Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Transportation Infrastructure -- Which Projects?

Yesterday, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a press release and You Told Us brochure on how important the Obama/Reid/Pelosi "stimulus" spending plan is to the country's transportation infrastructure.

It is well documented that the nation has roads, bridges, railroads, waterways/ports are in need of repair. One can even make a good case that investment in transportation system can create certain jobs associated with road construction and pay-off long term.

What the documents fail to do is address which projects we should do and which ones we should not to do. Anyone who knows politics knows the answer to this: the projects in Democrat districts, regardless of their merit, will get approved.

There will not be an open dialogue or analysis of the cost-benefit of the projects. Democrat districts will get the projects, Republican ones will not.

End result: re-election fodder for the Democrat candidate -- "look what I did for you..."

Again, not a national economic stimulus plan, rather a Democrat Party stimulus plan.

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