Highway High Jinks

Our own Dan Holler is out with a new column this week discussing the current big-government obsession with infrastructure spending. Liberal lawmakers go on TV and claim that the current climate of thrift would not have allowed the Hoover Dam or the Golden Gate Bridge to be built, while ignoring the fact that environmental and labor regulations would make it all but impossible to be built today.

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced a piece of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan which included $60 billion in infrastructure spending that would be paid for by higher taxes. Dan notes in his article:

“Not wanting to repeat the mistakes of Stimulus 1.0, every single Republican Senator voted against Reid’s political gimmick. Instead, they proposed a 2-year reauthorization of the highway bill that would have gotten at some of the real hurdles toward building roads and producing necessary raw materials, like concrete. Aside from their inability to get funding to appropriate levels in the proposal, it was a good start.”

You can read the full article here.

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