Border Wall First Big Government-Funded Infrastructure Project Liberals Don’t Like

The Daily Signal | 1/9/2019 | Staff
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Michelle Malkin is a columnist for The Daily Signal, senior editor at Conservative Review, a best-selling author, and Fox News contributor.

Profligate politicians have never met a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project they didn’t like–except when it comes to President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Think about it.

Boston’s Big Dig black hole, the nation’s most expensive highway project, burned through $25 billion and was plagued by deadly engineering incompetence, endless cost overruns, leaks, lawsuits, and debt.

California - Rail - Boondoggle - Bullet - Train

California’s high-speed rail boondoggle is a $100 billion bullet train to nowhere. Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown promised a 2020 completion date for the miracle transportation system. The latest estimates predict it won’t open until at least 2033, and the costs keep rising.

Seattle’s ill-fated Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement topped out at $4 billion in local, state, and federal funds for a two-mile bored road tunnel that will finally open next month–nearly four years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.

Big - Dig - Bullet - Train - Boondoggle

What the Big Dig, bullet train boondoggle, and Seattle squander all have in common is that political elites, lobbyists, and corporate heavy-hitters trampled over grassroots citizen opposition to get their way. Too many government construction projects are built because these publicly subsidized gravy trains reward campaign donors, powerful public employee unions, and assorted control freaks in the urban planning and transportation sectors.

Another glaring example? Across the country, voters have repeatedly rejected billion-dollar sports stadium and arena subsidies over the past 30 years–only to be sabotaged by bipartisan alliances overruling the will of the people. I used to run a watchdog website called “Porkwatch” filled with so many field-of-schemes case studies that I couldn’t keep track of them anymore.

Highways - Bridges - Museums - Edifices - Beltway

Then there are all the tax-funded highways, bridges, museums, and other edifices glorifying Beltway swamp creatures.

The infamous Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia steered billions of federal dollars back to his...
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