Recovery and Reinvestment

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I must be a Democrat. Surely I must be. If I dream of one day reading a book while lounging back in my seat as I travel from one United States city to the next in a high speed train, then I must be a Democrat. Or would I simply be a human hoping for the sanity of when I don’t hop in my car, which costs me hundreds of dollars to maintain and insure every year, weave my way into a four-lane highway of traffic and nervously shark my way into an hour-long search for a parking spot? Please help me to understand were I fit in the political spectrum of ideas. I need to pick a side. November is just next month.
I’m being told of certain hopeful politicians blowing rhetorical smoke of “subsidizing” rail infrastructure, and how we can’t afford such a scheme, in hopes of striking a nerve in fear of “big government” and higher taxes. Don’t we, the tax payer, pay for the roads that grow wider with every American Recovery and Reinvestment dollar spent? Don’t we pay for the ring roads that circulate traffic around cities causing suburb ring, after suburb ring, after suburb ring…?
Ohio is being offered 8 billion dollars to connect the three C’s, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, cities rotting from the core due to suburb growth. The politicians are divided down party lines as to whether or not the state should accept federal dollars for such an endeavor.
The third largest recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment dollars in Ohio is American Electric Power (AEP), the single largest land owner in the state. They will receive over 300 million dollars to install pollution controls in their smokestacks (scrubbers). This is the equivalent of me getting a government grant to put a new exhaust pipe on my 1980 diesel Volkswagen. Ahh… ha! I’ll look into it.

One comment:

  1. Pops:

    Jim Funny that you bring this story up At this time.
    I was talking to a fellow the other day, that was here fixing some engines on a ship.
    He was 29 yrs old and from Denmark, very interesting fellow. He was telling me that in Denmark he pays 50% income tax. With that he got A college education of choice, health care, housing and lots of public transportation.
    Now when you add up all the taxes that we pay Fed. State, local you name it, we pay it. What do we get for these taxes that we pay? A War Machine?
    As this fellow was saying he was in Texas on a job and was out having a few after work.
    he asked the locals how they got home from the bar? we drive said the Texans Just don’t hit anything!! How do you get around in Denmark? We take the train!!!. Now I don’t know much about their system but it sure sounds pretty good to me. Maybe Lau could shed a little on this subject. So I guess that the question was what am I Dem.,Rep,or Socialist?
    I really don’t Know!
    For sure our system is not working….

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