Saturday, October 10, 2009

Obama Recovery Act Money, Road Construction, and the Nation’s Roads

October 9th, 2009

As one that travels extensively by road, I would like to add this comment before this blog gets underway. Recent stimulus bills passed by Congress and the Obama administration have been causing significant traffic-jams / delays on the roadways of the nation as a result of funded infrastructure repairs. It seems that most of these repairs are in the form of roadway resurfacing with approximately three inches of asphalt or the removal of trees that are encroaching on the roadway. If these efforts will provide any benefit to the nation to get more people re-employed, then I support these efforts. However, if these efforts merely are to line the pockets of ‘fat-cats,’ then I would stand opposed to these efforts – as it is doubtful that three inches of asphalt will make any significant long-term improvements to the roads. Though, I must admit that this is the first time in twenty years that I have noticed any administration even make an effort at improving the nation’s infrastructure; regardless of where the money is going in the end.