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  • Rick Scott's Toll Lanes Definitely Newsworthy ... but an Exposé?

    09/19/2014 12:41:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Nancy Smith
    In August 2011 Gov. Rick Scott first made it plain he likes toll lanes on major highways and wants more of them. They speed up traffic, he said. In October 2011, PolitiFact Florida checked out his assessment, rated it "mostly true." So it was a little surprising to see the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), whose stated purpose is "to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice," expose Scott's commitment to toll lanes. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great this news is well and truly in front of the public again. And shame on all of us...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • To the Extent America Has an Infrastructure Crisis,

    09/07/2014 11:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute looks at the topic of infrastructure spending and I’m left with mixed feelings. Some of what he writes is very good. Yes, the claims of an “infrastructure crisis” by President Obama, many liberals…are exaggerated. …yes, existing laws and regulations turn infrastructure projects into boondoggles that take an order of magnitude longer to complete than necessary and cost more than they should. Amen, particularly with regard to the absurd notion that America is suffering some sort of crisis. The International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, publisher of the World Competitiveness Yearbook, puts the...
  • Candidates for governor differ on I-95 tolls

    09/05/2014 10:05:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    turnto10.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Bill Rappleye
    PROVIDENCE - Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge were rejected by popular demand, but a proposed toll on Interstate 95 near the Connecticut border had less opposition. Any toll would need federal government approval, and Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis asked the Democrats running for governor what they thought of the idea during an NBC 10 live debate Wednesday. "Yes. I think people deserve a straightforward answer. This state should be looking in comprehensive ways," Pell said. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he does not support adding a toll on I-95. "It's a regressive tax that has an impact...
  • Will ISIS Strike America's Achilles Heel?

    09/03/2014 3:34:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 9/3/2014 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    According to the indispensable government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the U.S. government has evidence that the jihadist Islamic State (IS) is present in Juarez, Mexico – across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. Worse yet, the Texas Department of Public Safety believes there is evidence that IS plans an imminent attack in this country. In light of the latest murderous attack by this organization against an American journalist, Steven Sotloff, among other atrocities, such threats must be taken with the utmost seriousness. Among the targets national security professionals fear may now be in the jihadis' crosshairs is America’s exceedingly...
  • What You Can’t See on the UN’s Maps of Gaza

    08/25/2014 3:36:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    You Tube ^ | 25/8/14 | idfnadesk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lly2AfFW8kw
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Obama seeks private dollars to repair public infrastructure

    07/18/2014 5:40:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press(NY Times) ^ | 7-17-14 | Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON -- How can a president fix more roads and bridges without any new money to spend? President Barack Obama's answer Thursday was to announce new initiatives to encourage private-sector investment in the nation's infrastructure, including the creation of a "one-stop shop" at the Department of Transportation to forge partnerships between state and local governments, and public and private developers and investors. Stymied by Republican lawmakers who refuse to go along with Obama's call for vast new spending on the nation's infrastructure, the president is spending the week trying to demonstrate that he can still find ways to stop big...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • OBAMA: My Highway Plan Is 'Not Crazy, It's Not Socialism, It's Not The Imperial Presidency'

    07/01/2014 12:55:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A rather exasperated President Barack Obama pressed Congress to find a solution to the looming Highway Trust Fund crisis, arguing "it's not socialism" to want to build new highways and bridges in the country. "It's not crazy. It's not socialism. It's not the imperial presidency," Obama said Tuesday afternoon during a speech in front of the Georgetown waterfront with the Key Bridge in the background. "We're just building roads and bridges, like we have for the past 50 years." The Highway Trust Fund is a transportation and infrastructure fund financed by gasoline taxes. It is headed towards insolvency because the...
  • US Gasoline Tax Increase Urged by Bipartisan Pair of Senators

    06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon [3.2 cents a liter] over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke. The gasoline tax now stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax at 24.4 cents a gallon. The politically sensitive levies have not been increased since 1993. The senators' plan faces an uphill fight this year, with congressional elections coming in November. Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue...
  • Crucial East Coast highway bridge closed

