A Washington state Democrat is accusing Republicans of “throwing American infrastructure … under the bus” after a bridge collapse there this week. The portion of Interstate 5 in Washington that runs over the Skagit River collapsed on Thursday after a truck hit an overhead support structure, but Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) cited the incident in an interview as proof Republicans were blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically. “Well, they have clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear the president down, but they have done it by throwing the American infrastructure and
Anyone want to venture which party is in control of the governmental department that would issue an over-sized load permit to a sixteen foot high truck that is to travel over at least one bridge that has a fifteen clearance in some lanes? Bingo!!
Republicans are doing that, eh? Lets go to the "Mecca" of Democrat control, the model for progressive government, Detroit! Let us examine the infrastructure there? Let us go to chicago- another bastion of Democrat functionality. How´s all that "Deomcrat" stuff working for ya there? How ´bout New Orleans, East St. louis, Louiville---all centeres of Democrat operation. And- let us not forget the Democrats have been in charge of our national infrastructure now for ten years!~
The Rebublicans may well be throwing our infrastructure under the bus but us taxpayers have paid a dear price to fix your beloved bridge. It was call the Porkulus Bill (Stimulus Bill). It was suppose to fix every road, bridge and overpass in the nation. Rebublicans didn´t stop it but we taxpayers borrowed money from a bunch of Chinamen and now we are paying them back with interest to fund our infrastructure. So stop blaming Rebublicans cause you got your money and we are the saps you took it from.
No, 0bama and the democrats are wasting billions on their green energy projects; they all go broke, but the friends of 0bama all walk away with millions. The taxpayers are on the hook for billions. Let us spend this money on roads and bridges.
...Seattle has become nothing more the "Mini Frisco of the Northwest". The population of King County gives it an unfair influence on the rest of the state and we are paying for it in the caliber of the people we send to DC...
...McDermott and both female senators are prime examples...
Rush said this yesterday: "Let´s go back. November 22nd, 2008. This is after the election. This is his weekly YouTube address. He wasn´t president yet, but he was president-elect. And he´s talking about his stimulus plan. This is leading up to the stimulus, which he would put in place a few months later.
OBAMA: There will be a two-year nationwide effort to jump-start job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy. We´ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges. THAT is what the stimulus $$$ was supposed to do, but Obama gave that $$ to the unions..
I believe it was on Varney and Co the other day on Fox Business where I hear that Wash state got 80 or 100 million in stimulus money and spent it on high speed rail or something green. And who runs the Wash state gov´t -- McDermott´s party, the dens. The dems have no ethics or integrity -- it is dems who have stood up and blamed the other party for this bridge crash and the tornado in Ok. Yup, it is well beyond a lack of class
Typical Defecrat MO - Tell everybody you need money for infrastructure upgrades, then loot the treasury for hundreds of billions, then throw it to the four winds to cronies and pet pork, then blame it on Republicans. Nobody but their gullible, White guilt-ridden, Birkenstock-wearing, bottled-water-drinking, Politically Correct, Xanax-disabled, Valium-dependent, mindless - spineless liberal lemmings and the dumbed-down, barely aware, dope-smoking, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, Food-Stamp wielding, Escalade driving, Kool-Aid drinking, entitlement rich, busted-azz, free-loading, Obamaphone-toting Lo-Fozz believe this crap, but that´s yer deferat base and it´s all they care about!
This little genius Jim McDermott is about as smart as yesterday´s rice pudding. He continues to get reelected by amazingly high percentages of votes - presumably they share his level of intellectual paucity and they also happen to be Seattlites. I´m glad that the rest of the country understands how big a mess Seattle and King County democrats have made out of WA state politics - the stimulus was wasted on green projects - in my town the EPA pays $25,000 rent per month for it´s office, and a bridge was damaged. That bridge is a vital link in interstate and international commerce. But that´s capitalism at work and it isn´t green, so who cares about roads and bridges when the environment gets first call on our treasure. Oh yes indeed, now they are paying lip service by castigating the opposition.
Where did ALL that ´stimulus´ money go that was for ´roads and bridges´....Oh!....it went to Unions and Dem friends to cover their ´jobs´ and union postions...NOW, it is the Republicans fault?....NO, I don´t think so.
Stimulus money? Demorat code for paying for the vote to the unions. Shovel ready? Infrastructure? Already been paid for remember? Ya´ll just keep throwing these squirrels out...to chase and those of us out here in the real world will keep pounding our representatives for answers...to Benghazi, the mess at IRS, Fast and Furious, James Rosen/Fox News and the suppression of the legitimate press, Secubus and her illegal activity in blackmailing the insurance industry to pay for ObamaCareTax....
Fine. You want to push ´infrastructure? Fine. This bridge is in Washington state. Let the citizens of that fair land dig into their OWN pockets and pay for the repairs. No reason the once free people of Alabama, Ohio, or Tennessee should be on the hook for it. Clean up your own yard.
In the metropolitan NYC area, there is something called the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. They run the subways, buses, commuter rail lines, and many bridges and tunnels.
A car crossing a bridge pays a toll ranging from around $4 on the cheapest bridge (up to $7.50 for the most expensive) for a car, to a stunning $116 for a big rig on the most expensive bridge.
More of this money goes for the mass transit system than all the riders pay. Some of the bridges/tunnels are in bad shape. Where is all this money going?--a lot of it goes to subsidize mass transit, which is no bargain either.
The bridge was inspected last year and passed. It was a truck that took it down. Axelrod and McDermott are trying to cash in on a non-existent situation. Nothing can be done about Axelrod shooting off his mouth, but hopefully the people who got stuck with McDermott because of redistricting will let him know not of us are his usual low-info supporters. He´s so progressive, he´d be at home in Cuba or China. Reply #20 hit the nail on the head -- a perfect description!
Let´s see. Demonrats tossed hard working taxpayers under the bus when they claimed the stimulus would be spent on infrastructure. Instead, the taxpayer got $1000 road signs and the rest of it went to crony demonrats as a means to get rich under the guise of green energy, then they all went belly up.
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