles”.

very sheik and european.


11 posted on 02/06/2013 1:53:42 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SMGFan

And what did he do this past 4 years at the head of the DOT? Not enough ‘shovel-ready-jobs’?


12 posted on 02/06/2013 1:58:32 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: SMGFan

This is such BS that it isn’t funny. America spends a fortune on “infrastructure.” American roads are not “crumbling” or if they are, its because the roads are state or local roads. The Feds want to take responsibility for paving every freakin road in America via another “stimulus.” And then they play bait-and-switch. They tell you they are spending $$$ on potholes but in reality most of the money goes to overpriced union workers, sidewalks that go to nowhere, a million road signs every mile and fancy, multi-million dollar electronic billboards that say things like “Don’t Drink and Drive.” Infrastructure spending is, for the most part, a boondoggle.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 2:04:29 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

CBO: 7 million Americans to lose employer insurance under Obamacare
http://washingtonexaminer.com/cbo-7-million-americans-to-lose-employer-insurance-under-obamacare/article/2520622?custom_click=rss

Obamacare Guarantees Higher Health Insurance Premiums — $3,000+ Higher
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

nah. impossible. no connection.


14 posted on 02/06/2013 2:04:50 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

To a rat, ‘infrastructure’ means a light rail train to a broom factory.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 2:08:05 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SMGFan

What happened to the 800 billion dollar stimulus that was only four years ago? Did that actually accomplosh anything, and if not, who will go to jail?


16 posted on 02/06/2013 2:31:55 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: SMGFan

One big pothole run by one big A-hole


17 posted on 02/06/2013 2:39:37 PM PST by jersey117
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To: SMGFan; a fool in paradise

Well, it is in my la hood! But what difference does it make? At his point? In time?


18 posted on 02/06/2013 2:45:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: cripplecreek

and they said to me, “You didn’t build that!” HA!


19 posted on 02/06/2013 3:39:44 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: griswold3

Our heroic republican’ts here in Michigan are now wanting to raise the gas tax or the sales tax and already have another bill that would skim some 8% off the top of that to “Maintain biking and hiking trails”.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 3:44:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Here in Ohio, we have a ‘Commercial Activity Tax’ (CAT). One of the provisions was challenged by our reps that wanted to put certain revenue into the ‘General Fund’, but they lost.

http://courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2012/SCO/1207/111536.asp

Supreme Court Rules Use of Commercial Activity Tax Revenues From Sale of Motor Vehicle Fuel For Non-Highway Purposes Is Unconstitutional
Ruling Is Prospective Only, Does Not Apply to Past Allocations

By Dennis Whalen | December 7, 2012
‘ That provision, which was added to the constitution by the state’s voters through a 1947 initiative petition, states that

“No moneys derived from fees, excises, or license taxes relating to registration, operation, or use of vehicles on public highways, or to fuels used for propelling such vehicles, shall be expended for other than costs of administering such laws, statutory refunds and adjustments provided therein, payment of highway obligations, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges and other statutory highway purposes, expense of state enforcement of traffic laws, and expenditures authorized for hospitalization of indigent persons injured in motor vehicle accidents on the public highways.”

Just one battle victory in the war on business.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 4:13:08 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: SMGFan

We could patch the roads with EBT cards, Obamaphones, and other “free” stuff.


22 posted on 02/06/2013 5:59:07 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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We could patch the roads with EBT cards, Obamaphones, and other “free” stuff.

Wouldn't that road be called the highway to hell?

23 posted on 02/07/2013 12:46:23 PM PST by dearolddad (/i>)
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