Crumbling infrastructure hurting economy

Crumbling infrastructure hurting economy

pothole - wikimediaHow can you tell there’s a pothole up ahead on the road? Look for the sign, “Welcome to California!”

A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers found the country’s crumbling roads are hurting productivity by delaying supplies to factories. A previous study found California’s roads are among the worst in the country.

We’ve all suffered rough riding on these horrible roads. In a trip I took last year around Silicon Valley, with the world’s greatest concentration of billionaires, I was shocked — and shook up — to be riding over potholed interstates. Well, at least the tech oligarchs can jet to the Fatherland to ride their Bentleys and Mercedes on the speedlimitless Authobahn.

More seriously, the NAM study found, as the Wall Street Journal reported:

“The United States is stuck in a decade-long decline [in infrastructure spending] that will eventually harm job creation, future productivity and our ability to compete head-to-head with companies all over the globe,” said NAM President Jay Timmons. President Obama in August signed legislation that propped up the federal highway fund until May with $10.8 billion derived from a relaxation of pension funding rules that exposes more of companies’ profits to federal income taxes.

NAM wants another $100 billion a year built on the infrastructure. Good luck on that. The money already is committed to federal and state debt, federal, state and local pensions and numerous other pork projects. Besides, fixing the roads for manufacturing also would allow more automobiles to flow freely, worsening “climate change.”

Tax increases just would go to fund Tesla battery cars or high-speed rail.

My suggestion: Stock up on shock absorbers.

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  1. Ulusses Uhaul
    Ulusses Uhaul 27 September, 2014, 14:32

    Yep. It is election season……pictures of potholes….the populist imagery is sickening-

    Next subject…..this one is beater!

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 27 September, 2014, 16:56

    Hey, when the country is invading sovereign nations all over the world without legal authorization and pummeling them with multi-million dollar cruise missiles and claiming our newest war in Syria will continue for ‘years’ – there’s no money left over to repair our infrastructure. You can only use a missile or a bomb once. After it explodes your investment goes up in smoke. With the money spent on a couple cruise missiles we could reinforce aging bridges or repair traffic tunnels or fix our worn out water pipes like the one next to UCLA where we lost 20 million gallons of potable water! But oh no! We have to meddle in foreign wars and waste all the money blowing people up. Wait until Russia is pulled into it! Then you’re really going to see your money go up in smoke! Or maybe in a flash of thermonuclear light! If we keep this crap up you might even see it from your living room window! 🙁

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  3. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 27 September, 2014, 19:48

    Well, we’re all screwed then! The only thing left to do now is to decide where we want to be while its happening. I choose the U.S. of America!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 27 September, 2014, 22:56

      You voted for the pacifist anti-war liberal in the White House who is keeping us entangled in military conflicts across the globe, seesaw. Blame yourself!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 00:07

      Oh, I know, seesaw. You get off on US involvement in foreign civil wars as long as your nephew doesn’t have to go over there and fight, right? But if the neighbor’s kid is sent over there to dodge bullets – well, that’s just fine, isn’t it?

      Sort of like with the pensions. As long as you’re on the receiving end and won’t be around to pay the bill 25 years from now it’s all good! Let the youngin’s figure it out. 😉

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  4. Desmond
    Desmond 28 September, 2014, 06:37

    I amazed at the president’s supporters who now think the bombing of ISIL is the correct path. Would they enlist? Of course not, the mere thought of combat shrivels their little Oscar like an ice shower.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 09:47

      You’re right, Desmond. All the liberal flower-children who wanted Bush impeached for going into Iraq are Obama’s biggest cheerleaders as he bombs a sovereign nation without any international legal authority whatsoever. And there has already been collateral damage with innocent women and children dying in the airstrikes. Even the Syrian Rebels who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of the airstrikes are complaining that their wives and children are being blown to bits. The entire scene over there is insane. We are reportedly helping our enemies and killing our friends. Everything we’ve touched over there has turned to crap. We invaded Iraq to give them ‘freedom’ and suddenly their nation has been taken over by terrorists. Saddam was the best leader possible for Iraq. At least he kept the terrorists out. And Obama pulverizes Libya with US missiles, sets up the assassination of Ghaddafi to ‘free’ the people – and today there’s a civil war there. We’ve been in Afgahnistan for over 10 years to rid the nation of the terrorists and now the Taliban have resurged and are taking over Afghani cities. Everything we touch turns to crap. No wonder the world hates us!

