‘Shovel Ready’ Projects

Kurt Brouwer June 22nd, 2009

Great photo from Business Insider:

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Source: Business Insider

This is the first photo from a nice post on Business Insider that demonstrates what we are really getting for our stimulus dollars [emphasis added]:

You hear a lot about the government’s desire to build a brand new “green” infrastructure in the United States.

But really, the meat of the stimulus is all about rebuilding the old, car-based infrastructure. All those high-speed rail lines and smart power grids will have to come later.

ProPublica has put together the top 10 stimulus projects from around the currenty, and what you’ll see is there are a lot of highway interchanges, overpasses, on-ramps, and exit ramps. Basically, a lot of stuff that makes life easier for car drivers.

Also, states are racing against time to get and spend their money, as they’ll start getting penalized at the end of the month for money they don’t spend.

Without further ado, we present you the country’s top hastily drawn together road projects…

The term ‘shovel ready’ cracks me up.  That’s why I liked the tick tack toe photo above.  Now, that’s a creative use of a shovel.  Many of the projects that are getting stimulus funding would not have gotten funding from state or local governments in my opinion.  They are nice to have, but not absolutely necessary.  So, to that extent, they may stimulate the economy by getting a few people working again, but they will almost certainly have little or no long-term impact.

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