We -- that is, people of my age -- often thought, with Dwight D. Eisenhower, of social insurance programs like Social Security or Medicare as "settled law." In fact, they were always under assault, and are today subject to neo-liberal infestations that seek to destroy them because markets. I know I certainly thought of the UK's NHS as "settled law" too. But no!
— 999 Call for the NHS (@999CallforNHS) July 13, 2014
From the Sunday Train
There was a gleam of hope this week for state officials faced with the prospects of having to start delaying projects and lay off people working on maintenance and new construction funded from the Federal Highway Fund: Bloomberg:
Lawmakers’ fight over how to fund roads and transit probably will end with legislation from the Republican-led House sent to President Barack Obama, leadership aides in both parties said.
House and Senate leaders have been collaborating on a strategy for preventing the Highway Trust Fund from running dry at the height of the summer road-construction season. While bills approved July 10 by committees in both chambers are similar, the Democratic-led Senate’s version contains tax proposals seen as obstacles in the House.
But this is akin to lending someone with a broken leg crutches and hoping that it will heal on its own. For some fractures, that might work, but most would require a splint at least, and for serious fractures, you need to set the leg and put it in a cast of some sort.
In the case at hand, the long term broken funding model that lays behind the Highway Funding crisis is something that requires something better than a temporary loan of crutches. Read below the fold...