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Upgraded because of all the bridges that collapsed and had to be rebuilt
 

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Really? I sure haven't noticed it in California. I was thinking they were just letting it fall apart and then sell it to the Chinese to pay off the debt.
 

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I'm sure the ARRA had something to do with it. That was the government spending package (aka "stimulus") that was heavily focused on "shovel ready" construction projects.

I saw numerous projects over the last two years with signs that said "ARRA Funding".
 
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This is the part where our roads, health, and education failures really hurt. Sure the businesses might love the tax structure, but they also have to consider attracting good workers who will be on time, educated, and healthy. Just getting the tax structure that favors them is 1/4 of the equation. I guess it becomes a chicken or the egg scenario though. But what good is a factory or business when there are no quality workers available or willing to work there.
 

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This is the part where our roads, health, and education failures really hurt. Sure the businesses might love the tax structure, but they also have to consider attracting good workers who will be on time, educated, and healthy. Just getting the tax structure that favors them is 1/4 of the equation. I guess it becomes a chicken or the egg scenario though. But what good is a factory or business when there are no quality workers available or willing to work there.
Exactly.

It's why DOD (on more than one occasion) has said that childhood education and nutrition in the US have gotten so bad that it now poses a national security risk. Of course, you don't hear the "national security" bloc of Congress pushing anything to change it.

Does everyone realize that Congress is having to significantly change immigration laws for skilled workers because we just aren't producing enough ourselves? I hate that education and infrastructure are considered "liberal" ideas. It's the backbone of a nation.
 

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Exactly.

It's why DOD (on more than one occasion) has said that childhood education and nutrition in the US have gotten so bad that it now poses a national security risk. Of course, you don't hear the "national security" bloc of Congress pushing anything to change it.

Does everyone realize that Congress is having to significantly change immigration laws for skilled workers because we just aren't producing enough ourselves? I hate that education and infrastructure are considered "liberal" ideas. It's the backbone of a nation.
No it's not. Godless heathens love learnin'! :mad:
 

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According to Republicans we need to be building more drones, and not roads......

Anyone who thinks I am taking a potshot go read Paul Ryan's budget, and come back to me.

That reminds me we probably need a budget thread. Lots of them have come out recently. The president should be releasing one in a few days.
 

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Since Ryan's is so far to the right, maybe Obama's will be far to the left, and they can meet in the middle.

Wishful thinking, I know!
 

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Exactly.

It's why DOD (on more than one occasion) has said that childhood education and nutrition in the US have gotten so bad that it now poses a national security risk. Of course, you don't hear the "national security" bloc of Congress pushing anything to change it.

Does everyone realize that Congress is having to significantly change immigration laws for skilled workers because we just aren't producing enough ourselves? I hate that education and infrastructure are considered "liberal" ideas. It's the backbone of a nation.
Education and infrastructure are primarily state and country projects, not Federal programs. The Feds have gotten their hands into local issues by giving federal funds to supplement these STATE run programs. With the exception of the Interstate system, these programs are better run and managed at the State level and the Feds need to back out of it.

Washington state has the highest gas per gallon tax in the country, and the reason so one in Washington state revolts against is because the money is actually used not only on road repair but all so road capacity expansion. Washington state has been constantly upgrading its roads for the last 20 years I've lived here with no stimulus funds from the federal government. So it can be done just fine without federal involvement. and per the 10th amendment, the Feds really have no business getting involved.

I would change one thing about education, and its funding disparity. instead of counties taking federal money, the money should instead be collected at the state level and distributed evenly across all school districts in the state, instead of each school district being responsible for its down property tax funding.
 

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Education and infrastructure are primarily state and country projects, not Federal programs. The Feds have gotten their hands into local issues by giving federal funds to supplement these STATE run programs. With the exception of the Interstate system, these programs are better run and managed at the State level and the Feds need to back out of it.

Washington state has the highest gas per gallon tax in the country, and the reason so one in Washington state revolts against is because the money is actually used not only on road repair but all so road capacity expansion. Washington state has been constantly upgrading its roads for the last 20 years I've lived here with no stimulus funds from the federal government. So it can be done just fine without federal involvement. and per the 10th amendment, the Feds really have no business getting involved.

I would change one thing about education, and its funding disparity. instead of counties taking federal money, the money should instead be collected at the state level and distributed evenly across all school districts in the state, instead of each school district being responsible for its down property tax funding.
As long as those kids continue to grow up and vote in national elections, education will continue to be a Federal concern.
 

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As long as those kids continue to grow up and vote in national elections, education will continue to be a Federal concern.
Exactly. Education is on the mind of many (most) legislators today and has been for a long time. It's very important to them. After all, it's really quite difficult to get an educated person to vote for a candidate based on 30 second sound bytes and good looks.
 

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Washington state has been constantly upgrading its roads for the last 20 years I've lived here with no stimulus funds from the federal government. So it can be done just fine without federal involvement. and per the 10th amendment, the Feds really have no business getting involved.
According to the official data, Washington state received $1.5 billion for transportation improvements under the stimulus (ARRA).

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