    06/04/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsday.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Randall Chase (Associated Press)
    WILMINGTON, Del. - (AP) -- Highway engineers say a crucial bridge on the Eastern Seaboard's interstate highway system could imperil drivers if traffic is allowed back on it. The bridge, near Wilmington, Delaware, was closed Monday when its support pillars were found to be tilting. The Interstate 495 bridge won't reopen anytime soon, highway officials said Tuesday, and the 90,000 vehicles that cross it every day are being diverted onto the main north highway, I-95, further overloading one of the most crowded arteries in America.
  • Big new project on I-95 in Baltimore

    05/30/2014 12:56:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Robert Thomson
    Drivers traveling into or through Baltimore on Interstate 95 are going to encounter a construction project that will replace the highway’s concrete deck along the 4.4 miles between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Exit 50 at Caton Avenue. Nothing like this has happened since the tunnel opened in 1985. If your summer vacation drives take you through Baltimore, if you plan to see the Orioles or Ravens, or will be visiting the Inner Harbor, Fells Point or Fort McHenry, you will want to be aware of this work, which is scheduled to end in 2016. The Maryland Transportation Authority project...
  • Brazil Has Barely Finished A Third Of The Structures It Promised To Build For The World Cup

    05/30/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/30/2014
    Football legend Ronaldo, a member of Brazil's World Cup organizing committee, said only 30 percent of the infrastructure projects undertaken for the tournament would be completed. Brazil promised a host of projects in conjunction with the World Cup to improve its roads, airports and urban transport networks. But the country has struggled to finish even essential ones such as stadiums, and has shelved much of the rest. "I think we're missing an opportunity. A series of investments were promised that won't be delivered. Only 30 percent will be delivered," two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo told a forum organized by newspaper...
  • The Fates Hate Obama and You Pay the Price

    05/22/2014 5:19:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Even the weather refuses to cooperate with Obama. So who can blame the GOP for spurning him? That’s how much he’s been abandoned by the fates. And we pay the price for his gamble on his destiny, his legacy, his lie. It’s ironic that at a time when Wall Street has been adjusting expectations for the economy because of moderately cold weather—like THAT’s never happened before-- Obama is banging the drum for more draconian cuts to our great American-supplied fossil fuels. He cites global warming as the culprit. “President Obama is putting global warming in the spotlight this week, using...
  • More Infrastructure? Cut Business Taxes

    05/20/2014 10:47:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute) ^ | May 15, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Infrastructure is in the news as policymakers face a deadline to pass a new highway bill. President Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday and said that “rebuilding America … shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” and then cast blame on the Republicans.The president is right that America ought to have better infrastructure. But the leaders of both parties are overlooking the most straightforward and powerful way to do it: slashing taxes on business investment.Most of America’s infrastructure is provided by the private sector, not governments. In fact, private infrastructure spending—on factories, freight rail, cell phone towers, pipelines, refineries, and many...
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • The Right Way to Avoid the Transportation Cliff

    05/20/2014 7:48:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 13, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    President Obama’s visit this week to the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is intended to push Congress to approve billions of dollars in infrastructure spending increases. But throwing more money at transit just puts more cash into the hands of government contractors, while doing little for commuters. The federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in a few months, and unless Congress replenishes it, state highway projects will supposedly grind to a halt. Special interest groups are working overtime to create a crisis atmosphere about the so-called “transportation cliff.” In fact, this is more of...
  • Republicans Rejoice as They Spread the South’s Third World Status To Entire Nation (Rant-licious)

    05/18/2014 7:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    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 America’s crumbling infrastructure. Apparently, Republicans and their supporters are proud that America’s infrastructure compares unfavorably with most advanced and even some...
  • Here Comes Congress' Next Big Economic Crisis, And It Could Be Even Worse Than The Fiscal Cliff

    05/18/2014 9:00:08 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    BI ^ | 5-18-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Here Comes Congress' Next Big Economic Crisis, And It Could Be Even Worse Than The Fiscal Cliff Brett LoGiuratoMay 15, 2014, 10:51 AM We survived the fiscal cliff and the government shutdown. But there's another big battle brewing this summer between Congress and the Obama administration with dire economic consequences that could cost the country hundreds of thousands of jobs. And even though politicians on both sides of the aisle agree this disaster is "completely avoidable," all signs indicate we're on a collision course with crisis. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his first formal warning about this impending self-inflicted...
  • The Madison County Bridges In Nowhere And The Perennial Myth Of Crumbling Infrastructure

