Last week, our nation’s genius Vice President Joe Biden offered a statement which alienated some of his most loyal fans. “If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said ‘where do you think you are,’ they’d say, ‘this must be America, it’s a modern airport,’” Biden said during a speech on infrastructure in Philadelphia.
Mr. Biden had a point, though not for the reason he thinks. The Vice President believes that the Government is not spending enough money on infrastructure projects like airports, bridges and highways. If that is the case, why not hold Old Jumpin’ Joe accountable for the taxpayer dollars which have already been put in his care?
After all, it was he who Obama put in charge of the $872 billion stimulus package that the Democratic-controlled Congress passed in 2009. A stimulus which was supposed to reinvigorate our economy while repairing and creating many of the infrastructure problems plaguing the country.
But under Joe’s direction or negligence or both, the vast majority of these funds were spent as political playoffs to Democratic donors and Government grants and programs that had not been receiving or were receiving very few Federal Dollars. Solyndra, which was given 590 million and was bankrupt within one year is just one of the more prominent examples of these wasted funds. The American people have not been given an accurate audit of where exactly these funds were used.
People on both sides of the aisle ought to agree that LaGuardia needs an overhaul. America needs interstates. The electrical grid hasn’t been upgraded in decades. Major bridges are perilously close to catastrophic failures. Sewage plants in most major cities are a few breakdowns away from total collapse.
But the reason the Federal Government as well as State Governments can't maintain this critical infrastructure is because they continue to spend tax dollars in places our Founders never intended government to ever be involved. Such massive government programs such as the New Deal, Great Society and now Obamacare are sucking money out of the Federal Treasury and ultimately out of the pockets of taxpayers. Taxes continue to rise and yet debt continues to increase as our Governments continues to pay for programs that cannot be managed properly or sustained.