Dinki: Simple solution- pull the DOT money from every project in all the Red states. They don't need that Federal government interfering in their lives anyway.
Errk: There has been more highway construction around here in the last 5 years than I can ever remember, with no end in sight.
BalugaJoe: The roads must roll.
dwrash: The federal government serving as middle man for state highway projects (except for the interstate system) never made sense to me. I wonder how much the feds skim off the top?
Mr. Coffee Nerves: And when the next bridge collapses the same Congresspeople who voted against investing in infrastructure in the name of pandering to a guy wearing 58-inch-waist pantaloons and piloting a SSI-paid Hoverrround festooned with Gadsden flags will hold endless press conferences and vigils demanding "something be done"...before voting "no" on the next highway funding bill.If the Interstate Highway System didn't exist and were proposed today the bill wouldn't make it out of a House Subcommittee.
Peter von Nostrand: Dinki: Simple solution- pull the DOT money from every project in all the Red states. They don't need that Federal government interfering in their lives anyway.Texas has you beat already. We're just using toll roads so bootstrappy rich people won't be inconvenienced when going to protest taxes
Mr. Coffee Nerves: If the Interstate Highway System didn't exist and were proposed today the bill wouldn't make it out of a House Subcommittee.
FourDirections: Look, it was only a matter of time before Road Warrior became reality, this just bumped it forward by a few years. I recommend a very fast motorcycle, armbands that shoot tiny arrows, and assless chaps.
GORDON: THE US federal budget is twice as big as it was 10 years ago, and yet there's no money for roads.Nope, nothing fishy here.
vernonFL: The last time I was in Jamaica, the locals just repair some of the roads themselves, and then ask passing cars for donations.How bootstrappy is that ?Get ready, USA, your infrastructure will soon be of the same quality as developing Caribbean nations,/if it isn't already.
Taxcheat: Can someone name any government trust fund that hasn't been empty for the past 20 years?This is a phony crisis trumped up by the same people who steal all the gas tax money to build billion-dollar trolleys.
dustman81: Mr. Coffee Nerves: If the Interstate Highway System didn't exist and were proposed today the bill wouldn't make it out of a House Subcommittee.President Dwight D. Eisenhower would be called a RINO and a socialist for even proposing the Interstate Highway System if he would have proposed it today.
RareChimer: Change gas taxes. Make them dependent on mileage traveled and on vehicle weight. Make fines on odometer tampering and weight fraud massive. Increase as necessary to keep the trust funded 100%. Watch people start demanding more transit and sustainable commute options. Then, slow road construction, focus on repairs and enhancements, and call it a win.Just as with parking, Americans have lived too long with heavily subsidized driving expenses and have literally built their living environment around it. Well, such subsidies aren't fiscally let alone ecologically sustainable.Don't bail out the trust fund. Make those who damage the roads pay for it.Oh, the per-gallon tax should stay as well. This would become a sin tax that gives intrinsic incentive to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. The funds from this tax should go to facilitating sustainable walkabity improvements, bicycle improvements, and the expansion of transit.
bhcompy: Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) proposed a 12-cent gas-tax hike last month, which would raise $164 billion; the bill would be coupled with corporate tax breaks to offset the tax increaseHow do corporate tax breaks offset the increase? I'm not a corporation. I'm not offset by this.
Demonrats: How many more $800,000,000,000 shovel ready stimulus packages do we need to fix our roads? Maybe if more than 10% of it actually went to infrastructure there would be more money for roads.
mrmopar5287: We had the Trillion dollar Spendulous bill that was full of "shovel ready" jobs to fix roads, bridges, etc. but the money went to the unions instead.
Private_Citizen: Dinki: Simple solution- pull the DOT money from every project in all the Red states. They don't need that Federal government interfering in their lives anyway.Well, it would be fair - after all, most Red states also have the largest number of people who pay no Federal Income tax (you know, Mitt's 47%):[img.fark.net image 525x387]
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