    04/30/2014 11:37:42 AM PDT · by all the best · 10 replies
    Davis Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | April 29, 2014 | Davis Stockman
    Whenever the beltway bandits run low on excuses to run-up the national debt they trot out florid tales of crumbling infrastructure—that is, dilapidated roads, collapsing bridges, failing water and sewer systems, inadequate rail and public transit and the rest. But most especially it presents a swell opportunity for Washington to create millions of “jobs”. And, according to the Obama Administration’s latest incarnation of this age old canard, it can be done in a fiscally responsible manner through the issuance of “green ink” bonds by a national infrastructure bank, not “red ink” bonds by the US Treasury. The implication, of course,...
  • Is the Highway Trust Fund About to Hit a Dead End?

    04/22/2014 2:42:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 21 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-18-14 | Steven Johnson
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a report this past Tuesday showing that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by this August. The fund is the primary way by which the government maintains our roads and highways. While the fund received a $9.7 billion dollar infusion from the General Fund just after the start of this fiscal year, the fund’s outlays continue to outpace receipts and it will soon be in the red. To be sure, part of the reason for this is that transportation infrastructure costs are on the rise. As the highways built in the...
  • Boston's Big Dig expert to speak about future of Interstate 81

    03/14/2014 8:00:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CNYCentral.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | CNYCentral.com
    SYRACUSE -- A series of public lectures on the future of Interstate 81 will be held this summer and spring. The speaker series bring renowned planning professionals, municipal leaders and community development experts to share their experiences and expertise. The first guest speaker will be Virginia Greiman, a veteran of Boston's Big Dig project and a leader in the field of project management. "Our community can learn a great deal from simply listening to others who have struggled with and overcome similar challenges that we now face," said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "I look forward to welcoming Professor Greiman...
  • Replace the Gas Tax — with Tolls: A more sensible, efficient way to make sure road users pay.

    03/11/2014 7:41:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Michael Barone
    Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to heal.” This time in St. Paul he addressed a lesser problem, one within the ambit of a president’s powers: transportation. He mentioned the most common form of transportation — auto travel over streets and highways — only in passing. Instead, he hailed St. Paul’s “spiffy new trains,” one of...
  • Why America overpays for bridges, highways, transit, and other transportation infrastructure

    03/12/2014 7:13:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/12/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    American taxpayers are getting a terrible deal when it comes to large government-sponsored infrastructure projects. We pay 2 or 3 times as much for them as we should in many cases. The result is that we are put to shame by many other nations when it comes to building the highways and other transportation facilities we need to remain competitive.Consider bridges, for example. Compare the Millau Viaduct in France, a one and a half mile long cable stay bridge over the Tarn River Valley in France, completed in 2004 at a cost about $483 million dollars (at the 2004 dollar/euro...
  • Biden's Third World Country

    02/11/2014 1:36:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    Last week, our nation’s genius Vice President Joe Biden offered a statement which alienated some of his most loyal fans. “If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said ‘where do you think you are,’ they’d say, ‘this must be America, it’s a modern airport,’” Biden said during a speech on infrastructure in Philadelphia. Mr. Biden had a point, though not for the reason he thinks. The Vice President believes that the Government is not spending enough money on infrastructure projects like airports, bridges and highways. If that is...
  • Former Federal Energy Official Says April Attack On San Jose PG&E Substation Was Terrorism

    02/05/2014 4:51:28 PM PST · by rfreedom4u · 40 replies
    CBS News SF Bay Area ^ | 5 February 2014 | CBS
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission believes the attack on a PG&E substation in South San Jose last spring was not an act of vandalism, but instead a terrorist attack. In April of last year, someone shot numerous rounds that damaged equipment at the Metcalf Road substation and also severed underground fiber optic cables nearby. In an interview Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, former FERC chief Jon Wellinghoff called the attack ”the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” Wellinghoff told the newspaper he’s going...
  • Fracking's Infrastructure Boom: Capital Gusher

