Open Thread - Public Works
Avahome resurrects the idea of public works projects for our debate -- cho
I have to admit that John Edwards got my attention Monday night during the debate. His passion for a public works project regarding "Greening" existing government structures. This struck me as an excellent idea. Now how many government owned buildings there are throughout the US..I don't know. But putting our tax dollars back into our country thru work projects appears smart.
Stay with me:
The numbers are staggering. More than one in four of America’s nearly 600,000 bridges need significant repairs or are burdened with more traffic than they were designed to carry, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
A third of the country’s major roadways are in substandard condition — a significant factor in a third of the more than 43,000 traffic fatalities each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Traffic jams waste 4 billion hours of commuters’ time and nearly 3 billion gallons of gasoline a year, the Texas Transportation Institute calculates.
Dams, too, are at risk. The number of dams that could fail has grown 134 percent since 1999 to 3,346, and more than 1,300 of those are “high-hazard,” meaning their collapse would threaten lives, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) found. More than a third of dam failures or near failures since 1874 have happened in the last decade.
Underground, aging and inadequate sewer systems spill an estimated 1.26 trillion gallons of untreated sewage every year, resulting in an estimated $50.6 billion in cleanup costs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
So you see when you look at the bridges, roadways, dams and underground sewer, steam, gas systems, etc. there seems to be great justification for Public Works. Following is a quote:
“Much of America is held together by Scotch tape, bailing wire and prayers,” said Donald F. Kettl, director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
I used to car pool with a fella who drove an old Chevy. He told me this is how the front end of the car was held together. Oh..he also used the word "paper clips".....this can't be good!
Now with the Dems, Repubs, and our President speaking Stimulus Packages..open to suggestions..just watch and see how for the public works projects will be debated to death or squashed. Surprise me..please somebody...anybody!
Lines drawn on stimulus
Under pressure from unions, Democrats are pushing for more spending on public works projects and Medicaid to be included in an economic stimulus package being negotiated on Capitol Hill.
This has angered and alarmed congressional Republicans, who are worried that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson seems too eager to give in to the majority party’s demands to get something done.
There you go.........."get something done". Well why the hell not? Only let's make sure we put Americans to work...pay them a decent wage and expect a decent product.