I was talking to a colleague this morning; he thought that perhaps as a country we'll start thinking about spending money here at home rather than spending money for the Iraq War.
Did you realize that the Pentagon is projecting the total cost of the war in Iraq to be in excess of $1 trillion dollars.
Can you imagine what we could do with that kind of money? I can't fathom it.
John Holusha and Kenneth Chang in the New York Times note,
A steam pipe explodes near Grant Central Terminal, a levee fails and floods New Orleans, a bridge collapses in Minneapolis.More common? This is what happens in Third World countries, not here in the U.S. of A. What can we, you and I, do to bring this up short?
These disasters are an indication that this country is not investing enough in keeping its vital infrastructure in good repair, engineering experts warn.
“Governments do not want to pay for maintenance because it is not sexy,” said John Ochsendorf, a structural engineer and an associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He said the bulk of the nation’s highway system was built in the 1950s and 1960s and is ageing. Referring to the collapse in Minneapolis, he said “This type of event could become more common.”