    01/23/2014 7:53:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 3 replies
    barrons ^ | SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER C. WILLIAMS AND MICHAEL VALLO
    Fracking may trigger the occasional dish-rattling temblor, but its economic effects appear far more tectonic.
  • A Colossal Bridge Will Rise Across the Hudson

    01/21/2014 1:34:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/19/14 | JOSEPH BERGER
    David Capobianco was a toddler in 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge slowly soared over his neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and tethered it to Staten Island. As he grew up, the improbable notion of assembling something so big and of such gossamer design propelled him to become a civil engineer. Now after years of public argument and indecision, the first new colossal steel bridge in the New York area since the Verrazano is finally beginning to rise over one of the most spacious stretches of the Hudson River, a replacement for the decaying Tappan Zee, the longest bridge in the...
  • White House offers 'grand bargain' on tax cuts and infrastructure

    01/05/2014 5:25:02 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 60 replies
    NBC ^ | Sun Jan 5, 2014 | Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News
    Gene Sperling, the director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, said Sunday that Obama is offering congressional Republicans “a grand bargain on jobs. He has said he would be willing to do corporate tax reform that lowers rates to 28 percent, simplifies taxes for small businesses, but do it together with a major infrastructure investment.” In his budget proposal last year, Obama called for $50 billion in additional short-term federal spending on infrastructure projects such as bridges, highways, and mass transit systems, as well as creation of a National Infrastructure Bank to make loans to such projects. “The economy...
  • The Road Less Traveled

    10/01/2013 1:48:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Bethesday Magazine ^ | September 2013 | Eugene L. Meyer
    Driven on the Intercounty Connector lately? No? You’re not alone. Many haven’t. The 18.8-mile highway—the first stretch of which opened two and a half years ago after great hype and amid great controversy—is the road less traveled. Traffic counts are well below early projections, and revenue from tolls—needed to pay off the bonds that were sold to build the road—is far less than originally anticipated. The initial estimated cost of $1 billion has ballooned to $2.4 billion—or as much as $4 billion if you include interest payments. Consequently, all tolls on Maryland highways, bridges and tunnels have been raised in...
  • Competition Leads to Cost-Savings in Water Infrastructure

    09/20/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-18-13 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year in North America, 300,000 water main breaks threaten the safety of our communities and place enormous financial burdens on states already struggling to balance budgets. Decisions on how to deal with the estimated $3.8 trillion worth of necessary upgrades to our nation’s water infrastructure will have profound fiscal impacts on the states for years to come. However, there is a simple solution: opeWatermain_breakn and competitive procurement practices. Dr. Bonner Cohen discusses this idea in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s newest State Factor, “Lowering Costs in Water Infrastructure through Procurement Reform: A Strategy for State Governments.” Competition is a...
  • Pricing recommendations for I-95 express toll lanes approved

    09/19/2013 7:49:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 19, 2013 | Kevin Rector
    Rush-hour commuters could pay nearly $5 a day in tolls to travel back and forth on a seven-mile stretch of express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore, according to proposed pricing approved Thursday by the board of the Maryland Transportation Authority. The new lanes, scheduled to open late next year, would offer a quicker travel option for commuters willing to pay. The suggested tolls vary by the time of day and the type of vehicle, but a car traveling on the toll lanes during peak hours would pay between 25 cents...
  • Obama Could Learn From FDR on How to Get Things Done (But He believes he Knows Better>

    08/27/2013 4:57:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Evidence of the astonishing incompetence of the Obama administration continues to roll in. It started with the stimulus package. One-third of the money went to public employee union members -- a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else. Billions went to green energy loans, like the $500 million that the government lost in backing the obviously hapless Solyndra. Infrastructure projects, which the president continues to tout, never seem to get built. He's been talking about dredging the port of Charleston, for example, to accommodate the big container ships coming in when the Panama Canal is widened. The canal widening...
  • Use Private Capital for Roads and Bridges, Not Taxpayer Money

    08/20/2013 4:59:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2013 | Michael Barone
    This Congress has been criticized for not passing many laws -- and praised for that in some quarters. And it's true that in quantitative terms its productivity has been low. A major case in point is transportation. Neither the Democratic-majority Senate nor the Republican-controlled House has passed a reauthorization of what was once known as the highway bill, which used to be done every five or six years. This failure can be ascribed in part to partisan warfare and to intra-party differences. But it's also due to the obsolescence of the federal funding scheme used since the Interstate Highway System...
  • Obama’s Magical Misery Tour: Rising Insurance Premiums, Part-time Jobs And Declining Income

