Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Obama: Highway hype, big time

President Obama declared this week that stimulus-funded transportation projects were coming in ahead of schedule and under budget.

What?! How would he know? Most of the projects aren't done; they aren't even started. Obama's press event was simply an opportunity to lay it on thick for an unquestioning press corp.

What will happen if massive cost overruns start occurring in two years? Who will pay those bills?

The stimulus package is funding some needed transportation projects and some silly, wasteful ones like expansion of North-South I-94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line. In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation seems intent on sending regional stimulus money to Washington County and uber-rich River Hills, where it is needed far less than it is needed in Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

Come on, Mr. President. Pay attention to what is happening, and quit trying to sell as real what hasn't happened yet and perhaps never will.

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