Last night, 60 Minutes featured a segment on American infrastructure entitled Falling Apart. This sobering look at roads, bridges, sewer, water, air, and port infrastructure should scare everyone. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives America a D- on it’s infrastructure report card. The question posed by the report is how did we get to this and how will it be fixed?
While politicians skirt the issue of paying for renovations while tragedy looms begs a question. When the Recovery Act was being debated in 2009, at the midst of the Great Recession, with millions of Americans out of work, with interest rates at record lows, and a country full of crumbling infrastructure why did Republicans fight to make the infrastructure spending smaller and tax cuts bigger?
Sure, they succeeded in mitigating the positive impact of the stimulus and slowed the recovery but the bridges and roads remain underfunded and dangerous. If you take the time to watch the segment, take a moment and ask who to blame for the lives affected by the next bridge collapse.