    08/12/2013 3:50:51 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/12/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama will be taking his economic message to the people in his luxury bus. Better known as “The Magical Misery Tour.” obammabus The President will be trying to pressure Congress to adopt his proposals for boosting middle-class jobs. 1) Reducing the corporate tax rate that businesses pay in exchange for using some government money for infrastructure projects. 2) Pass a bill funding the government for the next fiscal year and a White House request to raise the Federal debt limit. So President Obama is clinging to the Keynesian notion of the government trying to spend the way to propserity...
  • Larry Schweikart and Burton Folsom: Obama's False History of Public Investment

    08/06/2013 2:29:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 5, 2013 | Larry Schweikart and Burton W. Folsom Jr.
    Entrepreneurs built our roads, rails and canals far better than government did. For almost five years now, President Obama has been making the argument that government "investments" in infrastructure are crucial to economic recovery. "Now we used to have the best infrastructure in the world here in America," the president lamented in 2011. "So how can we now sit back and let China build the best railroads? And let Europe build the best highways? And have Singapore build a nicer airport?" In his recent economic speeches in Illinois, Missouri, Florida and Tennessee, the president again made a pitch for government...
  • Obama Economy Emphasis Is all Talk

    07/26/2013 6:11:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Michael Barone
    We have a president who loves to give campaign speeches to adoring crowds, but who doesn't seem to have much interest in governing. That was apparent Wednesday, when Barack Obama delivered the first of several promised "pivot to the economy" speeches at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he spoke eight years ago as a newly elected U.S. senator. The hour-long speech started off with some characteristic self-referencing -- he didn't have gray hair then, he noted, or a motorcade -- and ended with a quotation from Galesburg native Carl Sandburg. But in between there was not much in the...
  • Some bridge failures can't be avoided

    06/13/2013 12:29:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    JuneauEmpire.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Rich Moniak
    “Thousands of U.S. bridges vulnerable to collapse.” That was the headline of print edition of a CBS news story a few days after an interstate highway bridge collapsed over the Skagit River in Washington State. It was the most ominous sounding lead-in to a warning we’ve heard before. But are events like these signs that our nation’s infrastructure is really crumbing? Or is the news media responding to an illusion that America can and should be made immune to human tragedies? Fortunately, even though a few vehicles plunged into the Skagit River, no one was killed. Nor were there any...
  • Obama in Silicon Valley: Gov’t Should Help Build Broadband Infrastructure Like It Helps Build Roads

    06/08/2013 5:42:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 7, 2013 - 2:59 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking at a fundraising dinner held in Silicon Valley for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday night, President Barack Obama said that the government should play a critical role in creating the nation’s “broadband” infrastructure—a role similar to the one the government plays in building roads and bridges. “[G]overnment has a critical role to play in funding science and research, in creating the infrastructure—not only the old infrastructure of roads and bridges and ports, but the new infrastructure of smartgrids and broadband,” Obama said. Broadband is the medium through which many Americans now get Internet access delivered to their...
  • In the World's Richest Nation, Bridges Shouldn't Collapse

    05/30/2013 7:31:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    RCM ^ | 05/30/2013 | Rick Geddes
    A section of the four-lane I-5 Bridge fell into the Skagit River in Washington State last week. Witnesses said it disappeared in a "big puff of dust." Fortunately, all motorists were spared - in contrast to the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapse in 2007 that killed 13 - although several were injured. This is in addition to the collapse of a highway overpass in Missouri early Saturday, which was caused by a train derailment. The dated I-5 Bridge collapsed because a truck with a tall load struck an overhead steel girder, weakening it. The truck should not have been on...
  • Pay to Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Now, or Pay More Later (BARF!)

