Obama’s Bridges Have Finally Stopped Falling Down

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Ever since he came to power, Obama has been claiming that all the bridges are about to fall down. The stimulus plan was supposed to fix the bridges, but the bridges are still about to fall down.

During the election, Obama kept claiming that all the bridges are falling down. Last year he kept claiming that all the bridges are so old that “they are ready for Medicare.” That was bad news for the senior citizen bridges, because ObamaCare cuts Medicare.

In the last State of the Union address, there were more falling bridges. 70,000 of them. Then the number grew to 100,000 bridges.

In 2012, Obama wanted to invest 50 billion dollars into crumbling bridges. In 2013, he wanted to invest 40 billion dollars into crumbling bridges. No one knows how many billions he wants to invest this year into the crumbling bridges that never seem to get fixed.

“Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America’s infrastructure.  So much of America needs to be rebuilt.  We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges; a power grid that wastes too much energy; an incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world,” he said at the State of the Union address in 2012.

In 2013, at the SOTU, Obama said, “Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and Internet, high-tech schools and self-healing power grids.”

At the 2011 SOTU, Obama vowed, “We’ll put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges.”

In the 2010 SOTU, Obama somehow forgot about the bridges, but did promise the usual progressive trail mix of high speed trains, Green Energy and pie in the sky.

At the 2009 SOTU, the Broken Record in Chief promised, “Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90 percent of these jobs will be in the private sector, jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges, constructing wind turbines and solar panels, laying broadband and expanding mass transit.”

And then he kept making the same promise year after year. And those bridges still hang overhead like the sword of Damocles, all 70,000 of them or 100,000 of them.

This year, Plouffe promised more infrastructure rhetoric in the State of the Union. But the actual address mentioned roads, but not bridges. Maybe the bridges have all been fixed or maybe it’s all Chris Christie’s fault.

  • Texas Patriot

    Who makes the money on all these road projects? My hunch is that it’s just another way to reward large political contributions.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Sure. That’s the point of pork

    • veeper

      union jobs…..

      to the sameo sameo contractors…..

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Fixing bridges, selling bridges, more or less the same thing.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    They’re not falling down, anymore? It’s a miracle …

  • truebearing

    Well, let’s see. The bridge to equal justice under the law is destroyed. The bridge to racial harmony is obliterated. The bridge to prosperity is being demo’d as we write. The bridge to hope is crumbling like a soda cracker in a rock crusher. The bridge to governmental integrity has gone up in a mushroom cloud. The bridge to old, trusted alliances is undermined and unsafe to cross (especially for our allies). The bridge to free speech has been sagging precariously. The bridge to constitutional governance is one flood from washing away…

    Yep. It looks like Obama has succeeded at distracting people with his false concern about infrastructure while he has nearly destroyed the foundations of our democratic republic.

  • wileyvet

    Oh yes Dear Leader. Why not create an American Magnitogorsk and a ” death train” too. Demand it and your comrades will see to it. I’ve seen the future and it works.

  • carpe diem 36

    “Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with
    deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and
    Internet, high-tech schools and self-healing power grids.” i think most DEO’s will answer “Hong Kong”, this is where we should re locate to. they have newer bridges and more of them.