Shovel Ready?

The President says he find the condition of America’s infrastructure embarrassing.

Hold it! I thought we spent hundreds of billions of dollars on “shovel ready” infrastructure projects. Didn’t that get done during his first term?

Or maybe it was something else that was shovel ready.

13 thoughts on “Shovel Ready?

  1. It’s funny, you’d think this Obama character hasn’t been president for years and isn’t willing to unilaterally take action when he wants to.

    “Now, you got an authoritarian government, you know, that isn’t necessarily accountable. I understand we’re not going to do that.” Err, not for infrastructure at least.

  2. Dear President Obama

    I hear you! I feel you man! I have a great improvement – a project that is truly shovel ready and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Its a wonderful project about 2500 miles long, and 15 feet high and will employee 100’s of thousands of local workers….

    • Nah, his highness has made the transition from horse shit to bull shit and is now in the land of chicken shit.

  3. Infrastructure improvements should be driven by engineering. Have engineers evaluate the probability of failure of a given road/power grid/port/railway, the cost of repair, and then assign every such road/repair/new infrastructure project a priority on a list. Fund $X of repairs per year, consistently. No stimulus, and no going fifty years without new infrastructure projects. Regular maintenance, just like you do on a car.

  4. He didn’t use the money for shovel ready projects, various special interests groups were not amused that shovels are mostly used by big, sweaty men and thus they wouldn’t be getting THEIR cut. In ask any left-leaning politician if they’d cut a dollar to social security, welfare, medicare, etc to pay for an infrastructure project. Then ask if tax dollars were added in order to pay for infrastructure projects, but one of those programs ran into underruns and needed more financing if they’d be comfortable transferring dollars. Infrastructure is a great justification to get more money, but in the end they’re comfortable letting it rot for their actual spending priorities. If you think this isn’t the case, take a look at anywhere in Eastern Europe where communism took hold. Look at their infrastructure.

  5. About 25% to 30% of our gas taxes go to transit projects and one engineering group as said we have $1 Trillion in needed UNFUNDED infrastructure projects. I’m not sure what timeline they are using so I’m going to assume 30 years since most freeways can last 30-40 years with decent maintenance.

    So, $1 Trillion divided by 30 years is $33.4 Billion per year. Currently we drive an estimated 3 Billion miles a year in the US annually (500 Million is commercial trucks & 450 Million is private vehicle). This works out to a needed revenue of 11 cents per mile. If we take out the transit portion it drops to 8.4 cents per mile. But perhaps 50% of these projects are NOT interstates or other federal highways so that gets us into the 4.2 cents per mile realm for revenue needed.

    If we assume commercial trucks average 10 MPG and private vehicles get 20 MPG, then diesel would need an additional tax of 42 cents per gallon and gas 84 cents per gallon to pay for my rough estimate of $375 Billion in interstate and US highway needs over the next 30 years.

    Your mileage will vary… Just one way to look at this issue.

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