    05/25/2013 4:12:57 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 25, 2013 | David Cay Johnston
    We all drive on bridges, overpasses, and viaducts that we assume must be safe because, surely, somebody inspected them and determined that they are safe. We pay taxes so somebody makes sure the bridges and roads are safe, right? That trust is badly misplaced. For decades, we have been using up our infrastructure faster than we have been replacing it. Every day, cars and trucks carrying more than 200 million people cross over bridges in urban areas that remain in use even though they have exceeded their design life or are in such serious need of major repairs that engineers...
  • Dem: Republicans throwing infrastructure 'under the bus’

    05/25/2013 9:26:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2013 | Keith Laing
    A Washington state Democrat is accusing Republicans of “throwing American infrastructure … under the bus” after a bridge collapse there this week. The portion of Interstate 5 in Washington that runs over the Skagit River collapsed on Thursday after a truck hit an overhead support structure, but Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) cited the incident in an interview as proof Republicans were blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically. “Well, they have clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear the president down, but they have done it by throwing the American infrastructure and the society under the...
  • Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist

    04/21/2013 6:58:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Sep 7, 2012 | Charles Jacobs
    HOME :: PUBLICATIONS :: Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist, by CHARLES JACOBS Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist by CHARLES JACOBS September 7, 2012 Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) today released a video (www.nuextremism.com) showing Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain, Imam Abdullah Faaruuq to be a supporter of convicted Islamist terrorists, and a religious leader who is inciting Boston Muslims against the U.S government. "Our video shows that there is a culture of extremism at the Islamic Society of Northeastern University (ISNU) - the Muslim student group on campus under the...
  • Obama Wants to Invest in Infrastructure and Make it Impossible to Build Anything (Carbon Footprints)

    03/15/2013 10:29:27 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | March 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you heard one theme that Obama has been on about at the beginning of both of his terms, it’s infrastructure. During his last campaign, Obama even described it as “Nation Building at Home”, implicitly admitting that he beat down America to the level of Iraq or post-war Japan. All the bridges, we were told, were seconds away from falling down. The highways were full of potholes. The schools were leaning farther than a Pisan tower and if we didn’t build light rail across California, all the illegal aliens would have no choice but to run down pedestrians without a...
  • 24 Countries With Better Infrastructure Than America

    03/11/2013 7:56:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/11/2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    The United States was ranked the seventh-most economically competitive country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2012-2013. The WEF defines competitiveness as "the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country." While the U.S. benefits greatly from the sheer size of its economy, excellent universities, flexible labor markets, and innovative businesses, it's falling behind on the overall quality of infrastructure. The U.S. ranked 25 in this category, falling behind countries like Saudi Arabia, Spain, and South Korea. We took a closer look at those 24 countries...
  • Someone Tell President Obama: American Bridges Aren't "Crumbling"

    02/23/2013 12:09:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/23/2013 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama has been on a blitz while pushing what seems to be an evergreen priority for Democrats these days: "infrastructure investment." In his State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke of Merica's "deteriorating roads and bridges" and proposed what he called a "Fix-It-First" program that would see the government hire construction workers to work on America's infrastructure. This worry is overblown. The Reason Foundation put out a report this week that found America's infrastructure is in fine shape, though there's certainly work to be done. All 50 states lowered their highway fatality rates from 1989 to 2008...
  • Prepare For The Coming Cyber Wars: US Government To Launch Pre-Emptive Cyber Strikes (Prepping)

    02/06/2013 11:18:26 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    SHTF Plan - Off Grid Survival ^ | 2-6-2013 | Robert Richardson
    Prepare For The Coming Cyber Wars: US Government To Launch Pre-Emptive Cyber Strikes Robert Richardson February 5th, 2013 Off Grid Survival For years we have warned our readers about the dangers that a full scale cyber-attack could have on our infrastructure; now those dangers are even higher as the Federal Government prepares to launch Pre-emptive cyber strikes against rogue nations. According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama has just concluded a secret legal review of the administration’s new cyber war guidelines. The guidelines give President Obama the power to order pre-emptive cyber strikes to protect national security interests....
  • Obama’s ‘Investment’ Non-Strategy: Spending more on education won’t drive economic growth.

    02/06/2013 7:15:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that “an economic recovery has begun,” we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn’t cratering either. Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more “investments” in education, infrastructure, and various industries of the future. It seems that whatever the ailment, Dr. Obama always writes the same prescription. This is hardly shocking: Building...