Skip to comments.Republicans Rejoice as They Spread the South’s Third World Status To Entire Nation (Rant-licious)
Posted on 05/18/2014 7:24:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Many Americans really have no comprehension of the importance of basic physical and organizational structures and facilities such as buildings, roads, and power supplies needed for the operation of an advanced society or enterprise. A great number of Americans mesmerized by Republicans anti-tax agenda may get exercised and complain when their power goes out or their teeth are shaken loose driving over pothole-ridden roads, but they are most likely the first to vehemently oppose any tax increase to repair Americas crumbling infrastructure. Apparently, Republicans and their supporters are proud that Americas infrastructure compares unfavorably with most advanced and even some developing nations because in their minds spreading the Souths third world status to the entire nation is a worthy goal.
Last year, the World Economic Forums Global Competitiveness Report for 2012-2013 exposed Americas quality and availability of roads, railroads, ports, air transport, electricity, and telephones ranks 25th, behind nations such as Oman and Barbados, and only one spot ahead of Qatar. On Tuesday, the Obama Administration warned that failure to head off bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) before summer will mean delaying over 112,000 roadway and 5,600 transit projects and cost the economy over 700,000 construction jobs within a year. No doubt bankrupting the highway fund, keeping over a hundred-thousand roads in disrepair, and killing nearly three-quarters-of-a-million jobs is appealing to Republicans who have no intent in funding infrastructure improvements.
The highway trust fund is the main funding source for state road and highway projects, and most of them will cease if it runs out of money that is looking likely because the federal gas tax which funds the HTF has not been raised in twenty years (1994). Currently, federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon, but if it kept pace with inflation it would be about 26 cents per gallon and if it were indexed to increasing gas prices, it would be about 35.4 cents. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that to keep Highway Trust Fund solvent, Congress will either have to raise the gas tax by 10 to 15 cents per gallon or find between $13 billion and $18 billion a year from other sources and knowing Republicans it will come out of social safety nets. President Obama has proposed infrastructure spending in the past, and once again proposed a $150 billion four-year plan to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, but Republicans refuse to fund anything the President requests.
One solution from the President is allowing states to charge a toll on Interstate highways as a last resort, but Republicans are as likely to go along with that idea as they are raising the gas tax or approving the Presidents infrastructure spending plan. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senators approved a bill to keep funding at current levels, but as was revealed this past week, Senate Republicans are enamored with obstructing bipartisan plans they support unless they can add an amendment or two forcing the President to approve the KeystoneXL pipeline or eliminating some clean energy standards for the Koch brothers; there is little to no chance the funding bill will pass the Senate. Even if Senate Republicans go along with the bipartisan funding proposal, House Republicans will not support anything the President proposes.
Americas infrastructure already rates a grade of D according to the Society of Civil Engineers, and the nation would need to spend $3.6 trillion within 6 years just to upgrade the nations bridges, roads, and waterways to keep pace, and be competitive, with the rest of the developed world. According to Standard & Poors, there are long term as well as immediate benefits to the economy by investing as little as $1.3 billion over the next year including adding at least 29,000 jobs, boosting economic growth by $2 billion, reduce the deficit by at least $200 million, and many more benefits over the long term. However, Republicans are not going to invest in infrastructure because they already cut federal spending on infrastructure by $60 billion that is at World War II levels.
To get an idea of the typical Republican opposition to spending even a penny on improving infrastructure when they can give the money to the rich and corporations, a good example is the proposed California High Speed Rail project. The project will be the greatest Earth-moving project in California history, create millions of construction and related jobs immediately and long into the future, improve air quality, and save California motorists fuel costs. The California Republican who is chairman of the House subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials said he has no intention of expediting federal funding for the project that will benefit his constituents or the states economy. He told supporters last fall he will continue blocking federal funding for the project because he claims the money is better spent on the rich because they know how to create jobs. The congressman, Jeff Denham, is firmly ensconced in the pocket of the Koch brothers and the oil industry and they will not allow any project to even start that creates millions of jobs, improves air quality, or reduces fuel usage.
Keeping the Highway Trust Fund out of money, and Americas infrastructure at levels below every developed country on Earth, really serves a variety of Republican goals. Whether it is killing 700,000 jobs, keeping America from competing with the rest of the world, retarding economic growth, or just letting the nation fall farther into disrepair, they have no incentive to fund infrastructure improvements. About four months ago a conservative economist Republicans revere argued that President Obama should propose, and Congress should immediately approve at least $1.3 trillion in infrastructure improvements to strengthen the economy, create millions of jobs, and bring the nation closer to some developing countriesinfrastructure. Needless to say, the conservative economist is no longer held in any esteem by Republicans.
President Obama warned that not adequately funding the Highway Trust Fund will bankrupt it, and it was probably succor to Republicans who have tried desperately to bankrupt the federal government and sell it off to the highest bidders. There is no telling how far Republicans will deliberately let this country slide into third world status to prove their racial hatred for this President, but if the Republican former Confederacy is any indication, they will not stop until America ranks below Yemen and Afghanistans infrastructure where bridges are non-existent and dirt roads are the norm.
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Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesnt look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.
But Vet, don’t we rank #1 in contributions to international mosque building projects?
You know, the Saudis, Sunnis and Shiites just need a little `hand-up,’ so we just float another loan from the PRC.
“There is no telling how far Republicans will deliberately let this country slide into third world status to prove their racial hatred for this President...”
FU. I don’t like his WHITE Commie half, EITHER! :)
What was that most recent TEN TRILLION of indebtedness for?
What planet is that idiot from?
Zen Buddhists are supposed to be laid back and “cool.” This guy is just a bigoted, arrogant, ignorant asshole.
the government has plenty of money. It just needs to prioritize its expenditures and eliminate the least necessary (practically all of them)
Lets take a look at the graphic again.
At 27. It says "Taiwan, China" and has the PRC Flag.
I am Missing Something? I didn't know we could lump Taiwan in with China, I mean I know those two countries claim each other, but does official data lump their economies in too? How about Military?
That seams very odd to me.
“Genius is pain!”
“God lives in Iceland!”
I think the article is nonsense.
Intelligence agencies have to deal with the underworld and all kinds of nasty people. That doesn’t mean they support them.
They also dealt with the KGB because that is who they were and what they did.
You know....shovel ready. That is where the money went.
Oops! I posted to the wrong thread.
Well we are currently importing more than 300 billion (more) from China than we are exporting to China, every single year.
America is losing our own manufacturing.
That is a huge problem. Bring back US manufacturing.
This is the left’s favorite bait and switch.
1 If you let us raise your taxes we’ll spend it all on infrastructure.
2 Duh Ok.
3 They give it all away to their constituency.
4 Go To 1
Your first sentence is 100% correct, however.
As a former member of two intelligence agencies, I tend to agree. My post was for humor.
World Economic Forum. Puts Taiwan on the list as Taiwan, China with a PRC flag.
Real credible, no agenda at all.
I guess leftists would probably lump Texas with Mexico too, lol
Another thing, many of those (Korea, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong) are tiny or city-states. Easy to have great infrastructure in such a small area. We are a huge country.
Yes. I noticed that as well.
And notice they refer to Hong Kong simply as Hong Kong SAR with the Hong Kong flag.
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