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LWW
09-22-2011, 07:40 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>He's headed out to one today which he's described as a "bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America."</span> It is on a busy trucking route, spanning the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>It's the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn't really need repairs. It's got decades of good life left in its steel spans.</span> It's just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.

Today, the bridge sort of handles more than 150,000 vehicles a day with frequent jam-ups.

So, plans are not to repair or replace the Brent Spence Bridge. But to build another bridge nearby to ease the loads.

But here's the problem, as John Merline graphically notes here, that could screw up all those envisioned photo op shots of the Democrat and the traffic:

The president's jobs bill is designed for "immediate" highway spending.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>And the new $2.3 billion Cincy bridge is not scheduled to even start construction for probably four years, long after Republicans have scheduled the Obama presidency for completion.

And without delays, it wouldn't be finished until 2022, when no one will be counting Obama's rounds of golf.</span>

Politicians hate these kinds of messy distractions when they pick a place to make a symbolic statement. <span style='font-size: 11pt'>But Brent Spence was so tempting linking, as it does, the home states of GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.</span></div></div>

And the local branches of the O-cult are having Obasms over what is nothing more than a lie wrapped in a photo op.

TOO FUNNY (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/)