Or is it stimuli?
I cannot figure out why more isn’t said lately on the stimulus and where it went. (or didn’t go as the case may be.) But its clear that Libs, more quietly now, are pushing for more stimulus. (stimulus is like fish food to Libs) In their reasoning they suggest infrastructure is in need of repair. How about that infrastructure? Wasn’t the first one sold to us under the guise of infrastructure, or all those shovel-ready projects? Even Obama had a chuckle over it saying “it turned out shovel-ready was not too shovel-ready.” – disengenuously. He wasn’t too surprised.
In the stimulus package, just 1/3rd was originally scheduled for infrastructure. But within that were funds for records infrastructure etc. But of that third, only a small part of it was actually for roads and bridges or repairs. Sure all the talk was about that and how bad it was needed. But only around 6% of stimulus funds went to infrastructure like roads and bridges. There is a phrase for that; it’s called the old bait and switch. So where did money go?
Well, the long list contains a lot of state aid and funds which went to public employees of all kinds. They got stimulated. The roads and bridges, not so much. It went into that giant cesspool of all those public sector jobs. it was supposedly saving, which was only temporary. (The money had to stop sometime.) In the meantime, it bought the support…votes in political speak, of public employees and unions. You want to know where the money for infrastructure went? Look to the public payrolls. But that is old news now. Why isn’t it important anymore? And remember Joe Biden was put in charge to play cop and judge?
What gets me is how often talk comes up now on infrastructure spending and the dire need it. Government has issued reports rating our roads and bridges infrastructure a ‘D’. And we just spent 800 billion dollars with a 6% token to it. At that rate how much more “infrastructure” spending would we have to do to get a sizeable amount (or percentage) of the total to go to roads and bridges? Its estimated we need to spend 2.5 trillion on it. Its scary to think how much miscellaneous money would also have to be spent(wated), to see 2.5T go toward it? But its in the stratosphere, for sure. (maybe 4 trillion plus, who knows?)
Still they say we have to spend …. And soon it will be “no time to waste”… “we can’t wait!” That’s my prediction. It should infuriate every American to be told they were hot on that cause, with borrowed money and then, “oops, I guess not”. So infrastructure can wait. Union jobs could not. The public sector needed money, as it turned out. But “it turns out shovel-ready were not so shovel-ready”
Yet it does get worse, if that was possible. Just recently when Obama was asked about the economy, he said “the private sector is doing fine”. In honing down his comments, he revealed the problems are in the public sector. We are loosing jobs in the public sector, he said. Well, dang, all that money going into public coffers and now he says there is a big problem with the public sector and jobs. (some of his favorite folks, er voters)
Hence, back to the original debate over their desire for more stimulus spending – whatever they want to call it now. And it is election season so the votes need to be purchased. I can almost smell another emergency coming on. Any emergency will do. One they can use for a vehicle. States are strapped, so they will be looking for any avenue to get to Spendville. And once again maybe a fresh mention to “roads and bridges”, ha ha, but it would go to the public sector and/or employees.
Of course that is just my stab in the dark guess while they must be scheming up something. ‘We must never loose those public sector jobs’. As much stimulus spending as it was, all that prior spending did was buy more time – which happens to be very, very expensive in Washington.
A strange thing happened weeks ago, Obama brought up his favorite talking point about roads, bridges and infrastructure in his “you didn’t build that” debut. He cleverly infused it into his campaign stump speech. Then again in his convention speech. Does anyone think it was incidental or unintentional? You may want to look at the second article under reference, for background, if you do. What with all that money Obama is “saving”.
I will use the money we’re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways.
Because after two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it’s time to do some nation- building right here at home.
Funny, his way of “nation building” so far is to tear America apart and down. I can’t stomach any more of his “nation building”. If Clinton was building “the bridge to the 21st century”, Obama is building the bridge to the ash heap. ‘Slumming down America’. There’s a bumper slogan for Biden.