Mr. Obama's State of The Union lecture itemized his plans for future "investments" in our infrastructure. He is no longer calling spending what it really is - SPENDING - but now it's all about "INVESTMENTS." He believes changing the terminology will make us all swallow our medicine like good little kiddies. Just pat us on the head, throw some "pork" our way, and we'll be peachy keen. This is the Politics Of Deception taken to its highest level.
But I do believe "infrastructure spending" was a major part of the so-called stimulus plan, and that was sure a big success, wasn't it?
Now he wants to spend billions on developing and building a light rail choo choo system throughout the U.S. But wait, our highway system is deteriorating, bridges are old and collapsing, road beds are falling apart, ramps are crumbling. But Obama's "investment" in infrastructure cannot be spent on our highway system - at least in Wisconsin. It can only be spent on choo choos.
Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker has turned down $810 million federal tax dollars that Obama wanted to give WI for building the light rail choo choo from Milwaukee to Madison. Walker said NO, WI cannot afford the rest of the money it would take to build it, nor can WI afford to maintain the system after it's completed. The yearly subsidy from WI taxpayers would be $9.7 million. That's because the choo choo system will never pay for itself through ticket prices, and Obama knows it - and so does Governor Walker. But Obama says if you don't spend my gift on choo choo trains, I will give the gift to someone who will. You cannot spend it on improving your roads and highway system. That would not be "green" enough for Obama. And he's doing this nationwide.
Oh, yes, you are so smart to remember. Washington is already in the "train" business? It's called Amtrak. Here's the Amtrack history. Amtrak loses money on 41 of 44 routes. The government subsidizes Amtrak over $1 billion dollars every single year - money gone down the black sink hole of the government run choo choo system.
And why do we need light speed rail everywhere in the U.S.? Because Obama says so. We're told there must be a faster, more frequent, more convenient CARLESS travel alternative. It's all about going green, no matter what it costs the government, which is you, the taxpayer. Obama and Washington simply don't give a hoot and a holler what you think or how much money we don't have.
But this is the TRUTH. The current federal deficit amounts to about $49,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. There is an IOU for you, each of your children and grandchildren filed away in the innards of the Federal Reserve. This represents what our lawmakers have wasted on your behalf as of today. And it will continue to get worse every year thanks in part to Obama's spending spree that doesn't stop. Government borrowing for 3 years under Obama budgets (2009-2011) will be more than the first 225 years of our country put together. Our future is being mortgaged at a record pace. And Obama and many in Washington don't care.
Yes, that's right. There are Democrats and Republicans in Washington equally as responsible for the U.S. financial mess as Obama. But he's the President. He is the leader. He should be leading the charge to reduce federal spending dramatically. Instead what do we get?
A freeze of existing federal spending, which is 84% higher than it was when Obama took office. It's scary to think that Obama is so ignorant of economics that he really believes a spending freeze at the current levels will do anything to get us out of this sky-is-falling economic mess.
And along with Obama's "freeze" we get "investment" in light rail choo choos. Chug-a-chug-a choo choo, Obama. Have you forgotten? WE ARE BROKE!! There is NO MONEY for your grandiose plans. So why don't you chug-a-chug-a choo choo right out of Washington. We don't need any more of your "hope and change." It's killin' us.
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