Capricorn1:Not sure how you get your information on all these subject you reply with but, and I'm not 100% sure of this figure that I heard on CNBC and also CNN (it's television information) but, the top 1% got most of the increased income (profits) this year to date. I'm guessing a lot was made from the Stock Market that you state is being "manipulated". Now if that is true then put two and two together! Sorry if I keep comparing you to the Tea Party but,how and what you say is almost the same as what the Tea Party represents, hatred towards the President Of The United States of America.
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How can they boast about unemployment dropping and the economy improving yet we still have so many people relying on government? How can they boast about the stock market when they are manipulating the market and printing money and flooding the market? I've rad articles stating that the next crash is going to make the last one look like a cake walk. Where does it end? How much debt is too much debt? I care because I have grandkids and I hate to see the shape of this country a few decades from now. Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mercury, once again I am an Independent and I'm disgusted with both sides of the aisle. If you feel I come down on Obama, it's because he is the one currently occupying the White House. I was just as critical towards Bush and a lot of his policies. I feel the government has gotten out of control and the extreme partisanship on both sides results in nothing getting accomplished and out of control spending. Almost half this country is on some type of government assistance and the numbers continue to rise. Almost half the country also pays no federal income tax and how is this country going to become financially stable and reduce it's debt if so many don't contribute but only take from government?
CAPRICORN1: "Semper Fi" I to serviced in the U.S.M.C. in "68-"70 and serviced 13 months in Nam as a radio operator (RTO)and if anybody that would be pi**ed off at the government, it would be me! But, I can't blame all of Washington with this worthless war where over 58,000 died and I'm still trying to figure out ,WHY? It was run by a couple of "outlaws" in Washington and Westmoreland was one of the worst generals this country has every seen! It just seems to me you and your far right representatives blame President Obama on EVERYTHING that goes wrong in Washington. President Obama is just a person like me and you but, you hold him accountable for everything from buying toliet paper to what ever. I'm sick and tired of people on the far right putting OUR president down and that isn't going to change till your party gets rid of these lame**s tea party clowns out of government.
Mercury, you're sadly mistaken if you feel I don't love this country. I proudly served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years and worked with Marines as a civilian for an additional 8. During that time I saw up close and personal the amount of waste in government, and not just the DOD. The problem lies with all the bureaucracy in government and their antiquated policies and procedures that make everything ten times more expensive (look at my example below). There is also A LOT of duplication in government that creates waste. I think if more people had the opportunity to work within government, they would clearly see the amount of waste that is within. I think a country that is 17 trillion dollars in debt and climbing, needs to begin thinking about massive reforms to reduce the size of government and the amount of waste.
Capricorn! You and "BIG GOVERNMENT" don't seem to get along. I don't want to go of the subject of this poll but, is it you're thinking we don't need "Big Government"? Should we close down Washington and go it alone? Example, hurricane levels a large city you live in, who needs Hud or Fema or how about unemployment is running out in your state, we don't need to ask the "Big Government" to help out? What is your definition of "Big Government"? We are called the "UNITED" States and it seems you don't want that word "UNITED" with the word "States". "God Bless the U.S.A."! I'm a democrat and I live in the "red" zone, when will I learn? I love my country and I'm just tried of people putting it down, period!
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The Conoy Trail Project in Lancaster:
Federal transportation projects must be pursued through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The Lancaster County waste authority obtained estimates of what the project would cost if it did not go through the PennDOT process, and compared them with the PennDOT costs. Since the non-PennDOT estimates were much lower, the waste authority decided to go that route instead.
It was those comparison figures that Mohr presented at the meeting. The savings would come in engineering design ($10,000 compared to $175,000); construction ($400,000 compared to $800,000); inspection ($5,000 compared to $75,000); and land appraisal ($0 compared to $10,000, since it is already done).
"That's a big waste of taxpayer money right there," supervisor chairwoman Gina Mariani stated at the meeting. Also, if local officials had pursued the project through PennDOT, the trail bridge likely wouldn't be completed in 2014. -Elizabeth Town News
CarlHiller: The only reason why,as you put it "bits and pieces" is most of what your comments are about is, it's only your opinion, and you know the old saying,"opinions are like a**holes" everyone has one! Real facts my man,real facts is what I want to hear. It appears you get most of your information from your own opinion and the internet, which we all know is always right! Again, let me know where you get this information about PennDot "screwing" the taxpayers and don't tell me to go to some lame**s website. I need REAL evidence!FYI: Remember to slow down through constuction zones,Penndot workers are real people.
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Carl, good luck trying to reason with Mercury. He is an avid big government supporter and refuses to believe that there can be departments within government that are grossly mismanaged. The roads and bridges are in their current state because the billions of tax dollars collected in the past were not managed responsibly to ensure these roads were maintained. So now it's to the point where they have to collect even more money to address problems that should have been maintained all along. An extensive audit of the turnpike commission uncovered millions in waste, but it's unthinkable to some that PennDOT may have the same problem even though PA has been famous for decades for having some of the nations worse roads.
CarlHiller:Robbin,The point I was making is all I hear is PennDot is "screwing" the taxpayers. According to you the money is being used for other projects which I wouldn't think PennDot would give money out of their budget for other than reconstuction of our roads and bridges being how bad they are today. I didn't know PennDot builds playgrounds,swimming pools or what ever you're talking other than roads and bridges! Let me know who to get in contact with so I can verify your information,not a webpage but,a real dept. and a real person. I must have been living in a cave (Batman) because I don't get the information you come up with in your comments. I think most people who read these comments would like to know also for peace of mind.
