Do Nothing Congress Creating Deadly Enthusiasm Gap For GOP

While President Trump holds a 47 percent approval rating, at 29 percent Speaker Paul Ryan's abysmal approval rating is beginning to drag down the whole GOP, and especially its establishment candidates.

An Infrastructure Fix

William S. Lind and Glen D. Bottoms, The American Conservative

President Hoover has Hoover Dam, FDR has the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Ike has the interstate highway system. Each is a memorial to a president who wanted to do something big. The opportunities are there for President Trump to do the same. Short of building a pyramid, infrastructure offers him the best opportunity to put his name up in lights.

Mayors think they may have a partner in populist Trump

Salena Zito, Washington Examiner

City services include fire and police, parks and recreation, sanitation and water, roads and bridges, public transportation and schools, cyber capabilities, and so on. Mayors need to maintain a strong tax base for such services and the personnel necessary to support them. This has become very difficult as many of those who use the services choose to live outside of city limits and beyond the tax base.

Stormy Weather: Brown’s Budget Holds Infrastructure Hostage

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

While funding many of the majority party’s priorities — from welfare programs to raises for public employees to efforts to battle climate change — he leaves insufficient resources to deal with the nuts-and-bolts of roads and freeways and water systems. Instead of making this a priority, Gov. Jerry Brown shortchanges it and calls for the public to support increased taxes and fees to pay for desperately needed projects.

Will Donald Trump do for infrastructure what he did for Wollman Rink?

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Trump's proposal for massive infrastructure spending holds out the opportunity to transform government spending programs much as he transformed the process of building an ice skating rink in the beautiful infrastructure Frederick Olmstead designed built in the time of the Civil War.