      But the funniest part is that the America liberals have turned hawkish!!! 😀 If you don’t believe me go watch MSNBC or CNN. All are justifying Obama’s illegal invasions and calling for perpetual war!!! 😀

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  5. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 08:55

    Oh, what idiots you both are! I hate war! I don’t want my loved ones or anyone’s loved ones in combat! I don’t have a nephew by blood, but I do have some grandchildren, both male and female–and you are darned-right on how I would feel about any of them enlisting! What the heck does that have to do with me having a pension that I earned! My loved ones all benefit from that, and so do you because I am not on social services. In the meantime, we elected our leaders and we stand behind them, and behind our country! They ought to round you two up with all the others like you, and put you on your own island, in the middle of nowhere!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 28 September, 2014, 09:04

      Sure SeeSaw, round up all the producers that are paying for your RAGWUS pension and ship them off!! I can assure you it wouldn’t be long before you feeders would be using the military to bring those paying for your pension back!! 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 09:55

        Donkey, I bet if the citizens revolted in the streets over the public pension system and the militarized cops started gunning us down in cold blood (like what happened at Kent State) that seesaw would be cheerleading the cops! 😉

        She said “In the meantime, we elected our leaders and we stand behind them, and behind our country!”

        In other words, no matter whether our leaders turn into war criminals, we must support them! Love it or leave it! My country…right or wrong! Sounds like slogans we heard from another nation back in 1939, doesn’t it?

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 28 September, 2014, 13:49

          LIC, we heard that in the 1960’s and 1970’s too!! And in most every military action since!! 🙂

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 09:32

    A third idiot! Join their Club Donkey–that’s the great thing about living in America. You have the choice to be a jerk! I earned my pension, so you can stop your whining about who pays for it–you sure don’t!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 28 September, 2014, 13:58

      You are mistaken my love! I do pay for your pension, as well as the poor in the state that don’t have access to the RAGWUS world of thievery.

      What exactly did you build SeeSaw to “earn” your pension? What did you sell to the public that was of value to get $90,000 a year, with COLA’s every year? The truth is you were only a statist tool, used to keep watch over the producers of the nation, stealing a piece from every worker in the private sector. I like the way the French handled people that stole from them. 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 14:23

        Donkey, a rhesus monkey could perform some government jobs and probably perform more productively than many current gov workers.

        And why should a basic gov office gopher collect a big pension and get to retire at 55 when everyone else has to work until 65 ot 70?

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        • SeeSaw
          SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 16:46

          LIC: I was 72 when I retired–I had to work that long to get a decent amount to live on after working for 40 years. Satisfied? I was more than an office gopher! How rude you are!

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          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 23:05

            You worked for the gov for 40 years, seesaw. Now your opinions and attitudes are starting to make perfect sense.

            I wasn’t referring to you when I commented on ‘office gophers’. I meant relatively low skilled gov workers being allowed to retire at 55 with as much as 80% of their last paycheck until they croak is obscene, when private sector personnel in the same job class must work until they are 65 or 70.

            Boy, after 40 years in gov you must have been one of the head gov honchos in charge. If you don’t mind telling us, what was your last job title when you finally tossed in the towel, seesaw?

      • SeeSaw
        SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 17:00

        I worked in the public sector for 40 years, serving the likes people who were thankfully, not as rude as you! Yes, I did earn my pension which is far south of $90,000. And, yes, I pay taxes too and I help the same people you help! If the truth were known, you probably made it with the help of the lower, middle class citizens like me. You had a product to sell, did you not! You seem to know nothing about economics–if you create the supply, there will be no demand unless people have money to buy. You knew that? Oh, really, (laughing)! I worked in the private sector too, and my spouse is from the private sector–we are all citizens here. Your schtick has had its time–stop while you still have a modicum of self-respect.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 28 September, 2014, 19:24

          So for 40 years you collected a fancy shade of “welfare with a title” did you. So why is it you get more than the people that worked forty years that are receiving Social Security SeeSaw? Is it because the RAGWUS has special connections to the politicians? It sure isn’t that you produced a product that aided the GDP.

