Infrastructure

In Canada we have a minister of infrastructure. And a couple of days ago I heard somebody on my television saying something significant about infrastructure, and some weeks ago they said something about pot hole repairs. And where I have to drive to get to groceries I’m afraid of the road that’s full of big car wide dents that must be destroying springs and suspension in the passing lane that merges into a single lane with a great big depression as you make a sharp turn where it looks like somebody’s been doing construction for at least a year. And on the way back in the slow lane that merges twice with the passing lane numerous unavoidable pot holes along the curb threaten steering and springs.

 

They’re still saying “Infrastructure”

In Canada we have a minister of infrastructure. And a couple of days ago I heard somebody on my television saying something significant about infrastructure, and some weeks ago they said something about pot hole repairs. And where I have to drive to get to groceries I’m afraid of the road that’s full of big car wide dents that must be destroying springs and suspension in the passing lane that merges into a single lane with a great big depression as you make a sharp turn where it looks like somebody’s been doing construction for at least a year. And on the way back in the slow lane that merges twice with the passing lane numerous unavoidable pot holes along the curb threaten steering and springs. April 24, 2018

 

If anyone is really concerned about politics (not just political parties) they should illuminate the meaning of this word, “Infrastructure”, and why politicians from Obama to Trump keep talking about it.

Shouldn’t most of Obama’s “Infrastructure” improvements have been done in the 9 years since I first became aware of “Infrastructure” as a media topic.

Infrastructure has been the way North American economies will be rejuvenated now that we’re borrowing more and manufacturing less. Seeing it as a sub-heading of the draft Democrat platform is almost as nauseating as riding a merry-go round. Infrastructure -Democrat Obama said infrastructure was to be central to his 2008 revitalization program, infrastructure the politician’s secret spigot to turn on and reinvigorate economic activity – infrastructure.

…Infrastructure
If we are serious about reversing the decline of the middle class, we need a major federal jobs program that puts millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs in both the public and private sectors. We will make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system. We will put Americans to work updating and expanding our roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight rail lines. We will build 21st century energy and water systems, modernize our schools, and continue to support the expansion of high-speed broadband networks. We will protect communities from the impact of climate change by investing in green and resilient infrastructure. These investments will create secure, good-paying middle-class jobs today and will substantially increase demand for American-made steel and other products manufactured in the United States. And by boosting economic growth in a fair and equitable way, and strengthening our long-term competitiveness, these investments will create many more jobs in the years to come…

Infrastructure

 

Infrastructure has been the way North American economies will be rejuvenated now that we’re borrowing more and manufacturing less. Seeing it as a sub-heading of the draft Democrat platform is almost as nauseating as riding a merry-go round. Infrastructure -Democrat Obama said infrastructure was to be central to his 2008 revitalization program, infrastructure the politician’s secret spigot  to turn on and reinvigorate economic activity – infrastructure.

…Infrastructure
If we are serious about reversing the decline of the middle class, we need a major federal jobs program that puts millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs in both the public and private sectors. We will make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system. We will put Americans to work updating and expanding our roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight rail lines. We will build 21st century energy and water systems, modernize our schools, and continue to support the expansion of high-speed broadband networks. We will protect communities from the impact of climate change by investing in green and resilient infrastructure. These investments will create secure, good-paying middle-class jobs today and will substantially increase demand for American-made steel and other products manufactured in the United States. And by boosting economic growth in a fair and equitable way, and strengthening our long-term competitiveness, these investments will create many more jobs in the years to come…

Infrastructure Anyone

I wrote what follows just about when President Obama was celebrating the most expensive inauguration in American history. I had been hearing him talking about reviving the U.S. economy by spending money on infrastructure which today keeps being offered in Canada as a way of improving Canada’s economy. But as usual no one but Donald Trump says anything about how Asian manufacturing of the goods imported into the West is diminishing the West’s capital. Today David Dodge now working for an investment company grudgingly accepts his BNN interviewer’s mention of infrastructure as a way of improving Canada’s GDP. But Mr. Dodge also talks about culture and of bringing creative people into Canada, and that old chestnut from the 70’s improving productivity, but never mentions our selling off steel and manufacturing companies like Massey Ferguson, and retailers like The Bay, Eatons and Simpsons. And no one: financial expert, journalist, politician or David Dodge has said anything about the sale of Canada’s Crown Corporation when its stock got cheap to that Colorado man from Sun Oil, Rick George.

Tuesday, 6 January, 2009
Infrastructure, Credit, Internet

Infrastructure now includes broadband and computer/internet systems.

Credit crunch means difficulty obtaining investment for broadband computer Internet companies.

Current economic troubles are the result of the third major oil shock as rising energy prices act as a tax on spending/consumption leading to tight credit. When the campaign for infrastructure renewal is over, crumbling bridges, school buildings and pot holes will remain while technology will maintain its shiny transparency.

Since talk of a credit crunch started in September only two commentators mentioned the possibility that the recent climb in oil prices have had an influence on our declining economies, and one of these was shouted down with talk of the shortage of credit alone as the cause of our economic woes and not increasing energy costs.