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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”.
"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 safety."
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.
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.
Originally posted by sonnny1
I don't know WHY we cant put Americans back to work fixing it, but we can give millions of dollars to businesses that go bankrupt, all at the Taxpayers cost. Its ludicrous.
I also think we are not holding our elected officials feet to the fire, when it comes to our infrastructure.
Originally posted by ausername
In order for that to happen, you'd first need to expect that your elected government would spend wisely.
That is like giving a bag of candy to a kid and expecting them to eat wisely.
So how about the State level, if not the Federal one? We are going to have to pay for this, one way or an other. How about slashing the Defense budget? I know, MANY wont like it, but our infrastructure needs to be fixed.
Originally posted by Mountainmeg
Stop building up the infrastructure in the sandbox, and put the $$ to work on our own. I would love to see that happen. Hubby spent part of '04 working on getting electricity to parts of Iraq - every time they put down line, it would get pulled up and sold for the copper. Why bother?
Another thing to keep in mind is the vulnerability of our current electrical grid to either a solar storm or man-made EMP. We could use some fixing up there as well.