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Old 02-15-2009, 07:10 AM
Location: Marietta, GA
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Originally Posted by jetgraphics View Post
Expanding Atlanta's highway system is the epitome of insanity, as was the bail out for "Big Auto."

The age of cheap and plentiful oil started to end in 1970s. We're importing 70% of our consumption. America has long past the point when she was "Queen of Oil".

What manner of lunatics think that robbing taxpayers will somehow fix this problem?

I would rather not be pessimistic, but I fear that robbing St. Peter, to pay St. Paul, and taking a cut in the process, is not an effective way to "stimulate" anything, except more theft-by-government.

On the other hand, if there was intelligent life in the government, and legislations, in particular, we might see advocacy for an expansion of alternative transportation systems not dependent upon fossil fuels. (Remember, asphalt pavement is dependent upon petroleum, too.)

In short, the future is electric rail, in all forms - urban, interurban, subway, heavy rail, funicular, and cable.

Before petroleum's rise, there were boats and railroads.
After petroleum's demise, there will be boats and electric railroads.
Yes, and it would be nice if we had peace on earth and no need for war or a military, but you also have to deal with the world as it is and not how you'd want it to be.

Right now we have very few (if any) alternatives to autos in Atlanta, since MARTA doesn't go where most people live or want to go, and any new transit proposals have been stuck in local political limbo with extremely high costs to build and operate. The lack of creativity has been amazing and the lack of political will even more amazing.

We should be working on long term solutions that can be funded effectively without saddling the remaining people who pay taxes with huge increases, but until then....you have to deal in the here and now. Of course, this "stimulus" was an opportunity lost. President Obama could have seized this opportunity to provide money for real transit and other infrastructure, as originally promised, rather than a token amount among the huge, pork laden social spending.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:03 AM
Location: West Augusta, GA
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State in line for $5.9 billion

How the funds could be doled out, according to the preliminary review by Federal Funds Information for States:

- $1.7 billion for Georgia's Medicaid program
- $1.2 billion in education dollars
- $1 billion to build and repair roads and bridges
- $333 million for special education programs
- $90 million for public housing
- $82 million for child care programs
- $33 million for homelessness prevention
- $20 million for the Head Start program

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