Thursday, August 02, 2007

Crumbling Infrastructure

Yesterday I posted an entry about the total cost of this war being above $1,000,000,000,000.00 ($1 trillion). I said, "The next time you see crumbling infrastructure within the United States you need to remember that" and then within hours I heard of the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis.

Until we know the exact cause of the collapse anything said is speculation but it does not take a genius to realize that war is costly and that other programs will suffer as a result. President Bush chose to lower taxes at a time of war. A war he chose, not a war born out of necessity. No President in history had lowered taxes at a time of war and actually no one has been able to find any leader in the history of mankind that did this either.

Next time we go to the voting booth we need to remember that we need to hire the best man or woman for the job. We don't need to love that person but we need to feel confidant that we have chosen someone who has the intellect to lead. The American people hate taxes yet want safe roads, good schools, a strong military, safe food and many other services supplied by government. These things do not come for free. We need to demand that our tax dollars are spent on worthwhile projects. Have you ever heard the President threaten to veto a war funding bill? Why is there unending funds for war but no funds for highways and crumbling schools?

The events in Minneapolis are a huge tragedy, and after the shock and sorrow have diminished, we need to ask these important questions and demand answers.

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