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  •  MIC, can you spare some billions for us (1+ / 0-)
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    here at home so we don't die as our infrastructure falls down around us?

    Seven years ago this month, the Interstate 35 West bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour in Minneapolis. Thirteen people were killed; more than 100 were injured. That same summer, one fortnight earlier, a steam pipe exploded at Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The scalding pillar of 400-degree steam shot more than 1,000 feet in the air. The crater it left was 35 by 40 feet. The New York Post described the explosion as “Midtown’s Volcano.”
    According to the Federal Highway Administration, only about half of the vehicle miles traveled on federal-aid highways have pavements with good ride quality, and one in five bridges are classified as deficient.

    The World Economic Forum’s report on global competitiveness ranks the United States 19th out of 148 economies in the quality of our overall infrastructure. As far as infrastructure goes, our “shining city upon a hill” isn’t as bright as many other advanced economies.

    _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

    by allenjo on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:57:29 AM PDT

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