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Who Needs Infrastructure Repair When You Can Afford A Nice Car?

Who Needs Infrastructure Repair When You Can Afford A Nice Car?


No one argues that we have serious problems maintaining our nationís highway infrastructure.† One of the key features of President Obamaís new American Jobs Act is to call for billions of dollars of investments in infrastructure repair.† For the affluent, however, Audi has a much more direct solution.

Yes, the commercial seems to say, when youíre rich you donít need to care about the state of the road like all of those other drivers.† Like having your very own gated community on wheels, the new Audi A6 will keep you safe from the realities of what budget cutting is doing to this country.

This divide between the rich and the rest of us is becoming increasing common as we continue down the path of gutting the government while expanding tax breaks for the rich, a path wholeheartedly endorsed by GOP presidential candidate former Governor Mitt Romney and echoed in spirit by the rest of the GOP field.

But, hey, if you can afford an “executive protection dogĒ why should you worry about fixing the underlying problems with society?

Now the failing bridges, on the other hand, could still be a problem. Maybe Audi should work on producing boats, next.


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2:36PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Great idea! Why not take it to it's logical conclusion ?

Pay NO taxes ... ..

and have NO infrastructure.

At least then you wouldn't have to listen to all the bludgers complaining about taxes ... well ... maybe.....

9:52AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Oh, my goodness, this is a subtle and awful reinforcement of the Republican everyone-for-himself-by-means-of-his-money ethic.

12:24AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:39PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

The name for this rip-off is "privatization," a fancy word for what we used to call "stealing." The technical word is "externalities," meaning I externalize my costs so you pay them and I can internalize my fat profits. That happened in the much-touted SR91 toll lanes in San Diego County. Profit was guaranteed by a "non-competition" clause, meaning SD is forbidden to add any transit or infrastructure that could compete with the toll lanes. This is what I suppose is called "free-market competition," meaning if I have enough clout (spelled $$$$$), I'm FREE to corner the MARKET by preventing COMPETITION. SR91 kills transit.
Like "carpool lanes," toll lanes are self-defeating: You want MORE drivers to use those lanes, motivated because they're faster, but when a lot more drivers switch, the higher speed vanishes. In California you cannot convert a mixed-flow lane to a carpool lane; you must add a lane. Santa Clara County built 115 miles of carpool lanes. the Result: carpooling's market share dropped 37 percent.

5:59AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Mike C. I have seen the same statistic thrown around by the right about 10% paying 70% and 47% paying nothing. The operative word here is "income". This tax is levied on earnings over a certain amount after deductions. Many wage earners don't come close to that amount.That doesn't mean we are not paying anything in taxes at all, there are still payroll taxes taken out of our wages. I make 8.50 an hour. I took a quick look at my last paystub and between state and federal taxes, about 20% of my wage gets with held.
Then there's corporate tax . Tax loophole abound in the corporate world. I read an article in the paper recently that said something like 25 of the most profitable corporations paid zero in taxes last year.
You guys on the right keep trying to frame this as though the 'great unwashed' were looking to a mere 10% of the population to carry the whole load . This is totally untrue. The tax code has been manipulated for the last 30 years to attract and keep capitol and other forms of wealth (stocks, bonds,real property:53% of which is held by just 5% of the population) to the far right of the economic continuum while middle class earnings have stagnated or declined.This has created an econ. imbalance that has been shown historically to create general stagnation, stifle innovation and short circuit free market forces.It would be both fair and wise to address the imbalance.
Yours is a willfull narrowing of the debate to avoid the underlying problem.

11:44PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

If an Audi falls off a bridge its still toast!

10:04PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Buy a massive great 4x4...don't need roads at all...though I'm not too sure how you'll get you gas delivered.

8:54PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Nice car!!! Wish that I could afford one. However, I am not envious of those that can.
As for the "failing bridges". The Stimulous Bill was suppose to take care of those things.

8:18PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

I'm from Minnesota where the I-35N Freeway bridge ACTUALLY FELL INTO THE MISSISSIPPI River during rush hour. Many people were killed and many more could have been,Yet neither TIM PAWLENTY nor current REP. CHIP CRAVAACK (R) have seen fit to support any kind of program to check and rebuild our bridges.I am SO PLEASED to see President OBAMA out there in Boehner's and MCconell's neighborhood showing us the traffic and backup and interviewing the people about THEIR DANGEROUS BRIDGE. That's what it's going to take to get things moving again! The ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH BULLYS IS TO CALL THEM OUT!!

7:20PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Recall all Republicans!

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