Lack of Shovel Ready Projects

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
October 29, 2010 12:29am CST
President Obama said that a second round of Spending is necessary because ther were not shovel ready projects. As I had to travel this year I have seen more highway construction and it seems as though each project has a big sign saying this project was made possible by the Economic Recovery Act. What struck me was one section of interstate highway was being repaved and this highway was shut down two years ago to be repaved. I guess it was done because the money was there and the plans could still be found. In one community they had three highway projects going at once and it almost shut the town down because the major roads were blocked at the same time. This looked like a three year project done in one year. It seems to me that what the government has done is to create extra jobs for now at the cost of not having projects in the future. Just like cash for clunkers was seen to boost car sales for a few weeks but, in the end all that happened was you sold several months cars in a few weeks and then did not sell any for a few months. Any person who understood how business cycles worked would have known that to stimulate the economy you need to do things that are long term not a few weeks of spending and hope everything gets better.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
29 Oct 10
here our governor in his infinite wisdom, used stimulus money to actually close a road (frontage road) and make it a like trail. No warning, just poof no more road. Gee, can you guess what ia happening to the businesses on that road?
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
29 Oct 10
This is very true bob. We went through the road construction phase the last time around down here in Florida where just about every road that was sitting there minding it's own business was repaved or widened. It was good for a while but then it ended. In the meantime, the EPA killed a plan for a clean coal plant in our county which would have given long term jobs to lots of folks. I don't know what happened to the inland port which was going to bring cargo from the coast into south central Florida...and lots of jobs with it.