Friday, January 4, 2013

Redirecting national priorities to infrastructure

Did you know that according to the American Society of Civil Engineers the estimated cost of repairing America's surface infrastructure would require an investment of $1.7 trillion dollars by 2020?  Ironically that is the same amount the US Department of Defense spent on direct costs of overseas interventions since 2001, including debt services.  I discovered this reading Mike Lofgren's book, "The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted."

Watching a show on PBS, A Journey to America's Smelly Depths to Confront Our Aging Water Systems, I learned that we have a huge amount of differed maintenance when it comes to our nation's water and sewer systems. It is so bad that the American Society of Civil Engineers rates them with a D-minus.

It is past time we begin redirecting our tax dollars from wars overseas to our aging domestic infrastructure.

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