posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 05:44 PM
I was reading Beezzers thread
that the State of Washington is leveling a tax to
supplement road funding. It made me think about how bad our Infrastructure really is in the United States. So bad that Obama is reexamining a Federal
gas Tax. Yes, you read that right.
In the meantime, President Obama has recycled an old idea during the fiscal cliff talks by proposing once again a one-time infusion of $50 billion
for the nation’s infrastructure. Many House Republicans quickly argued that the expense should not be made as part of a compromised package,
including long time infrastructure advocate, and retiring Congressman, Steve LaTourette (R-OH). Talks continue behind closed doors, and President
Obama and Speaker Boehner are reported to be personally communicating on ways to avert going over the cliff, including the possibility for a much
anticipated but mythical “grand bargain”.
I find this preposterous as he has failed to even allow more
here in the United States. I am
also perplexed that with all the bailouts, and money wasted with his "green" schemes (Solyndra, Abound Solar, etc ), that he didn't ONCE purpose to
put Americans back to work, by fixing our failed Infrastructure.
Just how bad is our Infrastructure?
This was 2009 Grades....... I can only think of what the grade is now.........
Drinking Water D-
Hazardous Waste D
Inland Waterways D-
Public Parks and Recreation C-
Solid Waste C+
America's Infrastructure GPA: D
Estimated 5 Year Investment Need: $2.2 Trillion
"With the economy slowly recovering, infrastructure investment will help spark growth and continue our path towards prosperity," the society's
president said in a statement. "In 2009, ASCE gave America’s infrastructure a 'D-' grade and called for $2.2 trillion in investment over the
coming five years. Obviously, this investment has not been made, and consequently, we have jeopardized our economy, our quality of life, and our very
ASCE did praise Congress and the Obama Administration for passing the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act in July. That legislation
will inject more than $105 billion dollars into surface transportation programs for FY 2013 and 2014. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls the
act a win-win bipartisan measure that would help all Americans.
Unfortunately, this is NOT enough to get the Job done. Even with an additional 50 billion, with Obama's reexamination of a Federal Gas Tax, it
wouldn't put a dent into fixing our Nations crumbling infrastructure. Taxing an already weakened Nation will do nothing but push this Country into an
even worse situation. We need fixes NOW. I would propose to put our Nation back to work, and allow the unemployed to earn a check. I don't understand
why this couldn't be enacted or at least a plan formulated.
If a plan could be worked out, would these Jobs have to be unionized? Could this be done on a State level, working in conjunction with the Federal
level? I don't want to see any new taxes, but I do want to see Job creation and our infrastructure fixed.
I leave ATS with this, as I found it prevalent as to what should be done about it, immediately.
Driving Off the Fiscal Cliff
Just how bad are America's bridges and roads?
Minn. Bridge Collapse Reveals Brittle America
America's gross domestic product in 2006 was $13.2 trillion--we can afford to have world-class infrastructure. As a stepping-off point, we should
insist that our elected representatives publicly acknowledge the risk of neglecting the bridges, roads and other essential hardware that goes into
making a modern civilization. Then we should hold them accountable for setting priorities and for marshaling the requisite resources to repair our
increasingly brittle society.