President Bush rebuffed appeals from the nation’s governors on Monday to increase spending on roads, bridges and other public works as a way to revive the economy.

Hey, it’s not like roads and bridges have any other purpose. We trust people to spend the money on things we really need: Big Macs and video games.

“There’s no short-term stimulus to the economy for some of these projects,” Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, said.

Look where long-term thinking got us last time. You really want us to cowboy-up right here at home? No sir! We’ve learned our lesson: no more nation building… not even our own.

Give the gift of words.