Some contradictory (shocker!) excerpts from the Prom of the Union last night . . .
First up, China and Russian and infrastructure spending:
Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”
And then how unnamed countries abuse of their populations for said miraculous infrastructure spending:
Of course, some countries don’t have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they get a railroad — no matter how many homes are bulldozed. If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.
Does the president think we’re idiots? He’s talking about China and Russia here, the same two countries he pimped as examples for the United States. Any tinpot dictator can build a railroad if he suppresses the press and just picks a route without any consideration for property rights or the environment.