Our government poses a bigger threat to the country’s infrastructure than do terrorists.

August 3, 2007 at 3:43 pm (frightening things, injustice, politics, stupidity) (, , , )

If you’re lacking in information about the recent Minneapolis bridge collapse, read about it here. Then, freak out about how we should be expecting more fatal tragedies of the kind.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has found 159,000 bridges in this country to be “deficient” or “obsolete,” either because they weren’t built correctly, exactly, or they’re misused (and made to hold too much weight).

159,000 bridges= 1 in 4.

“I think we’re going to see bridges collapse, and we do on a regular basis,” said Kent Harries of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering.

From the The Huffington Post:

It’s been said before, but let’s say it again: If terrorists had bombed this bridge, or destroyed the levees and flooded New Orleans, life in America would change forever. But since it’s only our own governmental neglect — and conservative greed — nobody seems to give a damn.

The Civil Engineers say it will cost $9.4 billion a year for 20 years to eliminate all bridge deficiencies. Wow, that’s a lot of money. We can’t afford that! Oh, wait … the total amount over twenty years is less than we’ve spent in Iraq already, isn’t it?

We’ve got other problems, too — pipelines that could fail at any time, massive potential power failures, buildings that could fall. The Civil Engineers say it will take $1.6 trillion to fix all of America’s infrastructural problems.

That’s less than the Iraq war will eventually cost, isn’t it?

Freak. Out.



  1. Daisy said,

    My socialist tendencies are strengthened every day.

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  3. Michael said,

    While we all know that huffington is certainly no mental giant, to somehow blame our infrastructure issues on this administration, when every damn one of them in the past 7 decades has ingnored it, is a new low. Bridges and roads, AND the issue in New orleans was a local issue, as is the mis-appropriation of funds to fix them. What our blowhard huffington should be asking is what happened to all the money in New Orleans to fix the levees over the past 30 years, and where is all the money going at the state levels to keep our bridges and roads up to par. Crafting blame and changing nothing nothing is a liberal tactic we are all very tired of. My tendencies to laugh out loud at socialists get strengthed every day,

  4. Emily said,

    Our infrastructure issues are in every way the responsibility of our government. I don’t see how you can argue otherwise. I do, in fact, hold each administration avidly opposed to the sort of spending necessary to fix such problems responsible. And it’s relevant and valid to point out the extent to which the current administration has done NOTHING to prevent this sort of disaster, of which the risks have obviously been known, while exacerbating the threat of non-risks, or risks significantly less than this one. It’s worth pointing out that sort of hypocrisy.

    Yes, New Orleans is another example of this negligence, and only strengthens my position. It was a local issue, but, hello, also a national one. It’s downright shameful that next to nothing was done at the federal level, in the most powerful country in the world, to repair New Orleans, or help those whose lives were destroyed by the hurricane. Both state and federal government have a role to play. In this case, federal government has a really huge one. Not sure why that isn’t obvious…unless, of course, you just don’t care about those that have needlessly lost their lives, for what?…and believe that you’re somehow protected in a way that others aren’t. You’re not.

  5. Michael said,

    State government is our government. I’m uninterested in all the “feelings” and emotion around New Orlean sor any other issue. There are rules and processes, and Louisiana didn’t follow them to get the aid they needed. IYour pointing out the spending of this admin at the exception of every other administration, is textbook hypocrisy and is nothing but the same old selective outrage.We all know that disasters like this are a cummulative result of wear and tear over years and decades, across many admins. This bridge didn’t just start deteriorating in this admin. I live near New Orleans, I have worked in new Orleans, and I know how corrupt and crappy that city and its government and Louisiana’s was and is and its no surprise to any of us that live in this part of the country that this happened to new orleans. Perhaps instead of saying “evacuate”, the government should have used a word that the residents actually understand like “get the hell out”. People willingness to absolve the State and CIty of any responsibility just to bash a prez is truly shameful. Needless lost their lives? Absolutely agree, it was needless.., they were told to leave, should have left, they made the decision, they are to blame. Not the government. Most of us have known for some time that the federal money mean’t for the levees were misappropriated by local and state grab bags. So lets not deflect the root cause and decend into just another admin bashing session.. It’s important to understand cause and effect, and leave the emotion to kids.

  6. Emily said,

    Did you read my comment? I said:

    I do, in fact, hold each administration avidly opposed to the sort of spending necessary to fix such problems responsible.

    Not just the current one. Though certainly the current one as well.

    I’m not arguing that there shouldn’t have been more done at the state level in the case of Katrina…more should have been done at EVERY level. And in the case of Katrina, of course the president should have done more. As opposed to, you know, practically nothing. If any other president, in these circumstances- yes, even a democrat (gasp)- had failed as miserably, I’d be saying the same thing. I don’t see why this should be a partisan issue. The president’s job is to protect and take care of the citizens of their country. End of story.

    And, please, are you seriously blaming the people who lost their homes or their lives or their loved ones, or all of the above, for their own misfortune because they should’ve known to leave? Why do you assume that was a practical possibility for everyone, to just leave? Or than anyone would wish for something so horrible just to so they could say it’s Bush’s fault? Really, now. That’s just ridiculous.

    And that because shit got fucked up at the state level, national government is somehow without responsibility whatsoever? That they should just let New Orleans rot? You really think it’s acceptable that YEARS after the hurricane, New Orleans is still basically under water?

    You obviously feel emotion about this, otherwise you wouldn’t be commenting here. Pretending that you don’t doesn’t give you a more objective, correct platform on which to stand. I’m done discussing this with you.


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