With all the Democrats screaming that when an engineer takes a train around a 50MPH curve at 106MPH and people are killed that it’s Republicans’ fault for only spending billions and billions on AMTRAK instead of billions and billions and billions and billions, it’s important to consider a little lesson about politicians and infrastructure spending.
A week ago, voters in Michigan rejected a massive tax increase earmarked for road improvements, despite the politicians’ (of both parties) insistence that the tax increase was the only way to fund desperately needed infrastructure improvements.
After the referendum failed, all of a sudden, the legislature found a way to fund a billion dollars in road improvements by reallocating money from other programs.
Of course, states have to find money if they want to spend it, they don’t have access to printing presses and a limitless debt card. They’re not like the Federal Government that can spend damn near $900 Billion on stimulus, with nothing to show for it except some bankrupt green energy companies and some professors who got grants to teach Africans to wash their pee-pees, and then can insist that the need even MOAR MONEEZ to fix the infrastructure they promised to fix with the first 900 XL.