Thursday, August 02, 2007
Cafferty: Fixing our infrastructure?
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In light of the fact that proper maintenance of our roads and bridges has been neglected for years, how do we get out government to do the right thing?
Quite simply, the only way to get anything done about our roads in a timely manner is to get government out of the business of maintaining them. Government continually proves its incompetence, inefficiency, and bad judgment. Until we wake up and admit this as reality, things like this will probably continue to happen. -Finn, Gulfport, Mississippi

The voters have to make it an issue. We're spending money on Iraq's rebuilding but none on ours. This is not only a "wake up" for Congress, but for us as well. -Perry

The answer is simple, except the American public does not have the guts or brains to do it-we elect a new government not composed of lawyers, rich boys or politicians. -Eddie, Terlingua, Texas

We can’t because it’s too late. They haven't done the right thing in 40 years and we would be stuck with an enormous repair bill. Add in the costs of the wars, the results of the failed border control, health, the raided Social Security Trust Fund, Medicare, ad infinitum and it would require tax increases only the wealthy could afford. Do I have to say how far that would get in Congress in an election year? -DJ, Jamaica Estates, New York

What needs to be done is the resources that are constantly being set aside for Iraq need to be saved for the U.S. How much needs to happen at home for the government to realize that this country has needs and wants that need to be addressed. -Jason, Waterloo, Iowa

Are we taking our infrastructure too much for granted?
We need to vote out the current pajama party participants. We've got Senators building bridges to nowhere, and we have bridges failing all over the country. All pork barrel or Christmas tree items attached to bills should be confiscated and given to Dept. of Transportation. Excess profits that the gasoline industry is experiencing at our cost should be heavily taxed to aid in providing safe roads and bridges for us to drive on and buy their products. -Ken, Beaverton, Michigan
With other bridges ready to collapse and steam pipes bursting, it is time to stop spending our tax money trying, and failing, to rebuild Iraq. If I remember right President Bush said every time he was asked about what would happen after the fall of Saddam Hussein, he said, “we are not in the business of nation building.” Obviously that includes the United States as well.
-Chris, Crawfordsville, Indiana

What are the comparisons with the levees in New Orleans and the Minnesota bridge? If I have an inspection sticker on my car, restaurants have grades on their windows, why not a visible system on our public infrastructure? -Christopher

The people in the government who are making decisions about infrastructure funding are there because they were elected. Perhaps it’s time for voters to realize that "no new taxes" equates to no new bridges, roads, and water plants. It’s time to act like adults who pay for the homeland essentials. -Bill, Vancouver
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 8/02/2007 05:51:00 PM ET | Permalink
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