Perverted fiscal priorities

Posted on August 2, 2007

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2001: “Shortfalls in federal and state funding and changing population patterns have placed a tremendous burden on our aging power plants, water systems, airports, bridges, highways and schools. In short, America has been seriously underinvesting in its infrastructure for decades and our report card reflects that unfortunate reality.”

2005: “American Society of Civil Engineers’s 2005 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure assessed the condition and capacity of our nation’s public works with an overall grade of D. ASCE estimates that $1.6 trillion is needed over a five-year period to bring the nation’s infrastructure to good condition.”

2007: (CNN) — “At least six people were killed when an interstate bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed Wednesday evening, in what the governor called a ‘catastrophe of historic proportions.'”

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