Funding priorities should shift to infrastructure

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | 9:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:43 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

President Bush and Minnesota’s governor have praised the rescue workers and offered prayers for the families and victims of the bridge disaster in Minnesota. However, this is like closing the barn door after the horse is out. It would have been better if they had worked to improve our failing infrastructure like our bridges, highways, tunnels, dams, levees, flood walls, etc. However, too often our state and federal officials are more interested in their pet projects instead of more important needs. The Minnesota governor has said the government might have to raise the gas tax. This might be like the condition in Missouri where the highway tax was funding other things. Our government doesn’t need more money but the wiser use of it. Politicians need to get their priorities in order like we have to. Our dams are in need of repair like the Taum Sauk accident in Missouri has shown. Our failing infrastructures are what the terrorists like; in the event of an attack, we would be unable to evacuate the area fast and safely. We have a dangerous condition in Missouri at the Callaway nuclear power plant, which is located on roads that would not allow the fast and safe evacuation of people from the area in case of disaster. President Bush is wasting 2 trillion dollars in Iraq, millions of barrels of oil and losing billions of dollars of military weapons that might be funding terrorists. He is fiddling like Nero while our infrastructures are failing. Also, billions of dollars are being wasted in space while our infrastructure falls to pieces and our own planet is being destroyed. Now Bush is asking for more money to fight his misguided war and to continue putting our troops in a dangerous civil war that is only creating more hate and violence throughout the world.

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