          I go back to my idea that no RAGWUS feeder should be receiving more than the average family income of every Californian, around $50,000 a year and no feeder should be receiving anymore than $90,000 a year for their so-called work!! 🙂

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          • Tgod The Steele Mindset System (tm)
            Tgod The Steele Mindset System (tm) 30 September, 2014, 13:15

            Duncey– Don’t you have kids who will collect a gov pension? Are they welfare cheaters too?

            Or are you “special”?

  7. Ulusses Uhaul
    Ulusses Uhaul 28 September, 2014, 09:50

    Saw…yep they are always criptically challenged.

    But you got to admit defending gentle giants beating up five foot store clerks and dutiful police could get us all killed. Isil is not a monopoly game either!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 10:14

      We created ISIS and ISIL. In fact, both are using OUR weapons over there. Did you know that? We are bombing groups of people armed with US weapons. The REAL reason we illegally invaded Syria is to topple the Assad government. Just like we toppled the Iraqi gov and the Libyan gov. We want OUR bankers to run their financial systems and we want OUR gas and oil pipelines to run through their nations, just like the pipeline that’s being built through Afghanistan today. So we think we can just invade any sovereign nation without international legal authority so we can use their resources for our benefit? We massacred over 400,000 innocent Iraqi’s as a result of our WMD invasion of Iraq. And we justify ilelgally invading Syria over a couple western journalists who got their heads chopped off? Americans are so easily manipulated through emotion. And Americans have such short memories. We’ve forgotten all about the Iraq fiasco. Besides, the 19 terrorists who brought down the world trade centers were SAUDI ARABIANS, not Iraqi’s or Afghani’s. Why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia? Hmmm??? 😉

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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 11:10

    stay in your bunkers while you continue to spout your hatrid! You can do that in this country. The only thing you have right now is your own verbiage–you have no power over me–so I want you to stay right where you are, so that I can go about my daily-rounds, being a good citizen, without running into you!

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  9. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 28 September, 2014, 14:17

    Goodness! My my, such acrimony! Liberal haters rampaging out of control, greasy pony tails on fire, spitting venom from their fangs, while good clean sober responsible conservatives and libertarians simply try to conduct a fair and balanced discussion of the issues.

    I’m shocked to learn from the NAM that there is ANY manufacturing happening in the USA anymore, especially in California, regardless of the condition of the roads. Manufacturing in a capitalist system is simply another form of race and class-based exploitation, which spews carbon into the atmosphere, while masquerading as ‘production’. All roads belong to the State and the State uses the roads and other infrastructure to keep the citizens SAFE. Above all we must be SAFE..

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 16:18

    LIC–No. I am French and Irish

    BG: I agree about acrimony–it comes from you conservatives!

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  11. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 17:03

    This began when we went to Iraq in the first place, LIC. McGovern, rest his soul, advised Bush not to go there–said if he did, it would be 20 years before he ever got out. I hate war!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 28 September, 2014, 19:57

      You’re so disingenuous, seesaw.

      Obama is Bush on steroids when it comes to war. Obama has been in office for 6 years now. We still have tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. We’ve been there now for 13 years. Obama bombed Libya without legal authorization in violation of the War Powers Act of 1973 and arranged for the assassination of a sitting President of a sovereign nation (Ghaddafi) in violation of the Geneva Convention. If another leader did something like that he’s be tried in the Hauge for war crimes. Of course, Obama pulled out of Iraq prematurely and terrorists took over. Now he’s decided to go back in again. lol. And to top it all off, Obama has launched yet another illegal war in Syria without legal authorization and he is arming terrorists to fight other terrorists!!! LOL!!! Obama has lost all control. He’s an idiot and you voted for him. Twice!!! LOL!!!

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  12. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 28 September, 2014, 23:04

    I’m just one citizen out of 300 million. I cast a vote for Obama twice. The seeds for all of this were planted long before Obama came along. Bush going to Iraq laid the foundation for where we are now. You are a bleeping narcissist who cares about nothing but yourself! And, I’m not a fortune teller!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 29 September, 2014, 06:49

      “The seeds for all of this were planted long before Obama came along. Bush going to Iraq laid the foundation for where we are now. You are a bleeping narcissist who cares about nothing but yourself!”

      Typical dem in deep denial.

