Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Happy Days Are Here Again!
Speaking at a Town Hall event in Ft. Meyers, Florida today, President Obama said,
"The days where we're just building sprawl forever — those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats — everybody recognizes that that’s not a smart way to design communities."
Here's a transcript from Citykin:
We have to target billions of dollars at infrastructure spending. And states all across the country are going through what Florida is going through. There was a study done by the American Association of Engineers… that might not be the exact title, but engineers from all across the country …. we get a D in infrastructure all across the country. We saw what happened in Minneapolis, where a bridge collapsed and resulted in tragedy. And not only do we need to rebuild our roads, bridges, ports, levees… our damns. But we also have to plan for the future. This the same example of turning crisis into opportunity. This should be a wake-up call for us.
You go to Shanghai, China right now… and they’ve got high-speed rail that puts our railroads to shame. They’ve got ports that are state of the art. Their airports, are… compared to the airports that we…you go through Beijing airport and you compare that to Miami Airport?
Now… now…look.. this is America. We've always had the best infrastructure. We were always willing to invest in the future. You know somebody… Governor Christ mentioned Abraham Lincoln. In the middle of the Civil War, in the midst of all this danger and peril, what did he do? He helped move the Intercontinental Railroad. He helped to start land grant colleges. He understood that even when you are in the middle of crisis, you got to keep your eye on the future. So transportation, when it is not just fixing our old transportation systems, but it’s also imagining new transportation systems. That’s why I’d like to see high speed rail where it can be constructed. I would like for us to… to invest in mass transit, because potentially that’s energy efficient. And I think a lot more people are open now to thinking regionally in terms of how we plan our transportation infrastructure. The days where we’re just building sprawl forever… those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats… everybody recognizes that that’s not a smart way to design communities. So we should be using this money to help spur this kind of innovative thinking when it comes to transportation. That’ll make a big difference.
I've been critical, and still am critical, of the amount of money going to highway construction, which props up sprawl and a carbon-dependent way of life. But the Stimulus Bill has gotten better, and perhaps we're not giving Obama enough credit.
Hillary underestimated him and then got tough, but Obama won without much fuss or muss.
McCain underestimated him, then attacked, but Obama never took the bait and won going away.
With the stimulus bill, he's been smooth, and the bill get's better and will pass. He tells us the most important thing is to act quickly, so he's looking pretty good.
He's also looking good regarding Rush. Don't underestimate my man Obama.
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I'd say the issue with the stimulus bill is Congress. There aren't enough members of Congress who get it like Obama does.
Posted by: Dave Reid at Feb 11, 2009 9:30:58 AM