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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Joe Biden Compares LaGuardia Airport to a "Third World Country"

Posted by on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

He's being a little too Biden-y here with the overstatement, but I agree with the vice president on just about every one of his points: American airports are falling apart, and our infrastructure needs a whole lot of attention.

But this is an issue that President Obama ran on the first time, and we've still got bridges falling into rivers. If the Obama Administration doesn't inspire some real action on this issue, our increasingly shitty infrastructure is going to be labeled an Obama problem come the 2016 presidential election, and rightfully so.


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Urgutha Forka 1
Wait until he sees Newark.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
If the sun suddenly increased its output by 10% and dried up all the oceans, the GOP would still try to pin the blame on Obama - it's just what they do these days.
Posted by COMTE on February 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 3
Just about every airport on the East Coast looks like a third-world country. They're all bad.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM · Report this
fletc3her 4
Airports, roads, bridges, high speed rail, transit, broadband, even credit card technology. Our infrastructure is falling behind in so many ways. American pride has been replaced by whiny complaints about high taxes.
Posted by fletc3her on February 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM · Report this

Next time fly into West Islip like I do.

It's clean, new and you can get very cheap long term parking or take the L.I.R.R. into the city.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM · Report this
@4 Add republican congressional obstruction.
Posted by neo-realist on February 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 7
5, ::whoosh:: is the sound, once more, of the point flying over your head.

The issue isn't a jet-setting conversation about what airport to fly into. The issue is why the US
Government won't create the infrastructure that will support the nation. The corporations won't do it, so why does our money go towards them instead of paying for things that benefits everyone?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on February 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Anyone who's actually been in a 3rd-world airport would disagree.
Posted by MRM on February 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM · Report this
Lew Siffer 9
Already blew our trillions on overseas Empire, there's nothing left for the average American. It's sad. The money spent on war and corporate giveaways would've clothed, fed, and educated every man, woman, and child in the country...leftovers for infrastructure. The money that we now pay yearly to every Despot or Allie for that matter , likewise.

Why should I pay more taxes, when every 0.99 cents of a dollar is pissed away? It's just throwing away good after the bad.
Posted by Lew Siffer on February 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM · Report this
Get the republicans out of Govt. Let them run the......let's see, what part of Govt. could they manage without screwing it up?
Posted by longwayhome on February 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
raindrop 12
What exactly is all the moaning and bitching about here? Did the vice president miss his flight? Loose his luggage? Did he find that the toilet he used in the men's room near his gate was in need of attention?

This is a New York State issue, not something to lame the blame at the John Boehner. Each state must decide how to apportion its federal funds appropriately, however misguided they end up being. Let's take the high speed train planned from somewhere near Bakersfield, CA (or maybe it's Victorville) to Las Vegas, NV. So maybe New York has other priorities besides La Guardia? Why be upset about that?

For those whose sensibilities are unnerved from the substandard conditions at La Guardia, I suggest booking your flights with an American Express card or something similar so that you can earn reward points and stay in the courtesy VIP lounge between flights.

We're not talking about the our interstate highways here, which should indeed warrant the consideration of the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader, but this is one airport in just one of fifty states.
Posted by raindrop on February 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM · Report this
@12, "loose his luggage"? "lame the blame at the John Boehner"?

Not only do you not know what you're talking about, you don't know how to say it.
Posted by sarah70 on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM · Report this
TLjr 14
Most of the third world airports I've been to were quite nice. La Guardia is sparse even by US standards, but I'd still rank it ahead of LAX, which remains America's Crappiest Airport.
Posted by TLjr on February 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM · Report this
raindrop 15
@13: Well Sarah, I should take that as a compliment. All you can retort with are concerning grammatical errors.

Which are indeed always appreciated. I love editors.
Posted by raindrop on February 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 16
America's infrastructure is falling apart, but it is not the fault of the Obama Administration which, in it's Recovery Act of 2009, spent billions on much needed infrastructural projects. One example of forward thinking was the Administration's spending on high-speed rail. In the 2009-2010 budget there was more funding for HSR than in the previous ten year's budgets COMBINED.

The problem is not Obama and he will not be blamed for it. The problem is Congress, especially after the Republicans took over. They are against spending anything and they are the reason why federal spending on infrastructure has been cut to the bone.

They are the sole reason for our infrastructural problems.
Posted by passionate_jus on February 7, 2014 at 8:07 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 17
@12 There is no high-speed rail planned between southern CA and Las Vegas. That is not the HSR that CA is currently building. There was a proposal for a privately funded Maglev rail between LA and Vegas but it never got off the ground due to Maglev being extremely expensive (it is the most expensive form of HSR -- think $48 million per mile vs $22 million per mile for regular HSR).

Also the federal government is the main funder for new airports and maintenance to existing airports, through the FAA. It is a national issue not a local issue.
Posted by passionate_jus on February 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 18
See the Airport Improvement Program
Posted by passionate_jus on February 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM · Report this

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