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.