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Archive for August, 2007

America’s Infrastructure: And Unto Dust We Shall Return?

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Our friends at the American Society of Civil Engineers are concerned like everyone else about the catastrophic collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. ASCE is calling attention to the degraded condition of America’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, and proposes an Action Plan for the 110th Congress, including the establishment of a National Infrastructure Commission.


Pork? Eat Mo’ Pig.

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

The Associated Press and ABC News report that on the same day the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed (Aug. 2), Bush administration officials announced the White House would veto a $20 billion water-projects bill that the president claimed was “laden with pork-barrel programs.”

Now, nobody approves of wasteful spending-frivolous ‘bridges to nowhere’-but it looks to us like many worthy infrastructure projects are vetoed as pork-barrel spending, just as worthy social programs for health and education are slowly defunded, whittled away, dismissed as ‘patronage’ hand-outs or as inefficient, outdated initiatives that no longer make the grade in the cost-benefit analyses.

If the money’s being spent here in the Homeland, we don’t mind a little pork here and there. Like the sign at Little Richard’s BBQ, we say “Eat mo’ pig.”