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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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8 Comments

  1. Kevin

    May 17, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    So tired of this administration with their heads buried in the sand!!

  2. Lisa

    May 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    If baby killers can protest outside supreme court justices can’t American citizens for closed borders protest at the borders?

  3. Lee Qualley

    May 17, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Why can’t they distribute the formula at the border to our own citizens, this administration just blows my mind! The warehouses stocked with everything for the illegals rushing into our country

  4. what is nuance

    May 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    it’d be nice if you added some quantifiable data regarding money spent vs. results for “help at our border”. Oh wait that doesn’t exist and there is so much nuance around it. How many billions of dollars of sidewalks and bike paths are in America? How much spent on them yearly?

    5 billion is so little for our federal government and you give us no real analysis.

    Wish everything was as simple as you make it seem. so much nuance in this world, but let’s just throw nuance in the trash. 5 bills clearly would fix fentanyl and illegal immigration, lmao.

    I wish I lived in the same black and white world you dumbos live in. I guess that is what happens when you do “journalism” and don’t work for a company in the real world that actually produces things. You would quickly learn things aren’t even close to being black and white. Are y’all that disconnected from reality?

    get a real job and go outside. Hopefully a bot wrote this, Yo BOT, go outside. Probably did knowing 2022.

    “fentanyl and the drug overdoses” the drug overdoses… lmao, which drug, there are so many???

  5. Disgusted

    May 18, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Here is my take on the whole bike issue. We have been living in an area where every city dweller thinks coming into our area to recreate is just fine. But they also think they own the road and act like they do. I am generalizing now.
    But they contribute zero to the roads like those of us that pay license tabs,and ask to donate on top of that. Nor do they put a penny into the gasoline prices. So in actuality they have no right to be on the roads we pay for. So how about licensing Bicycles as well. So that they can feel like they contribute in a small way. It doesn’t have to be much, but I think Minimum $20 a year would be fair. And we would not be as annoyed with them as we are now.
    But it looks like Biden wants us the even pay more for Bike paths. We are already paying for more than we use and for things we totally disagree with.

  6. walter j sivigny

    May 19, 2022 at 9:42 am

    You can bet he has a relative or a crony in the cement business.

  7. MicMac69

    May 20, 2022 at 4:03 am

    If the “americans” were less stupid and a bit better educated road accidents dues to excessive speed and non respect of traffic rules and deaths by overdose would be much lesser. The lack of civic awareness and education keeps the crime rate high and the corruption overwhelming…

  8. BILLY SULLIVAN

    May 20, 2022 at 8:52 am

    clueless administration

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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