More spending on highway construction is desperately needed, longtime Washington correspondent Fred Barnes told attendees Wednesday, June 7 at the CCJ Spring Symposium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., sponsored by Randall-Reilly Publishing.
“What we need is more asphalt,” Barnes said. “We just need more lanes.” Unfortunately, Washington insiders tend to dismiss highway spending as “pork” and confuse it with funding for light rail, public transit and “smart highways,” “which means no new lanes,” Barnes said.
Barnes is co-host of The Beltway Boys on Fox News and executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he helped found in 1995. His print and broadcast resume includes 10 years at The New Republic, 10 years on The McLaughlin Group and stints at The Baltimore Sun and the now-defunct Washington Star. His new book is Rebel-in-Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush.
Barnes offered attendees 10 observations about current politics, which he helpfully numbered as he went.