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After yesterday's tragic bridge collapse, many commented on the sad state of American infrastructure.     This is beyond merely bridges.  In my state, the roads are such a shamble that no one needs a sign to determine when they have left or entered the state.   There are schools in this country with inadequate electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems.   In some places, hospitals are overcrowded.   Millions of people are dependent upon water being pumped from far too far and across the country, too much water, both ground and surface, is being consumed.  

At the same time, we have millions who have jobs which pay minimum wage or lack benefits.  We have no idea how many people our unemployment numbers no longer include.

The Democratic presidential candidates need to step up and say no more.    Our Federal government needs to rebuild America.  It is time to bring a return of the Works Progress Administration.

So the question I put to you, is do you think the Dems need to start talking about rebuilding America and what do you think it should encompass?

Originally posted to Pumpkinlove on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 06:03 AM PDT.

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  •  Thoughts for the victims (6+ / 0-)

    How did I live without him?

    by Pumpkinlove on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 06:01:34 AM PDT

  •  Wasn't the WPA found unconsitutional in the end (0+ / 0-)

    And even if we had decided to rebuild the infrastructure there is no reason to believe that this bridge would have either been rebuilt or that the reason it collapsed could have even been prevented at this time.  While we should spend money to rebuild infrastructure (eliminating pork and earmarks would go a long way to paying for some of the most needed repairs), we have to recognize that the process will take decades and will create lots of controversy (eminent domain).

    •  The problem is...you *really* like that Pork when (0+ / 0-)

      it's in your backyard and you/your community benefits from it.

      It's always that guy over there loading up the pork, never your representative.

      The aging of our infrastructure has been known since before Clinton ever took office.

      As far as eminent domain issues...people don't want power lines and grids through their property, but they want the electricity.  

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 06:51:33 AM PDT

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  •  At the time of the NY steam explosion (4+ / 0-)
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    a few weeks back, I found it interesting that Mayor Bloomberg said right from the start that the problem was aging, crappy infrastructure.  In the clips that I heard, he didn't even utter the T-word (imagine Rudy passing up that opportunity!).   I think it's an issue that will only grow in importance, and it would be a great one for Dems to take leadership on.

    To get beyond the pork-barrel talking points that R's will fling, we should emphasise that we're taking care of what we've got - not adding something new and unneccessary.  Contrast the "Bridge to Nowhere" with a bridge that carries 135,000 vehicles a day.

    Just call their form of government Hypocracy.

    by lineatus on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 06:45:51 AM PDT

  •  How about "competence"? (2+ / 0-)
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    There's nothing "sexy" about performing a quality job in a quality timeframe using the appropriate tools and coming in at budget.

    Bush and his people have demonstrated their disdain for competence at every turn--and look where it has gotten us.

    If ever there was a time for Democrats to demonstrate their ability to turn quality visions into a quality reality, that time is now.

    I don't want a president I can have a beer with or cut brush with; I want a president who is competent and hires competent people at all levels to make this country run.

    Now can somebody turn what I just said into a bumper sticker?

  •  Tag Line Abuse - Front pagers take notice (3+ / 0-)
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    So the question I put to you, is do you think the Dems need to start talking about rebuilding America and what do you think it should encompass?

    Tags: infastructure, Democratic platform, 2008, Troll Diary (all tags) :: Add/Edit Tags to this Diary :: Previous Story Revisions

    I will correct this in just a second but someone has also done this to Keith Moon's diary today.

    How did I live without him?

    by Pumpkinlove on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 07:40:25 AM PDT

  •  It's an interesting question (0+ / 0-)

    you raise here, about what the appropriate level of public infrastructure investment is. Here in New York, we're still essentially reaping the benefits of the New Deal and the WPA programs, because that's simply when a large part of our infrastructure was created. Much of it is older even than that. There are major infrastructure projects on the drawing boards - a new Penn Station, a Second Avenue subway, massive new housing on the waterfronts and in downtown Brooklyn - but the underlying body of infrastructure is creaky at the best of times.

    We shall crush our enemies under the cruel heel of our basic goddamned f--king competence. -Hunter

    by MBNYC on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 07:56:07 AM PDT

    •  I think it is the same in much of the country (1+ / 0-)
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      So many of our schools, bridges, hospitals were built so long ago.  We really have not  put as much money into maintaining/upgrading infrastructure as our previous generations.  What a shame.

      I am deeply concerned about the power grid and water.  The entire SouthWest seems to be unsustainable with such large populations and few local sources of water.    NPR had a story yesterday about how our manufacturing plants (in this case ethanol) were withdrawing enormous amounts of groundwater but the states had not updated their aquifer maps in years so in most places there was no way to tell how aquifers actually held.

      How did I live without him?

      by Pumpkinlove on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 08:15:52 AM PDT

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  •  if isn't broke does it need fixing? (0+ / 0-)

    is often the posture people take. And it is always easy for Republicans to shout that the government is spending too much money.

    What would prevent Captain America from being a hero "Death, Maybe"

    by Doughnutman on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 01:11:12 PM PDT

  •  It's an old issue, as anyone knows that has (0+ / 0-)

    been to Rose Field in Cleveland in the last 40 years.

    The question is how do we keep coming up with trillions for war when infrastructure and healthcare go unaddressed.

    My suspected answer is the boogeyman.

    TFTD.  Sincerely.

  •  HUNTER - It's back and on Keith's diary too (0+ / 0-)

    So the question I put to you, is do you think the Dems need to start talking about rebuilding America and what do you think it should encompass?

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    So the question I put to you, is do you think the Dems need to start talking about rebuilding America and what do you think it should encompass?

    Tags: infrastructure, Democratic platform, 2008 elections, Troll Diary (all tags) :: Add/Edit Tags to this Diary :: Previous Story Revisions

    How did I live without him?

    by Pumpkinlove on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 04:53:14 AM PDT

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