This week Obama told us that he has asked Congress for an "initial" $50 billion to begin a six-year-plan to restore and and upgrade our infrastructure. Necessary, he said to keep pace with China, who is far wiser than the U.S. - wise enough to "invest today for tomorrow." He said it once in August, and again on October 11th. Don't you love being compared to a Communist country?
Obama quoted in the Hawaii Reporter via Voice of America:
“Right now China is building hundreds of thousands of miles of new roads. Over the next 10 years it plans to build dozens of new airports. Over the next 20 it could build as many as 170 new mass transit systems. Everywhere else they are thinking big, they are creating jobs today, but they are also planning to win tomorrow,” said President Obama.Never mind, Mr. President, that of China's 751,000+ miles of highway, only 168,586 are paved, including highways. By contrast, the U.S. has 2,615,870 miles of paved roads, including highways, and another 1,401,791 miles of unpaved roads. If we are going to worry about China, comparing roads...humiliating for you and China. Don't compare our water systems either. Embarrassingly for you, Beijing and most of China has comparatively none.
Fifteen years ago, the roads were empty, save for the constant stream of bicycles.
Today they are jammed from morning to night with close to three million private cars.
A thousand new cars hit the city's streets every day. By 2020 China will have 140 million private cars, more even than the United States.
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Posted by Maggie @ Maggie's Notebook