      Obama is a victim. It’s all the fault of Bush. lol. Bush made Obama prematurely exit Iraq and let the terrorists take over. Bush made Obama illegally attack Libya, setting up the assassination of a sitting President of a sovereign land in violation of the Geneva Convention, which resulted in the murder of our Ambassador in Benghazi. Bush forced Obama to drone attack Pakistan and kill hoardes of school children and mothers. And, finally, Bush made Obama attack Syria without any international legal authorization, which has already resulted in collateral damage and the deaths of innocent women and children.

      You’ll stoop to any level to protect the home team, won’t ya? 🙂

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  13. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 29 September, 2014, 09:41

    In the meantime, let’s get this infrastructure fixed. There is plenty of work to waiting for Roosevelt-type work-programs all over this country. We need to pay more taxes! The economy would boom!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 29 September, 2014, 10:12

      Well, maybe if your nobel peace prize winner would give it a break and stop starting new wars we’d have some money left over to repair and renovate our infrastructure. If a big one (8 or higher)on the Richter Scale ever hits LA there are going to be dozens of buildings and bridges collapse due to lack of proper maintainance and retrofitting. Thousands are going to die. Some of those buildings in the old sections of town were built back in the 20’s and 30’s. No way would they withstand an 8.0 quake. But Obama has to keep his sugar daddy defense contractors fat and happy. He’s placed the infrastructure of the nation is on perpetual hold. 🙂

      Same with Brownie. He wants to build his multi-billion dollar crazy train while the infrastructure rots. When the next big quake hits I hope he gets charged with manslaughter.

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  14. Ulusses Uhaul
    Ulusses Uhaul 29 September, 2014, 22:21

    Saw……

    Where are those shovel ready projects the Great Leader told us about….

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  15. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 30 September, 2014, 00:29

    Good question.

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  16. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 30 September, 2014, 16:39

    In 2010, VP Joe Biden publicly announced that the US would be “totally out” of Afghanistan “come hell or high water, by 2014.”

    How many months left in 2014? About 3. Any chance that our troops will vacate Afhanistan this year? ZERO CHANCE. *%$^&@# liars.

    In fact, it’s being reported today that the US just signed a new agreement with Karzaai to keep troops in Afghanistan until 2024. None of these political bottomfeeders can be trusted at their word.

    On top of that, it’s reported that Afghan poppy production is at record highs despite the US occupation. So we have a massive drug war to stop the importation of dangerous drugs, with dozens of DEA offices around the world
    while our government protects the poppy growers in Afghanistan!!! 😀

    In fact, most of the drug lords in Afghanistan are Taliban terrorists. And the Taliban uses the funds from their poppy operations to buy weapons for the terrorists – that are used to kill innocent citizens and allied forces!

    And, of course, this behavior on part of the US gov neccessitates the continued occupation of Afghanistan to interdict the ‘war on terrorism’. 😀

    Our gov leaders relish perpetual war and keep pouring more gasoline on the fire to ensure we have an endless list of enemies and conflict.

    No wonder the defense industry loves them so. 😉

    All of this is on Obama’s watch, seesaw. He’s been POTUS now for 6 years. Now we’re engaged in multiple military conflicts. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya……

    You got flim-flammed by Obama, seesaw. Admit it.

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  17. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 30 September, 2014, 18:42

    I voted for the best of the two candidates and Obama was my choice. McCain would have made Obama look like a midget when it would have come to being a war-hawk, and Mitt would be too busy preening in front of the mirror. I just hope Obama gets through the rest of this term without something happening to him or his family. The seeds for what is happening in middle east now were planted long before Obama. Slow down before you have a heart attack!

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  18. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 30 September, 2014, 22:30

    You didn’t have to vote for Obama or McCain or Romney. There were 3rd party candidates running too! Or you could have written in a candidate of your choice. Or you could have abstained from voting for the POTUS. Stop making excuses after the fact. By voting for Obama – TWICE – you are indirectly responsible for all his repulsive actions. He fooled you. You swallowed his bait hook, line and sinker.

    Obama illegally attacked Libya and now Syria. Bush has NOTHING to do with those attacks. And Obama withdrew troops from Iraq prematurely and now must put more boots on the ground. Obama PROMISED to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Now he has agreed to keep them there until 2024. He lied again (“If you like your health care plan and your doctor, you can keep them! No matter what!”) One lie after another. History will remember Obama as the “Flim-Flam POTUS”.

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