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Our national infrastructure is a freakin' MESS.

If you disagree, let me ask you this... have you been for a drive on an Interstate lately?

In our area, I-75, a critical NATIONAL transportation asset, has been running at MANY times it's rated design capacity for a long, long time. I'm amazed that we haven't had more tragic structure failures.

Just such a collapse is possible on a critical I-90 route through Cleveland. According to Nick D from the BuckeyeStateBlog we find out about:

"...the rusting I-90 Innerbelt bridge which carries about 120,000 vehicles a day across the Cuyahoga River valley and into downtown Cleveland. The under-deck truss bridge, [is] of the same design as the I-35W bridge which tragically collapsed in Minneapolis last summer, is deteriorating faster than engineers expected. Lanes have been closed and trucks detoured around the bridge to lighten the load on the aging structure."

NOW is the time to rethink and rebuild our entire transportation system.

Not long ago, our WORTHLESS GOPer Congresscritter Bob ("Dumb as a brick and twice as boring") Latta  came out and said that having our local villages build sewage treatment systems was too onerous. The cost per village would range from 1.5 million dollars to four and a half million dollars. Apparently, he feels that pumping untreated human poop into our streams and ditches (and water supply) is OK.

What happens if we build these sewer systems? Local guys get a GOOD paycheck. U.S. manufacturers provide the materials. The property values in the area go up.

And, by the way, we don't have untreated sewage in our water.

On the other hand, according to the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, we U.S. tax payers ponied up FORTY MILLION DOLLARS for a prison that

...cost the U.S. government $40 million to build over three years, before the entire complex was left unattended in 2007, to the wind and sand.

So, forty million dollars absolutely WASTED or four million to stop pollution. What do ya think?

Get out of Iraq NOW and rebuild America.

Originally posted to Earl from Ohio on Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 11:07 AM PST.

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  •  Infrastructure means jobs, Jobs JOBS! (4+ / 0-)

    Here is the infrastructure I am advocating.

    High speed rail.
    Off Shore Wind Turbines.
    NEW SCHOOLS- built 100% green and incorporate the school building and how it works INTO their curriculum.
    Space Tourism
    Auto Industry for the 21st century.
    NEW Electrical grid - open source, plug and play

  •  The cost of this war (1+ / 0-)
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    is why our country is suffering.  The Congressman where I live, Wamp, voted for this war and shrills it was the right thing to do to protect us from Islamo-fascists.  He is such a putz.  

    Now he is shrilling about the automakers getting help because it is wasteful spending.  WTH has he been doing these last 14 years in Congress?  Spend, spend, spend and bomb, bomb, bomb.  We have no money for anything in this country until we get out of the Iraq quagmire.

  •  Nice Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Sandy on Signal

    I have marvelled for years at how Americans are A-OK with having their tax contributions spent overseas.  437 is a lot of military installations abroad.   It's all good now, though, also too that you have the Department of Homeland Security too.  Also.

    Right-wingers who clamor for war and oppose universal health care are not "pro-life" and don't get to say they're "pro-life." It's a lie. Night Train

    by peterborocanuck on Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 11:25:47 AM PST

  •  The Grand Old Republican tradition (0+ / 0-)

    of denying money for water and sewer infrastructure got a boost from Nixon when he took federal funds away from State and local water projects. Another war was sucking up all the money then, too.

    Obama doesn't look like Thomas Jefferson, just Jefferson's children.

    by OHdog on Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 03:15:28 PM PST

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