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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump's plan to make America great again

Infrastructure is a primary function of government. From the transcontinental railroad to the interstate highway system -- and stops in between such as the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway -- the United States government has been been a major player in developing transportation and other public works.

I wrote that last December. Still true today. President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to push these improvements forward.



The media wanted to talk about a hit-and-run in Virginia over the weekend.

Trump's order will streamline the permitting process, moving public works projects forward.

From the White House:
With regulatory red tape to jump through, major infrastructure projects are held up for years at significant cost to our economy.
According to a 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, it takes 7 years on average for a complex highway project to go through the entire environmental review process.
According to the National Association of Environmental Professionals, a single agency can take 3.7 to 5 years on average to complete an environmental review.
One study has found that the average delay of six years for major infrastructure projects costs the U.S. economy trillions. 
President Trump is a developer. He knows you have to get permits. He knows there is a need for inspections and building codes. But he also knows time is money and the process needs to be speeded up.

Trump told the press:
This overregulated permitting process is a massive, self-inflicted wound on our country. It’s disgraceful. Denying our people much needed investments in their community. And I just want to show you this, because it was just shown to me. I think I’m going to show it to the media, both real and fake media, by the way. This is what it takes to get something approved today.
Elaine, you see that. So this is what it takes, permitting process flow chart. That’s a flowchart. So that can go out to 20 years. This shows about 10. But that can go out to about 20 years to get something approved.
This is for a highway. I have seen a highway recently in a certain state. I won’t mention its name. It is 17 years. I could have built it for $4 or $5 million without the permitting process. It costs hundreds of millions of dollars, but it took 17 years to get it approved and many, many, many, many pages of environmental impact studies.
This what we will bring it down to. This is less than two years. This is going to happen quickly. That’s what I’m signing today. This will be less than two years for a highway. So it’s going to be quick. It’s going to be a very streamlined process.
And by the way, if it doesn’t meet environmental safeguards, we are not going to approve it. Very simple. We are not going to approve it. Maybe this one will say, let’s throw the other one away. 
Would anybody like it from the media? Would anybody like that long, beautiful chart? You can have it. So my executive order also requires agencies to work together efficiently by requiring one lead agency for each major infrastructure project. It also holds agencies accountable if they fail to streamline their review process.
So each agency is accountable. We’re going to get infrastructure built quickly, inexpensively, relatively speaking. And the permitting process will go very, very quickly. No longer will we tolerate one job killing delay after another. 
No longer will we accept a broken system that benefits consultants and lobbyists at the expense of hard-working Americans.
The press ignored this, and asked him about Charlottesville.

We have some terrible airports. Comparing JFK or the Dallas international airport to Seoul is embarrassing.

Depending where you live, we need highways, sewers, water plants, and bridges. We also need a wall. Most of all, we need a government that helps get things done, instead of one that delays progress.

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15 comments:

  1. Infrastructure will be a perfect Little Red Hen illustration:

    Trump:Who will help me repeal the job crushing Obamacare? Not I said the little red democrats and RINOs.

    Trump: Who will help me reduce middle class crushing and job taxes? Not I said the little red democrats and RINOs.

    Trump: Who will help me stop illegal aliens from burdening our taxpayers, violating our laws and destroying American citizens wages? Not I said the little red democrats and RINOs.

    Trump: Who will help me spend money to repair American roads, airports, bridges and other infrastructure? I will said all the little red democrats and RINOs.

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    1. Of course, they'll want "their fair share" piece of the action.

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  2. Seeing how President Snowflake melted down Tuesday afternoon and re-affirmed his support of neo-Nazis, how can anyone pay attention to anything else he says? All the Depends in Chief has to say is, "enough about this topic. All I am going to do talk about today is advancing infrastructure in this country." But nope, the white supremacist has to further the cause of his base instead. Sad that Donnie will condemn, criticize, insult and shame all Ds, many Rs, his very own staff, foreign leaders but give David Duke and Putin infinite free passes. Bigly sad.

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    1. So much for listening to all voices. The one in your head is good enough for you.

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    2. you sound mentally ill. and diseased.

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    3. Word! Hey Don, you have a troll!! Considering the class and excellent content of your writing, I think you should throw this one back. You deserve so much better.

      Since I usually go by the name "anonymous" around here, this time I'll leave my name. GAK, this poster ruins the word for me. All it has to do is google "youtube Trump condemns Duke" and the multitude of videos are right there.

      Big League sad, indeed.
      ~CarolinaKat

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    4. Ignoring the anti white as in white privilege as the Antifa, now know as simply counter protesters, call it, is OK, right. And who for over a year has been violent, the Soros Antifa Fascists, right.
      I found it interesting that the frightening claims of the Alt-Right having long guns was dropped when no one was shot.

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    5. Ignoring the anti white as in white privilege as the Antifa, now know as simply counter protesters, call it, is OK, right. And who for over a year has been violent, the Soros Antifa Fascists, right.
      I found it interesting that the frightening claims of the Alt-Right having long guns was dropped when no one was shot.

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  3. So much for listening to all voices. The one in your head is good enough for you.

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  4. I think I know the highway project he's thinking about. The company that won the bid after all those years was handed a new handbook on environmental regulations involving new construction by the Obama administration that was 20,000 pages long. They went bankrupt trying to comply with it and the project had to be taken over by the state, which had to raise taxes in order to complete it.
    One idiot democrat civil engineer I used to see as a patient told me at the time that it was great that those regulations were in place because it would mean so many jobs. He actually said it when the aforementioned company had slowed down construction due to the fact that they had become unable to pay subcontractors in trying to comply.

    Trump isn't just fighting a deep state, he is fighting institutionalized idiocy.

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    1. I'm all for institutionalizing idiocy, doc. Can you get those greenies organic rubber walls, do y' reckon?

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  5. Remember Barry's stimulus - the one that gave us nothing but those stupid roundabouts and a lot of orange signs?

    Trump is doing the job that was supposed to do.

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    1. OMG - Is THAT where those stupid roundabouts came from?

      I should have known - they are so EUROPEAN - just so "SWEET". And real traffic blockers.

      I thought it was just local governments making things "cute". Meanwhile, the roads leading to those monstrosities continue to be full of potholes.

      And let's not forget the "Bike Lanes" which the bikers won't ride on because they have "Rights" to interfere with nasty gas-burning cars.

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    2. OMG - Is THAT where those stupid roundabouts came from?

      I should have known - they are so EUROPEAN - just so "SWEET". And real traffic blockers.

      I thought it was just local governments making things "cute". Meanwhile, the roads leading to those monstrosities continue to be full of potholes.

      And let's not forget the "Bike Lanes" which the bikers won't ride on because they have "Rights" to interfere with nasty gas-burning cars.

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  6. With the Lefties becoming increasingly violent there may be a lot of shovel ready jobs in the near future: gravedigging. - Elric

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