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Ain’t you boys built that dang road yet?

Obama’s stimulus plan involves an infusion of cash for middle-class tax cuts, rebuilding roads, bridges and schools, building broadband Internet access and investing in clean energy. November 23, 2008

Spending tens of billions of dollars on new infrastructure such as schools, bridges and water systems could also be effective, both as a short-term economic boost and as a means of raising the country’s long-term productive capacity. January 7, 2009

In what amounts to the second stimulus plan since he took office – this one estimated at $75 billion to $200 billion – Obama asked Congress to fund jobs to rebuild roads, bridges, railways and waterways. December 08, 2009

Ten months into President Barack Obama’s first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an AP analysis has found. Jan 11, 2010

…the stimulus has cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, bailed out every state, hustled record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families and funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more. Aug. 26, 2010

The $450 billion package would raise income, boost hiring, and improve roads and bridges. Sep 9, 2011

Shall I go on? I could, you know. On and on and on. Or you could do it yourself: go to Google and search +Obama +stimulus +roads. Those quotes cover three years and three separate demands for huge wads of money.

The whole rest of the package was more of the same, too. I mean, he ran his first campaign on this shit.

But I was struck by the roads and schools. Because construction projects can only go at a finite pace, and it sounds like he’s jammed so much money down that funnel already that some of it is bound to be sitting there now, stimulating nothing.

How many crappy roads have we got?

Picture nicked from the excellent Shorpy.com.

September 9, 2011 — 8:32 pm
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