It is amazing to me that we are having this discussion at the moment. This is another failure on the part of the Bush Administration, and specifically of Mary Peter's tenure as DOT secretary. Recessions, whether they be long in character like this one or shorter in nature, do occur. When recessions occur labor and materials are typically cheaper and it is a good time for the government to forge ahead on infrastructure projects it has in the pipeline. During recessions the government can pursue planned infrastructure investments at a lower cost, accomplishing two objectives simultaneously: 1) using the taxpayers' money efficiently in implementing necessary infrastructure projects; 2) providing stimulus. All of this is incumbent on planning which appears to have been nonexistent.