Well, for some reason those important shovel-ready projects don’t exist.
Not very surprising, given how during the first decade of this century local, state, and federal leaders (many Republicans) ignored long term projects for short term tax cuts.
It’s unfortunate that President Obama had to discover this so late. When the Stimulus was being debated some voices did raise concern about this lack of planned (but not yet funded) projects.
Christie in NJ is a classic example happening today. His cancellation of the very long planned tunnel project is an example of short sighted politics.