America’s broken infrastructure

collapsed-bridgeI watched a special last night on the collapse of this countries infrastructure. They talked about the fact there was no collective database on the levees in this country until after Katrina. They talked about the fact states like Texas having only seven people to inspect over 1500 levees; about Mississippi having one inspector for over 1000 levees; about how it would take upwards of $1.6 trillion to bring all the levees up to 100 year flood standards. How California’s waterways are susceptible to flooding by the Pacific ocean if a 6.7 earthquake hits in the wrong area.  And if that happens, Northern California all the way to Los Angeles will have six months fresh water max, with repairs to the fresh water system two years away minimum. It will happen.

We’ve seen what’s happening to our bridges, both in this state and the nation. Look at the energy grid: it’s a mess. One shorted line took out over fifty million homes and businesses. A smart grid is decades off, and it’s needed now. There is no excuse for this not to be happening. There is an atmosphere of neglect in this country, and it boils down to money . . . again. While we’re bailing out banks and financial institutions, our infrastructure is crumbling. Obama has promised to do something about it, but hypocrites like Sanford turn down the money for purely political reasons. There should be NO politics involved in repairing this countries infrastructure: this is our national security at risk. When you’ve got a system in place that requires little thought by an outside enemy of this country to shut down, then the problem becomes major. That system is the one we now have in place. It needs fixing, and it needs it now. Why not build on the nationalistic premise of making this country strong again, and using a volunteer work force to start it going?



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2 responses to “America’s broken infrastructure

  1. I like the “volunteer work force” idea! There should be several ways other than joining the military to serve one’s country. And all those ways should be equally respected.

    Last September my grandson worked most of the month in Greensburg. He attends a college that uses the trimester so his summer job ended in mid August but his school semester didn’t begin until late September. He spent that month giving to the rebuilding of Greensburg. As is almost always the case with giving, he got more than he gave from the experience.

    Since we all understand the need of routine maintenance and even replacement of our own homes, gardens, trees… we should easily recognize that a national highway system, energy grid, levees, parks, bridges… must also be repaired and replaced.

    Seems America has been spending too much taking care of everyone else and it’s past time to take care of our country and her citizens.