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Obama's Crumbling Dialogue

Updated on March 18, 2013

Fact Check What They Spoon Feed You

How Many Times Have You Heard Him Say...

Obama likes to pull out that "the nation's crumbling infrastructure" routine on a fairly consistent basis when he starts talking about "investing" which in layman's terms means "spending" money that the federal government doesn't have. I would suggest to those of you who haven't caught on yet to start actually fact checking Obama and what he says. There are many organizations that do so. With a little Googling here and Googling there it is amazing what one can find. The other part of the learning curve is to subscribe to reputable news sources on the internet who don't spoon feed you Obama spin rather than just hit on the truth.

One such source is an organization called the Reason Foundation who looked into Obama's claim that the nation's infrastructure continues to decline when in fact the opposite holds true. That isn't to say that additional work does not need to take place but there is a time and a place for everything and when you're teetering on bankruptcy it's best not to spend like a drunken sailor, especially when you never say where the money is going to come from. They can start out by telling us exactly where our federal gas tax money, currently 18 cents per gallon, goes and account for all that money.


Part of the problem this nation faces right now is that some people actually believe every word that Obama utters. That isn't a good idea. He's a politician. Obama is now proposing to spend $40 billion of "our" money, not his, on what he calls "urgent" upgrades to our nation's crumbling roads, bridges, rail lines, etc that are crimping our nation's style and holding back economic growth. Everything is "urgent" about Obama until it comes to passing an actual budget on a yearly basis. That has yet to happen on his watch. The problem is he isn't telling anyone where the 40 billion clams are coming from. That's the magic of Obama. You can Google "Obama infrastructure" and read all about that so for now lets move on.

The Reason Foundation has thrown a wet blanket over Obama's rhetoric and used facts instead of hysteria. The findings point the other way Barack. What they point to is that the nation's infrastructure has improved significantly over the past 20 years despite the federal government. Imagine that! Obama hyperventilating on his own lies once again?

There are still problems to be addressed but not of the "urgent basis" kind that Chicken Little Obama likes to talk about without actually using facts. Figures yes, but short of facts.

Hot Off the Presses

The yardsticks the foundation used were studying U.S. roads and bridges from 1989 to 2008, The organization used seven (7) criteria to reach their findings: 1) highway fatalities 2) miles of urban interstate highways in poor condition 3) miles of rural interstates in poor condition 4) congestion on urban interstates 5) deficient bridges 6) rural primary roads in poor condition and last but not least the number of rural primary roads flagged as too narrow.

Using that criteria one of the findings of the study was that "the overall condition of the state-controlled road system is getting better and you can actually make the case that it has never been in better shape. The key going forward is to target spending where it will do the most good.” The key isn't squandering $40 billion of our tax payer money on Obama's "favors for donor's programs" we have seen in the past, read: his green initiatives.

The States Have To Budget And The Feds Don't? Why Not?

The real skinny about what the Reason Foundation found is below:

  • "Eleven states made progress in all seven categories, and 37 states improved in at least five of the seven. Only one state, California, showed improvement in less than three areas, making progress in just two.
  • The U.S. fatality rate lessened from 2.16 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles in 1989 to 1.25 fatalities in 2008, a decrease of about 42 percent. The fatality rate improved in all 50 states over that 20-year period.
  • The percentage of deficient bridges fell from 37.8 percent in 1989 to 23.7 percent in 2008.
  • The percentage of urban interstates in poor condition decreased from 6.6 percent to 5.4 percent. In Missouri, urban interstate mileage in poor condition plunged from 47 percent to just 1.3 percent over the period studied.
  • The percentage of rural interstates in poor condition was reduced by two-thirds, from 6.6 percent 1989 to 1.93 percent in 2008.
  • 29 states showed reduced urban congestion between 1989 and 2008, and six states reported improvements of greater than 20 percent.
  • The nation also saw improvements in the condition of rural primary roads and in the number of primary roads considered too narrow."

There is work to be done and it would seem that the wise use of our gas tax dollars coupled with the federal government actually having a budget is the future ticket to success. Not that the study years ended in 2008. That was before Obama took office, not after.

This whole thing with the "where's the $40 billion coming from" brings to mind the failed stimulus program. Everybody got paid off with the exception of the US tax payer. They actually spend $20 million fabricating and erecting those idiot signs telling us about our stimulus borrowed money tax dollars hard at work. Save the drama for your Mama Obama.

One of the reasons I wrote this Hub was because of some "know it all" liberal coming onto my last Hub telling us how military allocations could best be used on our "crumbling infrastructure." He is obviously an Obama parrot who has consumed way too much koolaid again without fact checking. They like to leave that up to me then get critical with me when I do. Seems the youngster fails to understand that the primary role of the federal government is the defense of our nation and funding a standing armed forces. Says it right there in the US Constitution.

Let me close with a little fact for you folks who think Obama has done a good job fixing the economy. Did you know that the average middle class paycheck has declined on an average of $3,700.00 a year during Obama stewardship. Hmmm....Doesn't he claim to be the champion of the middle class? Pure rubbish and nothing more than class warfare mantra. Obama might have a future as a Drama Queen in soap operas soon.

