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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:32 AM

Can Obama Rebuild Crumbling Infrastructure?

It's bad out there, but with half the politicians not giving a damn, I have my doubts. Maybe we need a few more bridges to fall into the water, or a few dozen people die, before this problem will be taken seriously.

http://www.nationalmemo.com/can-obama-rebuild-crumbling-infrastructure/

Can Obama Rebuild Crumbling Infrastructure?
February 14th, 2013 4:14 pm Josh Marks

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To put it in a global perspective, according to a June 2012 report released by the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. fell from fifth in 2002 to 24th in the world on infrastructure quality, being overtaken by 13 countries in the past decade. And according to a 2011 story published in Homeland Security News Wire, the U.S. spends just 2.4 percent of GDP on infrastructure, compared to 5 percent in Europe and 9 percent in China. The developed world spends 52.7 percent more of its GDP on transportation infrastructure than the U.S. does.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will be releasing its next Report Card for America’s Infrastructure on March 19th. ASCE’s last report in 2009 gave an overall D (poor) grade to U.S. infrastructure. Aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, public parks & recreation, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, transit, and wastewater all received C (mediocre) and D grades.

In its final Failure to Act Report released in January, ASCE said it has a “sober message for elected officials, policy makers, businesses, and general public: unless the U.S. invests an additional $1.57 billion per year in infrastructure—drinking water and wastewater, electricity, airports, seaports and waterways, and surface transportation—between now and 2020, the nation will lose $3.1 trillion in GNP (gross national product), $1.1 trillion in trade, a $3,100 per year drop in personal disposable income, $2.4 trillion in lost consumer spending, and a little over 3.1 million jobs.”

At the State of the Union, the president presented two infrastructure jobs programs — a Fix-it-First program to work on the nation’s most urgent repairs and a Partnership to Rebuild America to collaborate with the private sector on modernization projects. The president used the example of the “nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country” in making the case for Fix-it-First. Obama, in proposing the Partnership to Rebuild America to attract private capital, used examples of “what our businesses need most,” including “modern ports to move our goods, modern pipelines to withstand a storm, and modern schools worthy of our children.”

“Let’s prove there’s no better place to do business than here in the United States of America and let’s start right away,” the president said.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:41 AM

1. We need to get this done

Too many bridges, highways, schools, railways, etc are deteriorating and are going to become dangerous (if they aren't already).

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:20 PM

3. YES!

but the republicans don't want to spend money

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:11 PM

2. Of course we need this to get done. It should have started 3-4 years ago but now the damn house Rs

won't vote for it because it involves spending and it could improve the economy -- something the damn Rs and their idiot leader the weeper of the house don't want to improve. It is sad how they really don't care about this country.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:57 AM

4. When bridges start to close

this will happen. In some locations it won't be possible to get anywhere if enough bridges close. I think that includes regions with rivers but also anywhere with geography like hills and canyons. You slowly get used to bad conditions until there is a catastrophic failure. You don't notice deterioration if you live with it every day.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:50 PM

5. Next to impossible with the teabaggers in the house

They will take us back to anvils and horse and buggys. All to prove that guv ment don't work.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:11 PM

6. Not until we drop these loser congresspeople...

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:58 PM

7. K&R.. I so hope they can! All that's in their way are the

Fascist Domestic Enemies of America.

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