After hovering around $300 billion per year from the middle of President George W. Bush’s tenure through 2010, government spending on building things not related to defense fell by about $60 billion in just a few years. The drop is a result of Republicans blocking President Obama’s efforts to invest in infrastructure that the country needs.

As the Financial Times’ Cardiff Garcia notes, the policy choices represented in the chart above aren’t compatible with a responsible effort to cut the country’s debt. Indeed, they’ll make things worse: “It’s also likely that much of the investment that has been forgone in the name of fiscal consolidation will have to be made eventually anyways — only it will be made when rates are higher, exacerbating the long-term fiscal outlook rather than improving it,” Garcia writes. In order to bring America’s infrastructure up to a reasonable level by 2020, Congress needs to be spending about $450 billion per year, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

So, what can we do?  We must petition the Congress to increase infrastructure spending – fix those roads and bridges and other infrastructure systems.  That will provide jobs and boost spending at home, which will increase revenues.


No War With Syria

by paul on September 6, 2013



Bitter Old Senators And Hot Young Thing Deeply Troubled By Americans’ Inexplicable Refusal To Freak Out Over Benghazi

November 27, 2012

Payback for the John Bolton filibuster back in 2005 of the G.W. Bush administration? So it seems. Lindsay Graham, you nasty closet queen. Benghazi had adequate security which the Republicans had cut funding for, the three senators are making Susan Rice’s Sept. 16 appearances on Sunday news shows their focus, trying to gin up some […]

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Paul Ryan

August 30, 2012

The anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-senior, anti-poor, extreme right-wing “deep thinker,” Ayn Rand fanboy, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is Willard Romney’s VP pick. He lives in such a strange world, divorced from reality. And those cold, dead shark eyes seem full of anger and seek out an opportunity to kill. He looks like the kind of […]

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The Demon Barber of Wall Street

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Here’s a great send-up of the Mitt Romney bullying scandal ala Sweeney Todd.

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Oh Noes! Dick Morris Might Have to “Carry” the Romneysaurus

April 19, 2012

So, to paraphrase Jon Stewart, Dick Morris, you’re shiftless, without principle, craven, self-serving, and “lazy!” Romney did have to admit that he wouldn’t put his dog on the roof if he had to do it all over again.  At least he realized that once was too much. But Romney likes “firing people.” Which is why […]

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HIV Positive Student Denied Admission to Hershey School

April 6, 2012

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is calling for a boycott of all Hershey products after a 13 year old HIV positive boy was denied admission to the school. “In order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the […]

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Watching the GOP Meltdown or Become Stronger?

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Are we watching the GOP’s version of 2008? Remember the bruising campaign between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and how we were all wishing that it would just be over, so we could have our nominee and the general election campaign begin? Well, we all know how that turned out: Obama became a much stronger […]

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What if we all…

November 24, 2011

What if we all as a nation stopped selling American designed weapons, like airplanes, ships, subs, missiles, helicopters, tear gas, et cetera to foreign nations and groups? What if we brought home all of our overseas troops, no matter where they are, discharged all of them except the ones we need to secure our own […]

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Jobs Act Calculator

November 22, 2011
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