"Like"It, "Tweet" It, "Pin " It, "Share It" With Your Followers. Time to let em read it and keep reading it.

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States

      @ Stu

      I believe he is referring to the oh so famous 150 dollar hammers and 500 dollar toilet seats that the government contractors are so famous for. This wouldn't surprise me a bit if it were true.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Hi Frog,

      The $40 billion for infrastructure is really a thinly veiled money laundering scheme. Obama gets to pay back his business cronies and union supporters wih taxpayer cash, who in turn kick back a portion of the $40 billion to Obama in further campaign contributions. What's left goes to non-essential infrastructure upgrades that are overpriced to line the pockets of these same private sector Obama supporters. Essentially, the taxpayer is being robbed to pay Obama and his supporters, and receiving overpriced, and often unnecessary, infrastructure upgrades in return.

      This scheme is very similar to the $1 billion in annual political contributions made by unions to favored members of Congress. Union members are compelled, sometimes illegally, to fund these political contributions, which "buy" laws and regulations that pump up union dues, leading to yet more political contributions, in a very unvirtuous cycle that repeats itself endlessly. And We the People pay for it all via overpriced work performed by the monopoly union shops.


    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States


      It would seem that the POTUS really hasn't met a promise or obligation he couldn't break or refuse. It's really unfortunate that his roots in Socialism and hateful black liberation theology are only now being accepted as fact through a broader segment of the country.

      He was born, raised, and weaned by his mother a confirmed Socialist and started his own political career with the help of people like Bill Aires and Bernadine Dohrne both domestic terrorists and murderers.

      In his own memoirs the president describes how he compares the US to apartheid Africa and how the same anti-colonialism battles needed to be brought to American soil.

      This is the man a majority of America voted for. Supposedly. And we can't lay all the blame at the feet of progressives and an ignorant electorate. Voter Apathy and societal breakdown have weakened us to the point where this was possible.

      In order for this to be reversed America needs to set itself back upon a solid rock. We need to return to the principles and values of personal liberty, hard work, and responsibility that made this country great.

      This is indeed a huge task and is beyond any single individual. I have personally known times where I saw myself as an island of sanity in a world gone crazy.

      However if there is one thing I have learned since joining these forums it is that there are many other individuals like me all over the country and that none of us are truly alone.

      Using these social mediums has allowed us to network and correspond like nothing else has before. Together we can bind ourselves together to form a virtual archipelago of common sense, justice, and freedom to halt the decay of our society.

      Once that is done all we have to do is fill in the gaps.

    • TheFewTheProud profile image


      5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I think that Obama has been a big fat (ears) liar from the beginning. I never believed he wanted to "change" anything. He wanted (and wants) to install his "idea" of an "America." What is interesting is that his approach is how he was raised. He was never a "true" American and still isn't. He wasn't raised as an American; he didn't work the fields of this country; he didn't learn what it's like to do a hard day's work; he never "worked his way up" to anything; he didn't earn his way through college, he had a scholarship (oh that should bring up some hateful rhetoric). He had everything handed to him. He can't "fix" anything because he doesn't have the knowledge or the tools of experience. He only knows how to screw it up. And he wants more money so it can screw it up royally.

      So I believe that he was jealous of the "real" America and wants to install his version of what he thinks it should be; some socialist, entitlement, welfare society. Guess what Mr. President, we're not buying it, so why don't you just leave now?

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      California, where the voters voted to increase their own taxes.

      Beat that one.

    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States

      @Wayne Brown

      Your assuming that California would even get that far. More than likely they would discover some as yet undiscovered species of Mosquito that survives on bullcrap during construction and shut the whole highway system down.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Just another plan offered up in urgency to skim off money to crony parties and filter it back into the Democrat coffers for an all out assault on conservatism in 2014. Even if there was plenty of money for such purposes, California would find some way to squander it on some fruit and nut project. One only has to look at the steps they are taking via the Federal Smartway Program to see that they will use every possible way to milk a buck out of the transportation system by fining the trucking industry which frequents the State. Obama's legacy continues! ~WB

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      The Frog Prince

      Obama is now proposing to spend $40 billion of "our" money, not his, on what he calls "urgent" upgrades to our nation's crumbling roads, bridges, rail lines, etc that are crimping our nation's style and holding back economic growth.


      Wasn't that covered by the Stimulus Money?


      California has over 37 million people, and the most congested freeways, especially in Southern California, In some places there are 8 to 10 lanes in one direction on the freeway, yet congestion brings the freeways to just narrow parking lots.

      The problem with roadwork is that it takes forever and during that time the congestion is even worse.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      One of your best so far, Jim. Obama - champion of the middle class? That IS funny!

    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States

      @Cassie Smith

      Nice illustration. Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor he robs from the middle class to "keep the poor" poor. I would say he robs from the rich too but all they do is pass the cost on to us like good capitalists. More like the Sherriff of Nothingham. Give him a title as fake and empty as his promises.

