Why? As you might have anticipated, because a bridge collapsed. Roads are crumbling. Our spending on infrastructural repairs has been woefully and immorally non-existent. Blah blah blah.
Editorial: The price of ignoring wake-up callsAlways the answer. A problem exists. Raise taxes.
The collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis last week is the latest in a string of tragic signs that the nation's aging infrastructure is crying for help.
The country cannot allow another tragedy to pass and ignore that cry.
An infrastructure crisis is looming.
The needs, as last week's bridge collapse illustrates, clearly are greater than current revenue. There must be willingness to explore new funding sources.
State and federal lawmakers refuse to use a gas tax increase to fund expanding transportation needs. But funding will become increasingly difficult to find as long as officials continue to resist a higher tax.
The federal gas tax hasn't budged in 14 years. (link)
We have/had the money to fix every road, every highway, and every bridge in America. And we spent it. WE SPENT IT.
Two short years ago we authorized a quarter of a trillion dollars to be devoted to "transportation." Where'd it go?
Just last week, the House of Representatives decided to spend another quarter trillion to make America's richest farmers even richer. Why?
After public outcry over an allocation of a quarter billion to that Alaska bridge that led nowhere, Congress hid the expenditure and handed the state the funds anyway. Why?
We spend $56 billion on a Department of Education that is responsible for the education of not one child in this country. Not one. Why?
There's Murtha and his defense budget
Boucher and his transportation department funding of horseback riding trails.
Pelosi who pockets our money for her husband's business.
Harry Reid who enriches himself.
An Alaska congressman - a Republican! - who secures a quarter billion in funds for a bridge to a remote island owned in large part by his family. Not to be confused with that other quarter billion dollar bridge.
On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and ...
No. We don't need to raise taxes. These bandits have enough of our money. All the money they're going to get. They just need someone to get their attention.
Raise taxes to pay for bridge repairs? Been there, done that. Over and over and over and ...