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Funding repairs

September 23, 2013

I have a message for Sen. Bob Casey and the rest of Congress regarding federal funding for the crumbling U.S....

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Calico

Sep-24-13 10:24 PM

That should read "He COULDN'T care less"

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Calico

Sep-24-13 10:23 PM

You can message Casey all you want, but it is like talking to a rock. He could care less about what his constituents want. He wouldn't even be re-elected if it wasn't for the liberals of SE Pa who demand taxpayer dollars for their very existance.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-23-13 5:25 PM

Thanks, Ritty.

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Capricorn1

Sep-23-13 1:30 PM

Thanks Ritty

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Ritty77

Sep-23-13 1:15 PM

Not all of the stimulus became part of the new baseline, but much did. That's why the Senate didn't submit a budget for four years, so that spending would just be rolled over without debate.

See: "The Eternal Stimulus 'Temporary' spending becomes permanent" from the WSJ, for one article on the matter.

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Capricorn1

Sep-23-13 1:05 PM

"However, it was rolled into the baseline of every budget since.

So, the total is 4 times as much."

Erik, I'm curious where you found this information. I've never heard of it before and actually, I wasn't aware that government has even passed a budget in the last 4 years.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-23-13 12:17 PM

Mr. Reeder:

You are correct about the amount of the original stimulus.

However, it was rolled into the baseline of every budget since.

So, the total is 4 times as much.

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Garben78

Sep-23-13 12:13 PM

Most of the money was spent on road signs stating "this work funded by the economic stimulus dollars " they spent a fortune on the signs that are now probably nailed to a woodshed. Typical left wing waste

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Capricorn1

Sep-23-13 11:18 AM

Chuck, you are close in your figure. But, according to Wikipedia, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was estimated to be $787 billion at the time of passage, and later revised to $831 billion. Of that, 105 billion was earmarked for infrastructure and 48 billion for transportation.

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CMReeder

Sep-23-13 8:51 AM

$4 trillion!

The Obama stimulus spent $792 billion according to a Congressional reported in a report from Business Insider. They even broke it down as to how it was spent but as usual the right talks from their ass.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-23-13 8:31 AM

Enigma is right.

In his first year, President Obama spend nearly $1 trillion for "shovel ready" infrastructure work and has little to show for it. The money went to keep unionized teachers and gov't workers employed.

That stimulus became part of the annual budget. It was not a one-time infusion.

So, we have spend over $4 trillion in what was called stimulus and our roads and bridges are still crumbling.

The federal gov't is incompetent with our hard-earned dollars.

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enigma

Sep-23-13 7:40 AM

I'm all for not sending money to countries who hate us, but what's with the complaints about infrastructure? Obama fixed all that with the stimulus in his first year. For those bad at math, the stimulus had enough money for 80,000 $10 million dollar projects. Wouldn't you think the infrastructure should be good by now?

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idiottwo

Sep-23-13 7:34 AM

they might also stop wasting money and treat fraud more seriously. Why does the gov spend millions to advertise its various positions too? To me, step one - stop spending money we don't have. The hole is getting too large to manage.

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