‘Human infrastructure,’ like ‘shovel-ready jobs,’ is D.C. myth

Remember when Obama got his trillion-odd dollars of
“stimulus money,” which he and the Democrats breathlessly said we needed for
“shovel-ready” jobs to rebuild roads and infrastructure? Please email me if
anything of the sort got built in your town. Nothing got built in the cities
where I spend time.

Roads and water systems are bad in Atlanta. I recently drove
though Buckhead with its bone-jarring potholes. Folks must have SUVs there to
survive the roads and incoming gunfire. After the recent rains, some potholes
are so big that you can bass fish in them.

When the “Infrastructure Bill” (or, as lobbyists for
graft-grabbing special interests called it, “The Show”) was proposed, it was
made to sound urgent. Politicians say it would bring “rigor” to the economy. If
it is like the Obama “stimulus bill,” it will be more like mortis.

So where did all that sweet Obama stimulus money go? Of the
money spent in swing state Wisconsin, we know that 80 percent went to public
sector unions — those with already locked-in jobs. In fact, right-to-work
states got $266 less per person in stimulus money than heavily unionized states
received. Where Democrats had a vast majority of representatives, their states
got $460 more per person.

The “stimulus package” was a huge political slush fund with
little accountability. This will also be the case with this frantic “human infrastructure
bill,” unless the only two sane Democrats, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe
Manchin, stand up to their insane party over this inflationary $3.5 trillion
farce of a bill. Kyrsten Sinema, whom I like, is the first openly bisexual
member of Congress. On this close vote she could go either way.

When Obama, Pelosi and Reid doled out all the stimulus money
to their pet political friends without stimulating the economy (Obama is the
only two-term president to never have a year of 3 percent growth in GDP), they
begged Congress for more money. Only in Washington does something not work and
they get more money for it. Dems blamed others. It’s like burning down the
hotel you got to stay in for free, and then disputing your mini-bar charge.

Rich Democrat donors also got payback. The farcical “green
energy” company Solyndra defaulted on more than half a billion dollars of our
money, while Obama mega-donor George Kaiser finagled his interest ahead of
ours. Other beneficiaries of Obama’s largesse for dubious deals include Larry
Page and Sergey Brin (if you Google them, you will find they founded Google),
NRG Solar owners Warren Buffett and Steve Cohen, and SIGA Tech owner Ronald
Perelman. All told, more than 75 percent of stimulus grants and money for such
“businesses” found their way to big Obama supporters.

Even creepy crony capitalist of the century Al Gore got his
snout in the trough. His investment in Fisker Automotive scored a $528 million
loan guarantee. Can you imagine the risks you could take if you were given $528
million for which you were not personally on the hook? Of course, all these
businesses are tanking or have tanked already.

Al Gore said the stimulus plan worked. He also thinks his
Weight Watchers plan is working.

Joe Biden is the “Weekend at Bernie’s” president, just
strapped in for the leftist ride. His poll numbers have tanked with the botched
pullout from Afghanistan, porous southern borders, inflation, deficit spending,
out-to-lunch ideas like pushing critical race theory and sending in the DOJ to
quell free speech at local school board meetings, and COVID. Chants at college
football games tell you the nation’s view of Biden. “Jumping Joe” Biden is the
type of leader you get when you order your president through the mail.

In the Senate’s disingenuous tone, they call this “human
infrastructure” bill “savings.” On the bright side, there might be some
savings. We won’t have to invade Afghanistan again for a while.

For all their self-aggrandizing rhetoric about “helping the
needy” with stimulus money, the reality is that Democrats simply helped
themselves. This was only a surprise if you were not paying attention. The next
time Democrats give a speech about “shovel-ready jobs,” get your shovel ready.
It will get deep.

In a rare feat of journalism, “The Atlantic” did a piece
saying the spending and chaos in U.S. politics today can be compared to the 300
AD fall of the Roman Empire. I say you cannot compare ancient Rome to America
today… Rome had great aqueducts and roads.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning
author, and TV/radio commentator; you can reach him at Ron@RonaldHart.com or Twitter @RonaldHart

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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