Feds order unspent road funds be used

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  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    DN Subscriber; How did we get in this mess? Lets review. At the end of the Clinton's term we were running a surplus, we were on track to paying of the national debt by this year. Then Bush started two wars and cut taxes, this was fiscal insanity. In every other war we have been in taxes were raised to pay for them. The tax cuts were supposed to be temporary, and they were supposed to stimulate the economy. Two thirds of the increase in the national debt were caused by the tax cuts, the unfunded wars, and the bank bailout. (Bush did this not Obama) Tax cuts do not stimulate the economy JOBS do that. Jobs like the ones this money will pay for. The Republicans are the ones that got us into this mess, letting them have free reign will only make the problem worse. Ryan calls for more tax cuts for the wealthy, says that will stimulate the economy. It wont it didn't for Bush and it won't for Romney. All it will do is drive us further into debt.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    The federal government is drowning in debt, borrowed to the hilt from China, and has condemned future generations to punishing levels of taxation to pay for their wanton spending.

    So, instead of possibly just cancelling the unspent funds, they demand they be spent. After all, another half billion dollars is mere chump change in their scheme of things.

    In most states (and perhaps even in Utah), road construction is done mostly by unionized labor, and Obama has always been quick to keep money flowing to his union cronies.

    If we must spend it, I am sure that UDOT will use it wisely. UDOT really is a very well run agency and Utah roads are far better than those in most states.

    But, we are broke, and must stop any non-essential spending. Don't think so? Then warn your kids that they are doomed to be the first generation of Americans to live less well than their parents, and that they will be paying for all the freebies that they will never enjoy.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 7:12 a.m.


    You take the money, you spend it on its intended purpose.

    Here's an idea: use it to improve the frontage roads along US-89 in Davis County.