Senate to vote on Klobuchar’s jobs bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Noting that China spends 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure while the U.S. spends only 2 percent of its GDP on the same thing, Klobuchar said increased investment in infrastructure projects is critical to keeping the country competitive.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/03/2011 - 10:18 am.

    This only proves that Amy doesn’t spend a lot of time here. If she had been trying to navigate the ubiquitous construction sites, including the light rail monster, new bridge and freeway re-construction, that serve as one massive obstacle course to people trying to get around town, she wouldn’t be making such uninformed comments about how we need more construction projects.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Klein on 11/03/2011 - 11:41 am.

    Yeah, gosh, if only modernizing our infrastructure was no inconvenience at all. I guess we shouldn’t do anything.

  3. Submitted by Brian Nelson on 11/03/2011 - 11:43 am.

    Dennis your point only proves that you can’t see beyond the personal aggravations of your daily commute. Roads and bridges and other commuter systems need to be built, maintained, and sometimes rebuilt.

  4. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 11/03/2011 - 11:53 am.

    @#1
    Yeah, we just GOT a new bridge. Nevermind that if we had been spending some time and money on keeping up the infrastructure it probably wouldn’t have fallen down and KILLED people. I’m sure you’ll agree that a few lives is a reasonable price for keeping cost of infrastructure down, right?

  5. Submitted by Rebecca Hoover on 11/03/2011 - 12:11 pm.

    Amy Klobuchar’s sudden interest in jobs certainly seems a bit contrived. After all, the election is just around the corner so, of course, Amy will be supporting for the time being all types of programs popular with various groups. She will pretend to support jobs bills for the unemployed and underemployed, student loan relief for debt overwhelmed college grands, and foreclosure prevent programs for homeowners. Then, after the election, she will forget all about these things just as she did the last time.

  6. Submitted by Addie Moe on 11/03/2011 - 12:15 pm.

    and of course, Minnesota is the only state in the Union? You’re driving in ALL 50 states, Dennis? The forest for the trees…

  7. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/03/2011 - 12:41 pm.

    My point, gentlemen, is that her sense of urgency seems more political than practical since there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of such projects already underway.

  8. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 11/03/2011 - 12:59 pm.

    @#5
    Of course it’s somewhat contrived. All politicians that wish to get reelected must deal with a few contrivances. However, Amy’s position in Congress is as secure as they really get. Maybe she actually does have a real interest in it.

  9. Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/03/2011 - 01:59 pm.

    @7: She is, after all, a politician first and foremost.

    Bear in mind that, here in MN, road construction is its own season.

  10. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 11/03/2011 - 02:42 pm.

    @#7
    As pointed out earlier, your view is pretty myopic. While you might be noticing road construction, that is only part of this country’s infrastructure. The last time any major improvements were done to the infrastructure was the WPA and PWA projects completed in 1943. Bridges, roads, dams, municipal buildings and other facilities, etc. built during that time have seen little, if any, maintenance, let alone improvement. At the very least, those bridges, roads, and dams should be repaired or replaced. That’s a pretty massive undertaking, and not equivalent to the piddling projects you see here and there that manage to bung up your perfect drive to work (or wherever).

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