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Well, I finally got fed up enough to hand write letters to Schakowsky and Duckworth with the basic message of "DO SOMETHING oh my gods" so we'll see what form letter they think that's associated with 🙄

uspol 

Seriously, does anyone understand why the hell the Dems aren't doing big infrastructure projects while they can? Interstate rail, for instance, is a huge benefit to communities and a great porkbarrel for the states it runs through. A few Dem state reps and senators could absolutely get together to sponsor a rail network bill, and even rope in a few Republicans who want it to hit their states!

And wtf is with the $1400 thing?

re: uspol 

@tindall the only thing i can even think to say about it is that they were never really on our side or for those things to begin with

re: uspol 

@KitRedgrave yeah. i just don't get why they don't do this kind of thing when it's already politically popular and is quite easy to turn into kickbacks and porkbarrel spending for many election cycles to come

uspol 

@DangerDyke right but like. why do the individual politicians do this when it's not in their political interest to do so, is what I'm asking. Or is someone making it in their interest and if so how.

uspol 

@tindall oil and car industry lobbyists. same reason we have car culture in the first place, at least for the infrastructure point

uspol 

@tindall points at Texas

literally everything that's failing there right now is stuff i consider basic infrastructure and that's something i would want a state to be in control of, not 78 competing companies

re: uspol 

@tindall any infrastructure project is going to need approval in state and you’ll end up exactly how obama’s hsr bill went: killed by all the republican states in the middle.

at least it looks like we’re finally up to 80% of expected miles with positive train control...
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