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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Planning to Fail

If an unlikely Rethuglican candidate knows how to remedy the Recession and crumbling national infrastructure at the same time, why is it so hard for Dear Leader, the rest of the Rethuglicans, and the two leading DINOcrat candidates to see it?

...Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg attacked Washington politicians on Saturday for what he called short-sighted, politically motivated spending while the nation’s roads, bridges and airports fall apart.

“Infrastructure isn’t sexy or glamorous, and it doesn’t make for great headlines,” Mr. Bloomberg said in Los Angeles, “but it is one of the most important issues facing our country.

“And make no mistake about it, we have an infrastructure crisis.”

Joined by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, a Republican, and Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, the mayor announced the creation of a nonpartisan organization that will advocate for more, and smarter, federal spending on infrastructure...

It's not like there aren't dozens if not hundreds of public voices (like, say, Herbert or Krugman) advocating precisely this approach as a short and long term remedy.

It is like there are dozens- and dozens of dozens- of private contractors whose lobbyists have Congress et alia bought and paid for, people who have a vested interest in keeping any Federal jobs program completely out of the picture.

It is like there are dozens of dozens of corporations who really salivate at an investment tax break. A government incentive to keep on playing the numbers with the American economy. But when the gamble goes bad, even with the $!45 Billion Dear Leader gives them to roll the dice, they'll be back asking Uncle Sugar to bail their butts out again.

This isn't socialism, of course. It's the free market.

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