No Amount of Spending Can Stop the ‘Crumbling Roads and Bridges’ Rhetoric

Allow me to mark the White House’s “Infrastructure Week” by declaring that there is no amount of money that is enough to stop politicians from insisting the country suffers from “crumbling roads and bridges.” Back in 2009, President Obama touted that the stimulus represented “the largest new investment in our nation’s infrastructure since Eisenhower” which amounted to $105 billion. (You may recall Obama’s sheepish admission about the slow pace of the projects, “Shovel-ready was not as… uh… shovel-ready as we expected.”) The federal government spent more than $150 billion per year on infrastructure for most of the Obama era: Federal infrastructure spending
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Author: Jim Geraghty