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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:05 AM
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NYT: A Chance to Build Again
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 07:47 AM by flpoljunkie
(Republicans, if you really want to do something about jobs, this is it.)
March 20, 2011
A Chance to Build Again

Many of the 85,000 dams in the United States are so old an average of half a century that every time one is repaired, two more become dangerously weak. Cities across the country discharge billions of gallons of untreated wastewater into rivers and lakes, and more than a quarter of all bridges are either deficient or obsolete.

The statistics are both frightening and familiar, though they tend to come up only in the crumbling infrastructure articles that appear after major disasters. In practice, government with its lack of cash and consensus keeps most of these projects on distant back burners until people actually lose their lives.

And then a disaster occurs like the one in Japan, which was a reminder that even a well-prepared small country can suffer terribly from a natural disaster. The hazards are even greater for a sprawling one with a long history of indolent maintenance and planning.

Last week, though, a bipartisan group of senators came up with a promising idea to get some of these projects started, and very possibly put thousands of people back to work by doing so. The proposal, to create an infrastructure bank that would lend out seed money, represents a refreshing break from the extremist culture of cutting for the sake of cutting that grips Washington and so many state capitals. That culture blocks vital investment just to avoid sensible tax increases.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/opinion/21mon1.html?h...
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:19 AM
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1. The Lunatic Right won't agree to it until a 40 ft. wall of untreated sewage washes them away.
"Infrastructure is socialism." "Bridges only invite Illegal Aliens to Cross." "Disasters are good for business." "Good thing, the Tsunami hurt people more than the Japanese economy."

And, people who believe this are in-charge of America.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:23 AM
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2. hmmmm-- color me skeptical. nt
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:43 AM
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3. It was Kerry's plan. The only way corpmedia will trumpet anything is if a GOPer gets credit.
Oh well....it's still a solid, doable plan.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:54 AM
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5. The times in the next paragraph says it is Kerry, Hutchinson and Warner
Kerry is getting the credit on this. (In the WP, Ezra Klein's comments sounded like they could have been written in that bias free DU JK group!)
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:36 AM
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6. I know...my point is that when Kerry first presented the plan the corpmedia mostly ignored it. Add a
GOP or two and it's pretty certain the corpmedia will take greater notice.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:50 AM
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4. If the Republicans were honest, they would flock to support Senator Kerry's bill
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 08:53 AM by karynnj
After all, it does what they have always said they believe in. It provides entrepreneurs with loans that will allow them to take on projects where it is clear they can repay the loans (with interest) and then make a profit.

Kerry gave an excellent speech, that Ezra Klein liked so much, he argued that it was the speech Obama should have given. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2011/01/if_...

Here is the video - http://www.americanprogressaction.org/events/2011/01/po...

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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:58 AM
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7. Here's a better idea. Stop funding wars!
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