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Infrastructure Spending

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want To Fix Infrastructure, But Not With Money From Their Own Pockets

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

Members of Congress are scrambling to preserve a major infrastructure fund, but their urgency isn't necessarily shared by the public, according to a n...

Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More Than Construction

Ellen Brown | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Brown

Funding infrastructure through bonds doubles the price or worse. Costs can be cut in half by funding through the state's own bank.

Drones, Trains, and China: How America's Budget Is Fighting the Wrong Battle

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a measure of rise and decline, look no further than this comparison between U.S. and Chinese infrastructural build-ups, between, that is, Washington's global military-first strategy and Beijing's civilian-first one.

What's Not DOA in the Obama Budget

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's of course tempting to decry the president's budget as "dead on arrival" but I wouldn't be nearly so quick to go there. Here are a number of ways that some of the ideas that the administration trotted out Tuesday will be referenced in months and even years to come.

Obama Unveiling New Infrastructure Plan

Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation's roads and railways. Obama plans to make the p...

Zach Carter

Key Republican Rips Income Inequality, Calls For New Stimulus

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair sharply criticized Congress for failing to approve economic stimulus measures, saying elected lawmakers wh...

Jason Linkins

President Obama Really, Really Wants To Maybe Fix Some Bridges, If That's OK With Everybody [VIDEO]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

One of the fun new games we are playing in America during our morning commutes is, "Will I Make It Across This Bridge Before It Collapses?" Today, I w...

Are Our Political Leaders Losing the Narrative?

Zach Friend | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

One of the most powerful predictors of success in politics and public policy is the strength of the narrative. Yet, time and time again, political lea...

Mark Gongloff

Skagit River Bridge Collapse A Grim Reminder Of Austerity's Bite

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Don't believe austerity can kill you? Then you should feel totally safe driving over our nation's crumbling bridges. An epic government spending sq...

U.S. Infrastructure Down In World Rankings Since '08

Lucia Graves | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

The United States' global rank in infrastructure has dropped off considerably from where it was four years ago, both in absolute and relative terms, a...

Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

Sam Stein

White House Serious About Stimulus In Fiscal Cliff Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conventional wisdom on the White House's opening offer to resolve the fiscal standoff treats one particular element of that offer --...

Public Works Work

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The United States of America is the richest country in the history of the world. So why is its foundation literally crumbling away? Consider these three areas of vital infrastructure in need of serious attention.

How $60 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Spending Can Put One Million People Back to Work

Barry B. LePatner | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Barry B. LePatner

We've survived the election of 2012. Now what? I propose that it would be a great step in the right direction for our reelected president and all those elected officials returning to or starting out in office to make a serious and tangible investment in our nation by investing in the nation's infrastructure.

America Begins Nation-Building at Home

Nick Turse | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

In the final days of the presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that it was time to reap a peace dividend as America's wars wind down. Nation-building here at home should, he insisted, be put on the agenda.

How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan -- or America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask "Did we succeed in Iraq?" or "Will reconstruction pay off?" The question du jour has finally shifted to: "Why did we fail?"

Patrick Svitek

Chicago Plan Tempts Other Mayors

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

The country's largest organization of mayors last week endorsed an infrastructure investment plan that its most vocal advocate brands a defiance of th...

Patrick Svitek

Rahm Emanuel Urges Cities To Chart Own Destiny

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's message to local municipalities waiting for federal assistance? Don't count on it. "We have to take our ...

Why Spending on Infrastructure Matters

Paul A. London | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
Paul A. London

Middle class Americans hear different stories from Republicans and Democrats about why employment is not growing faster and what it will take to revive it. The solution is government spending on public works and infrastructure.

Put Hardhats to Work With New Infrastructure Spending

David Callahan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
David Callahan

With interest rates at a historic low, and a huge supply of surplus skilled labor, it's hard to imagine a better time than now for the U.S. to borrow a lot of money to strengthen its infrastructure.

Matt Sledge

Democrat Says Falling Gas Prices Demolish GOP Argument Against Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said Tuesday that the current drop in gas prices could significantly dampen one of the GOP's major economic ta...

A Simple Plan for Detroit's Resurgence

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Rep. Hansen Clarke

For too long, we have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas with little investment to retrain workers. We have seen high local taxes stifle entrepreneurship. It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.

Conservatism Blew Up the Economy

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

So what do you do when financial analysts are warning that housing prices are headed for a "triple dip," the second largest Swiss Bank (Credit Suisse)...

Matt Sledge

Tim Kaine: 'Nobody's Ever Cut Their Way To Prosperity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking at an infrastructure conference on Tuesday, Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia laid out his vision for achieving...

Obama's Jobs Council: Infrastructure Improvements Top List Of Priorities

Posted 12.11.2011 | Business

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Decrying the human toll of the nation's economic and financial crisis, a group of corporate and lab...