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  1. Murphy224

    Murphy224 said, about 4 years ago


  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    We have hundreds of bridges in disrepair, some even rated as dangerous. Our electricity grid is outdated and vulnerable to physical and cyber attacks. Our schools are producing students unprepared for the jobs we need them to do and so overweight and out of shape physically as to make over 300 US military officers express concern for our ability to have a military ready populace. The list goes on, but the gist of the problem is this, if we don’t invest dollars into our country and people, we will cease to be the most powerful nation on the planet. We may remain the most dangerous, but we won’t have the moral or financial authority to lead as we used to.

  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 4 years ago

    Rick Scott turned down over $2 billion federal money for light rail.
    Then he disagrees with Obamacare so he turned down that federal money.
    Then Hurricane Issac did some damage and Rick Scott asked the federal government for $36 million aid.
    He was turned down so now he is blaming Obama for the hurricane,
    That is the depth to which the Republicans and the country have sunk.

  4. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, about 4 years ago

    All the things you stated are a result of Progressive policies enacted over the last 70+ years.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Think about this: In March 2009 there was an article in CNN on the stimulus and infrastructure repairs. Here is a quote from that article.

    Obama and LaHood on Tuesday announced the release of $27 billion in funds from the stimulus package “to help states create a 21st-century infrastructure.”

    The president said it is part of the “largest new investment in America’s infrastructure since President Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System.”

    Obama said another 200 construction projects would be launched over the next few weeks, “fueling growth in an industry that’s been hard hit by our economic crisis.”

    Two weeks ago, Obama signed into law his stimulus plan, known as the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

    The president has said the plan will create or save up to 3.5 million jobs over the next two years. Four-hundred thousand of those will be infrastructure jobs that include rebuilding roads, bridges and schools.

    So since the first stimulus was supposed to do what you say needs doing, what was all that money spent on and why do we have to do what Obama said he was going to do in 2009 AGAIN?

  6. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, about 4 years ago


    No, this makes perfect sense. He does not want money for things the the federal government should not be part of, but he does for things they should be. Light Rail is none of the federal government’s business, and neither is national health care. But emergency services are. QED

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago


    Rocky, the Feds come in and “give” you money for light rail. Then you must find existing track or buy land to build your own. If you build your own then you have to hire and train maintenance people. Public safety standards have to be met and maintained. Equipment must be purchased and maintained. The list is long and it is NOT cheap. 2 billion is not enough.

    So you have to allocate funds from somewhere or institute a tax to build it. Once it is built ridership becomes a problem. What you mean tourists are going to flock to the light rail system to ride between Disney World and Busch Gardens ? Yeah, right.

    Scott is a business man and understood that the project would be a cash vortex sucking the budget dry. WE have other things to do like the billion he put into education.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    Yeah, I can see it as I travel around as well. Now your comment made me go look so I plugged the question in"where does funding for road repairs come from" into my search engine. Every article from on this stated something similar to this.

    • Current funding for road construction, maintenance and operations comes from fuel taxes. Today, due to inflation, these fuel taxes cover approximately half of the road construction, maintenance and operations costs per gallon that they funded when last raised in 1992.

    As I understand it, the gas tax collected by the feds goes into a fund and is then divided up in the states for this purpose. So THAT is why you see constant work going on during your commute. NOT the application of stimulus funds. However I did read one article that said the funds from the stimulus paid for all the signs saying that the construction going on was because of the stimulus and not much else. I believe it. Signage is expensive.

    What do you think?

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    Oh yeah and here is some light reading for you.





    Yes, stimulus was used for this but it is only a part of the funding.

  10. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    C Downs: But doing anything would violate the edicts of Ryan’s goddess, and therefore all Republicans (and a few Democrats) must oppose such action. Mammon is the US established religion.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 4 years ago

    Harley says, “There is tat 3 letter word again….” Yes, “tat” is a 3 letter word; “that”, however, is a 4 letter word.

  12. charliekane

    charliekane said, about 4 years ago

    Some, but obviously not all of us, are aware that the 2009 stimulus package kept the engine from siezing, but was not adequate to blast us out of the chasm we were in. We are steadily climbing out, and more folks are coming to that realization. This contributes to the accelerating Romney campaign failure.
    But, if you want to see people working, generating earnings to bring demand back to the economy so that private business get to firing on all cylinders, a bold and more massive infrastructure rebuilding plan could be just the ticket.
    Of course, we’re talking that dreaded government spending. But dammit folks, it works!
    Being a perpetual optimist, I am holding out for Obama’s opposition to back down and let us move forward with these kinds of positive programs once the failure of their four year objective becomes complete, November 6th.

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    Obama’s failure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison is one of many reasons I am not voting FOR Obama as much as I’m voting against the extreme party the Republicans have become. During WW2, German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were interred in the USA, even in my own city, but Republicans-stating fears of terrorist attacks-have not allowed Obama to open any facilities on the continental USA. I fear this is so they can use questioning technmiques, ie, torture, to get info from those being held. The FBI has proven in its long history to have great success in getting info from prisoners through sympathetic techniques, much more success than torture has rendered.
    We do have alot to do.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago


    Alot of the stimulus money was wasted. Plain and simple. Obama made an assumption that Americans of both parties would put aside self interest and act in the best interest of the USA. He was wrong. The Dems told the Republicans “you lost, we won, we do it our way” and the republicans said, “No you won’t” even when the way the Dems were going to do it, under Obama, was by enacting Republican ideas. Programs went unfunded, personnel went unapproved by the committees who were supposed to fill the positions, and the self interested profited by spending the money in ways that profited individuals while entire communities went without the benefits the stimulus was supposed to give. So yes… we need to do it again. Only this time, we need to do it like we mean it and actually fix things instead of just spending the money.

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    well, my answer to your second post seems to have disappeared. I said that I understand the trust of your statement and that I was pointing out that while some stimulus funds were used in infrastructure work, it is by no means the main source of funding.

    Now as to your point of stimulus money being wasted, my thought is that you are saying government worked like government works all the time. There is some good things that government does however there is a bunch of waste and a bunch of corruption that takes away from it.

    If you think that you will get different results with the same people in charge when you give them access to another empty credit card then you are sadly mistaken.

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