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:
Before Congress left for August recess, they passed a short-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress has enacted 22 short-term reauthorizations in the 1,521 days since the last FAA full reauthorization expired. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who is working on a full reauthorization said, “This thing’s got to get going. Four years is a little embarrassing.”
It certainly is embarrassing that an FAA bill hasn’t gotten through Congress in four years. But guess who has had control over Congress during that time? Let’s see…in 2006, Democrats won the mid-term elections and had complete control over Congress until…2010. It is now 2011. Democrats had total control during those four years, and Sen. Rockefeller was the relevant committee chairman for two of them! Basically, he is admitting that all the blame for this stalled bill lies with his party.
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A solid majority of Americans continue to support the repeal of President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare. According to a new report from Rasmussen, 53% of likely voters want the law repealed and, since the Supreme Court decided to take up the constitutionality of the law, believe that repeal is likely.
Another poll from Rasmussen shows that 69% think that the federal government has no authority to force Americans to purchase health insurance. This does not bode well for President Obama, who faces a decision on this very case during his re-election campaign. If the Supreme Court finds the mandate unconstitutional, it will be as detrimental to the President as the collapse of Lehman Brothers was for Sen. John McCain in 2008.