Transportation Bill Should Be Rejected

In many states, including West Virginia and Ohio, the transportation infrastructure has been neglected for many years. President Barack Obama is counting on Americans’ knowledge of that to pressure Congress to approve what amounts to a new “stimulus” bill.

The $50 billion measure would be used to fund transportation projects throughout the country. But Obama and liberals in Congress have an agenda – and it does not necessarily include what most Americans want. In addition to highway and bridge repairs, Obama wants the money for new rail lines, airport improvements and new highways.

Clearly, he wants to spend the money in ways calculated to win him votes in 2012.

Congress should reject the bill. If $50 billion is available, it should be handed out to states with no strings attached – to make needed improvements, not just to advance the popularity of Obama and liberal lawmakers.