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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:47 PM
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US: Shutdown of Transportation Programs Possible

WASHINGTON (AP) Bills necessary to avoid shutdowns of federal transportation and aviation programs are high on Congress' to-do list when it returns to work next week.

President Barack Obama says as many as 1 million jobs are at risk without action.

Both the White House and House Republicans signaled Wednesday that they want to avoid such a scenario, but that doesn't mean it will be easy.

Federal highway programs, and the fuel taxes that pay for them, will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress passes short-term extension legislation. It would be the eighth such stopgap effort in the past two years. Funds for hundreds of construction projects across the country would be held up without passage. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/10343405/us-shutdown...



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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:49 PM
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1. If the Repigs don't want to levy the taxes necessary to keep the highway system usable,
LET THE ROADS CRUMBLE.

And let everyone know who is responsible.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:12 PM
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10. They already ARE crumbling.
The I40 crosstown bridge in OKC between I44 and downtown is falling down. They're building a new one, but it is already behind schedule because of funding.
Duckie
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 11:56 AM
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13. When giant corporations can't send their big rigs full of cheap Chinese plastic crap
across the country, THEN they will come to their senses. When enough wealthy folks lose their auto undercarriages to monstrous potholes, and enough people die, THEN they will come to their senses.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 02:16 PM
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14. They will build turnpikes and charge for the privilege to drive on their roads.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:59 PM
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2. I'm sure our 13% approval rating congress will handle it admirably like
everything else the touch. Not to worry!
:mad:
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:02 PM
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3. Literally, grinding to a halt. Because that's the game the Republican party wants to play.
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 08:04 PM by TwilightGardener
Edit to add: but the people voted for this to happen. Enjoying your paralyzed government, dickwads?
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ProfessionalLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:04 PM
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4. Another chance for congresss to extort the country
to get their way. Watch...
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:07 PM
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6. Another hostage being held by the rethugs.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:06 PM
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5. MORE hostage taking...
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:13 PM
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7. count on republicons to hold the nation hostage on this and every issue to come up
hostage taking is the new republican mode.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:43 PM
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8. Road construction used to be such a good slush fund.
I guess pacs are the thing now.
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:08 PM
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9. Getting GOP approval would be easy
if only they could be convinced that the legislation would lower wages, kill jobs, and hurt the poor. I think that would actually get them sexually excited about it.



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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:49 PM
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11. Except for the repubs who rub their hands
at the thought of a shut-down. How many more people will be out of work? For the repubs, the more the merrier.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:51 PM
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12. Highway and road work should be limited to maintenance of the existing roads
No additional lane miles of roads or roads into new areas should be built.

Gas will be unaffordable before any new roads pay for themselves.

Freight should be moved from truck to more fuel efficient railroads.

This is needed both because of depletion of crude oil production and because of greenhouse gas emissions.
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 02:27 PM
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15. I mostly agree with that, but there's LOTS of maintenance on existing lanes
that needs to be done.

In fact that's enough reason not to build any new lanes.
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