So it would cost $180 billion to fix all of the nation's ailing bridges? Gosh it sounds like we have a really conservative government, one that would rather cut spending than invest in infrastructure. If we had a conservative government, that's where the debate would be. Obviously what we have is something else entirely, and we know this is an indesputable fact because we know that $180 billion is just a drop in the bucket compared to what this government spends. Hell, just the money that's gone up in smoke in Iraq has got to be more than $180 billion. I'm talking about money that really did go 'nowhere'. Money that was spent with absolutely nothing to show for it.
This goes to show how far gone this country really is. I'm gonna spell it all out here:
a) We've got people who think that Bush is doing a heckuva job. Cutting taxes, reducing the size of government, winning the 'war on terra', vetoing all the bad legislation. Yes there are millions who actually believe he is doing ALL of that! Yes, even the vetoing. They actually believe that because he vetoes a stem cell bill, it must mean he's doing his job.
b) There is actually a debate about whether we should invest in our own infrastructure. All the while, over in Iraq.... (need I go on? lol) Over there, in the promised land, we are spending hundreds of billions on what is ultimately going to amount to nothing except billions of dollars worth of weapons and supplies in the hands of potential future terrorists. (You wonder where all that stuff goes if/when the war is over? They're still finding mines in Vietnam...)
c) We give billions to companies like Halliburton so they can... relocate to Dubai. Yet we cannot be troubled to fix a few bridges and levees.
d) The fact that millions of people somehow support actions like the above should be very disturbing. Where is the outrage? I believe this is undeniable proof that the country is clandestinely controlled by some highly malevolent power. How else to explain the lack of focus? But again, who cares about that anyway? How many people even know the meaning of the word 'malevolent"?
e) No matter which way you slice it, there is no rational argument for what is going on. Those who say that we need to reduce govt spending, welfare, etc, well they support blowing billions in Iraq and giving trillions in corporate welfare. What is a rational person supposed to think when they hear one of those lame arguments? It's complete doublespeak. I'm not even interested in that, as much as I'm interested in knowing how the hell this faulty reasoning is making its way into people's heads.
f) This country benefitted from investment in infrastructure. It is an investment in the future. It is shameful to hear all these people talk about that as if it were a bad thing, and then at the same time they sit there and try to justify selling out this country piece by piece in the name of cheap labor, outsourcing, and privitization. It doesn't make any sense! And believe me they can't make any sense of it either. They'll sit there and spout all these logical fallacies, but they won't be able to explain why they think the way they do. That's textbook brainwashing at work. When you believe something, yet cannot explain why you believe it, that is bad. Unless it's a matter of faith. Faith based government? I guess that is where we are heading. It seems that is where we already are. Sooner or later, it will be codified into law. I'm sure the democrats will accomplish that much at least!
g) This country would benefit from a huge investment in infrastructure. It creates jobs. Wow imagine that. Doing something that actually creates jobs, instead of sending them over seas. My god no wonder no one wants to invest in infrastructure! (As I've said many times, it's like the twilight zone here... nothing makes sense.) The steel and concrete can be made here, it doesnt need to be imported. There really is only one Rational reason not to do this. And that has to do with the future of the automobile in general. Will we be able to make use of $180 billion worth of new infrastructure? Will there be enough oil? Will there be alternatives? It almost seems like, deep down in our collective subconsciousness, we know that it makes no sense to spend so much money on roads that we wont be able to afford to drive on for much longer. It makes me wonder... It's just like the oil companies with their refineries. They wont invest in new refineries because they know it will be a waste of money.
Personally I think we've made a mistake building a culture and a country around the automobile. But that mistake was made before I was born, and it is too late to change now. Letting our roads and bridges rot is even more foolhardy. It's not like the $180 billion would go nowhere. No sir that's what Iraq is for. When we invest money within our own borders, it creates jobs, it creates real wealth for us. It is what makes us a rich nation. It draws in even more investment. Those jobs produce more jobs. And more tax money. This should all be textbook stuff here, but it seems like we burned our textbooks a long time ago. It's all water under the bridge now. Karma...