"you comment about streetscaping etc. has nothing to do with PennDot as far as fixing our roads and bridges." You are exactly correct! So riddle me this Batman, why do we use tax dollars specifically collected for roads and bridges on these other projects? These projects do absolutely nothing to increase the safety of any road or bridge.
Yo Merc, Learn to read the whole, not just pick little bits and pieces to complain about. In my statement I posted " WHEN YOU TAKE THE TIME to compare the states and the numbers can only come to the conclusion that their is an untold amount of wasted tax dollars in the PADOT." Read that again and again till you can finally comprehend that I want you to take the time to research and come to a conclusion that you can support with actual figures. I compared the numerous state that have not only similar, but dissimilar weather patterns and road mileages, taking into account what they spend and what we spend. When you do this you can only come to 1 conclusion, unless you forgot how to use your gray matter, that tax dollars specifically for road and bridge maintenance and construction are grossly mismanaged.
The bottom line: Funds are available, they're not being utilized efficiently or properly.
Carlhiller: For what you mentioned in you comment about streetscaping etc. has nothing to do with PennDot as far as fixing our roads and bridges. Also in your second comment as far as Pennsylvania's ranking of the most money spent on our roads, we have a climate problem here in Pa., it's called snow,ice and cold weather which plays a big part of why our roads need more attention. I'm sure in Fla.,Calif.,Arizona and a few more that have a climate suited for less maintenance with lower cost involved.We also have five major interstates that run through Penna. plus a turnpike with heavy truck traffic. We have departments in place in Harrisburg that oversee PennDots spending and I'm sure one of them would pick up on any wrong doing that goes on but, I'm sure your reply back will be,"we can't trust them either". If more vehicle owners would "carpool" that would cut down on the cost but, no one wants to give up their ride. I see Capricorn1 agrees with you which doesn't sh
Thank you Carl, I'm glad somebody gets it.
We spend monies on things that are nice to see at the expense of vital road and bridge maintenance and construction. Streetscaping, beautification projects, bike trails, parking garages, and new maintenance buildings, sports arenas, the list is nearly endless these wasteful projects eat up funding that could be used for vital repairs and construction. The money is there its proper utilization is not.
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For those of you who believe we need to throw more money at an inefficient state agency here are some figures to ponder. According to the Federal Highway Administration 2010 figures which are the latest I could locate, PA spends nearly $71k per road mile, nearly $700 per person, for about 120k miles of roads, making PA 11th highest spender in the nation. We rank 42nd in road quality and 47th in bridge quality according to the US Chamber of Commerce. When you take the time to compare the states and the numbers can only come to the conclusion that their is an untold amount of wasted tax dollars in the PADOT.
Capricorn1: Where in my comment did you come up with me saying,"absolutely no waste",all government programs are beyond reproach" and "no right to question our government"? Again, I say, you should get involved with the Tea Party, this is exactly how they operate,twist information so it sounds bad! I had a lot of questions when G.W. was in office but, as you say that's bring up the past which I'm like you, I want to forget about that time!
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Capricorn1: Did you know "Big Brother" and "Paranoia" have the same meaning?Life is short so enjoy it and when you dead the GOVERNMENT will know everything about you, scary,right?
Capricorn1: I guess we are "beating" this poll to death again. I didn't know Grampian Blvd was a "state" road. If I were you I would tell PennDot that you want to see the "books" on their spending habits and get ahold of the Supreme Court and have them, PennDot investigated. This way PennDot won't get any more additional funding and soon we will all be driving on "smooth" roads with no additional taxes on the tax payers.Let us know how you make out! If you want to keep it real simple, lets blame Obama, he's an easy target.
Anyone remember when Govenor Rendell stated " I will see to it personally that price gouging by retailers is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law ? Like that ever happened, no one retailer was arrested. Now we have yet another promise and I say, hahaha.
Oh and btw Mercury, I can leave my house and in less than a minute I can point out PennDOT waste. Grampian Blvd is paved every few years when there is absolutely NOTHING wrong before they pave it again. I know because I drive it a couple of times daily. You think maybe it's because of the homes along that road? That's just one example within a couple blocks of my home. Google PennDOT waste and you can find plenty more.
Mercury, you just sit back and let big brother take good care of you my friend. You're right, there is absolutely no waste in government and all government programs are beyond reproach. We as Americans have absolutely no right to question our government and how they spend our tax dollars. Thank God this country has folks like me that don't think like you. I choose to hold our government accountable.
Capricorn: No, I'm not kidding as you put it but, my question to you is ,"why didn't you tell someone years ago about this problem before as you say is why we have this problem today"? I'm guessing you have a way of getting information from some source that is informing you about this corruption? You seem to have a problem with anything the GOVERNMENT is doing for us. If you are not in the Tea Party you should be because that is their way of looking at the GOVERNMENT, we don't need it! You may think this is a stupid reply but, I don't know how any other way to reply to a dumb comment especially since you have seen it "first hand".
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Xeo920:Not sure what you're saying in your comment. I don't think the money will go to building NEW roads and bridges but, to rebuild the OLD roads and bridges. Why build new roads when the OLD roads need major repair? You're right, when a lot of money is "floating" around there will always be a thief in the mix just ask vol.fire companies or VFWs that have had money stolen from a member.
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The biggest issue I have with this would be what have they actually done with the gasoline taxes to date? I see on the news that they will be using this for new road construction when they should be actually repairing what should have been done in the past. We have been paying taxes and fees all of our lives and the state has mismanaged it the same amount of time. I'm sure that money has been used for anything other than roads such as our representatives salaries and all of the "management" employees as well. There should be a maybe option on this survey for those who believe the state will squander or use this money for other purposes.
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