      Kool-Aid drinkers indeed. How's that hope and change working out for you America. To think this man was viewed as a Messiah in 2008. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

      At least with a regular false idle we could sell it for parts but if he keeps us heading down the same path I don't think there will even be enough left for that.

    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States


      Although some in the media have started to challenge the president somewhat you are right that it is definitely too little too late.

      They can't afford to contradict the stance they took towards him that allowed him to be elected otherwise it would totally eliminate whatever shred of credibility they have left.

      Needless to say he isn't "sending thrills up" Chris Matthews leg or anyone else's for that matter anymore. The honeymoon is most definitely over.

    • Cassie Smith profile image

      Cassie Smith 

      5 years ago from U.S.

      I love it FP, state the facts, they're so persuasive to everyone but the kool-aid drinkers. Redistributing the money to Obama fat cats to buy their influence makes him to be the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John all rolled up in one not the Robin Hood that he makes himself out to be.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      5 years ago

      Either Obama gets the title of Drama Queen or the New Pinocchio. In any event, he says whatever he wants because when he is challenged, it is barely a whisper. The media supports his lies and the public just accepts them. Those that question them are called spoilers and racists. This hub is voted up, interesting and useful and I will share it .

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I just one parameter for judging infrastructure: What's it like underneath the wheels of my vehicles? And I can say with assurance that at least in our neck of the woods, neither the state nor federal highways have any potholes at all.

    • adh071185 profile image


      5 years ago from Southern United States

      Facts?...what are those?...As it turns out they are tricky things indeed aren't they Mr. President?

      Don't forget that throwing tax payer dollars at public works create temporary jobs that he can then take credit for on camera. It's free advertisement for his administration paid for by the tax payers.

      Throwing money around is the only recourse for this administration. It's not as if they have the option to perform a 180 and start acting responsibly. If they did their constituents would eat them alive.

      Now that he has been elected for a 2nd term you can expect an even harder lean to the left by the president. He literally has nothing to lose. By any measure whoever you wish to blame be it republican or democrat his is a failed presidency.

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - You hit on the reason Obama wants the $40 Billion.

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      5 years ago

      This whole thing about infrastructure coming from the fed's is rubbish. Not only do they have no Constitutional authority to make laws or spend in this area of law, they waste a fortune paying campaign donors with inflated no-bid contacts to do the work, and often award these contracts to forced union shops, which raises the cost even more. This is clearly an area where states and municipalities have the legal authority, and it should be left there. State legislatures will always be more careful with money than DC, for the simple reason that they can't print it or borrow it with abandon.

    • sallieannluvslife profile image


      5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      I don't even listen to his lies anymore...can't stand the sight of him, can't stand the sound of him, can't stand what he is doing to our great country...can't wait til he is gone....wish I never heard of him...he should have stayed in Indonesia where he came from

    • poetvix profile image


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Driving through Houston regularly affords me the opportunity to see up close the "infra-structure" of one of the nation's biggest cities. Traffic sucks. It's not due to crumbling infra-structure for the roads are in very good shape. The problems I see on the roads are mainly three fold. First, more and more people are stranded on the side of the road because they can no longer afford gas under this administration. Secondly, and this won't be popular, but honestly, out of the last several wrecks my husband and I were in, FOUR times it involved a illegal. All four times it was determined by authorities to be their fault. All four times WE had to pay for everything because you can't get illegals into court. One even laughed and said "I'll just go home for a few months." Thirdly, car jacking, abductions and violent crimes are on the rise, big time. There are places in Houston I won't even drive through anymore; it's getting so bad. A female nursing student recently had the wind shield shot out of her car as she tooled down the highway coming home from class. According to authorities, chances of catching who did it are "slim". All of these social maladies can be traced directly to Libtard policies. If the administration really wants to address the problems with our "infra-structure", I suggest they stop throwing money at education and actually allow teachers to go back to teaching students to think for themselves rather than inundating them with false information designed to glorify the Potus.

    • Mr Archer profile image

      Mr Archer 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      Great hub, and I love the facts. But then, when has Obamababy every been troubled by the facts. The truth, his truth, shall set those who believe in him free, and the rest of us to pick up the tab. Well, from one middle aged white man from what used to be middle America, I'm fed up. Shout it from the rooftops, the time has arrived for something and somebody else in government, because what has been and who has been sure ain't workin'!

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      GS you gave me a new word - IDIOTICA. Thanks old friend. Obama owes you a sign outside your place of residence. LMAO.

      The Frog

    • TheGroundsquirrel profile image


      5 years ago

      I know of this universe the O-man speaks of. When he talks, I sense the ego of one who thinks he is rescuing the populace from some dysto-post-apocalyptic near annihilation brought on by right wing hedonism. O-man does not live in the light of day enjoyed by even the simplest of hominids in our fair society. Rather, his experience has been filtered by the artificial environment of the florescent plane of existence. Compartmentalized is the fate of all idiotica, don't let it be you.


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