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Bryan Preston


February 20, 2013 - 7:55 am

Thanks to the 2009 stimulus plus the fact that President Obama and the Senate Democrats haven’t even passed a budget since then, stimulus spending is now our national baseline. The lack of a budget also does a good job of helping the president dodge accountability for how our money is being spent.

But none of that is enough, apparently, so Obama is once again calling for even more government spending.

President Obama on Wednesday renewed his call for Congress to spend $50 billion to improve the nation’s roads and infrastructure.

The proposal is a repackaging of Obama proposals from his 2011 “American Jobs Act” and he previewed it in last week’s State of the Union address.

The White House outlined the plan in a press release Wednesday, saying Obama wants to spend $40 billion on “most urgent upgrades” to highways, bridges, public transportation systems and airports.

The remaining $10 billion of the plan would go toward the creation of a national infrastructure bank, which Obama has also called for in the past. The entire program is dubbed “fix it first” by the White House.

If the president really wanted to help improve things, he would approve the XL Pipeline, rein in the EPA’s regulatory regime, and abolish ObamaCare. Those three decisions would unleash hiring across the country. He isn’t doing any of that. Instead, he is rehashing ideas that are centered on helping his party ahead of the nation.

“Shovel ready” wasn’t shovel ready last time around, and there’s no reason to think that it’s any more shovel ready this time. But getting actual shovels to move actual earth isn’t the point. It looks like the Obama White House is hoping to build support for a slush fund it can use to spend however it wants. That means the lion’s share of the billions will end up in the coffers of Big Labor in one way or another, and in turn some will end up back in Democrat party coffers in time for the 2014 mid-terms. A curious press might wonder if the president is engaged in a form of laundering taxpayer dollars. That’s certainly what this looks like.

Oh, and if anyone was wondering: Obviously, Barack Obama has no intention of cutting government spending, anywhere, anyhow, anytime. He is a textbook tax and spend liberal with more than a dash of socialism.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I agree with your points as to what would help. However, the country is around $1 trillion in the hole for road, bridge and other infrastructure maintainence.

Unfortunately what Obama is talking about is buidling new roads for his liberal constituents so the elite can have nicer roads with less congestion to drive to and from their government jobs. We're dealing with this in Virginia. The liberals and government workers in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads have been howling for more and better roads for years and have been looting the state road budget to get it while roads elsewhere crumble. However, the staunchly oppose locally higher gas taxes or tolls. Oh sure they supported tolls, in the southern part of the state 200 miles from their homes, but not for themselves.

So that is what Obama is all about: handing out goodies to his supporters and not addressing the real issues.
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