It’s always the same answer, isn’t it?

…and another $1 trillion in an emergency federal work and infrastructure program to repair and build roads, bridges, airports, wastewater treatment plants, and mass transit systems. That money can also go toward redoing the electric grid and providing rural broadband.

The American liberal has yet to realise that the American liberal regulation of the economy through permits, investigations and studies of and for proposed infrastructure means that there is no possible emergency infrastructure plan.

10 thoughts on “It’s always the same answer, isn’t it?”

  1. Rural broadband is one of them things like “poverty” that will never go away as a lefty talking point despite reality.

    Bring everyone in Hicksville, ND up to 100 Mbs and the cry will be that they “need” Gigabit speeds like the folks in Manhattan get.

    In the US, a federal grand plan is probably the last thing they need. Local authorities, the states, and private companies have thousands of smaller plans to raise speeds all over the place.

    Elon Musk thinks he can launch 40,000+ satellites and give everyone on the planet cheap broadband. (We’ll see – a British competitor funded by SoftBank just went bust)

    Of course, Mr Shapiro doesn’t actually give a fuck about hillbillies having better internet, the point of these Five Year Plans is the Five Year Plan. Any outcomes that don’t involve seizing resources or bossing people around are unimportant.

  2. I thought the septics got all new infrastructure with the $1 trillion bailout they had from Obama. Has it all worn out already?

  3. Construction continues near me as the work involves taking a small bridge down over a creek and they have said the permits they had to get to work in the stream are very restrictive, there’s only a couple of months in the year they are allowed to work when it involves a creek and if they stop they will have to delay up to a year until the next window is available. It’s the environmental stuff that is screwing up infrastructure.
    Also see that lefties were screaming about Trump relaxing pollution standards because he said environmental agencies wouldn’t be carrying out test/spot checks during the shutdown, which makes sense not exactly essential work right now

  4. Even obama, comfortable in the faculty lounge, found that there are no such things as “shovel ready” projects. The rules, regulations and roadblocks erected by the liberals over the past 50 years to control the populace have hamstrung any significant infrastructure improvements.

  5. Barks,

    It’s not only that. It’s also that a lot of construction is done with machines and the labour is mostly in all the stuff other than the construction (surveying, design, environmental studies, archeological studies).

    Laying the actual asphalt is done at a rate of about 8m/minute, with machines and a small crew. You can do miles every day. Building more roads won’t create that many low-grade jobs.

  6. @Steve March 28, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Bullsh1t meter of the scale: SoftBank in more trouble – blames CV-19
    OneWeb close to bankruptcy as SoftBank funding round collapses

    British satellite maker OneWeb is expected to collapse after funding from backers SoftBank fell through, putting 500 jobs at risk.
    The satellite start-up backed by Sir Richard Branson was at one stage valued at $3.25bn (£2.6bn) and had raised billions of pounds from investors. Sources said the company could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US late on Friday.
    The start-up had been in talks with SoftBank to raise as much as $2bn in new funding before the coronavirus panic hit financial markets and sent shares tumbling. OneWeb had planned to launch a constellation of more than 600 satellites to provide broadband data across the world.
    The project, originally backed by Branson’s Virgin Group, Airbus and later Japan’s SoftBank, saw billions of dollars sunk into launches and satellite manufacturing.
    But just as OneWeb launched 30 new satellites from Kazakhstan, talks with SoftBank fell through. The Financial Times and Space Intel Report first reported the bankruptcy plans.
    The company is expected to keep a skeleton crew to keep its satellites in orbit and maintain its spectrum as it hunts for a rescue bid.
    The aborted deal comes as SoftBank faces crisis on multiple fronts. WeWork, the co-working company it bailed out in September last year, posted another multi billion pound loss. Its stake in Uber, meanwhile, has collapsed amid the coronavirus rout of public markets. OneWeb declined to comment.
    The investment in OneWeb also cost SoftBank heavily. The Telegraph first reported last August that SoftBank had written down the value of its stake in OneWeb by around £380m as it continued to sink money into the business.
    Since then, SoftBank has been reeling from a series of blows after it was forced to pull the plug on its planned float of co-working firm WeWork and faced an attack by activist investors.
    OneWeb, which is headquartered in White City with a factory in Florida, was founded in 2012. In total, it had raised more than $3bn. OneWeb and SoftBank declined to comment.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    SoftBank’s strategy appears to be to throw so much money at a startup company in a given sector so that nobody else can compete to create both a market and a monopoly company.

    Its latest fund backers must be getting the jitters because it isn’t working that well. A classic case of a guy who got lucky once getting super star status and losing his lustre.

  8. ‘Laying the actual asphalt is done at a rate of about 8m/minute, with machines and a small crew.’

    An interociter can lay an eight lane highway at a mile a minute. Never mind ventilators, we should be manufacturing interociters!

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