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Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:03 AM

 

Want to Ignore Politics? Maybe a Bridge Falling on Your Neighbors Will Change Your Mind

Most Americans are too busy with their daily lives for politics. But maybe when a bridge falls killing their neighbors it will wake them up. A crumbling infrastructure is coming to a bridge or gas line near you. You can't hide.

You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure

Earlier this week, Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their 8-month-old son Hudson were killed after debris from a highway overpass in Bonney Lake, Washington fell onto their pickup truck as they were driving through.
According to authorities, a large piece of concrete barrier fell from the overpass onto the Ellis' truck. The overpass was undergoing a construction project at the time.
The tragic deaths of Josh, Vanessa and Hudson Ellis are yet another reminder that US infrastructure is literally crumbling.

Take our nation's bridges and tunnels for example. Right now, there are over 600,000 bridges in the US that have been labeled as "structurally deficient."

In 2013, a bridge on I-5 in Washington State collapsed, sending three people plunging into a river.


More here: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30267-you-can-t-have-a-functioning-democracy-without-high-quality-infrastructure

How long will we allow our government to spend on redundant military equipment and bood-doggles or give the wealthy tax breaks while ignoring our crumbling infrastructure.

If you think our national security is important, think infrastructure.

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rhett o rick Apr 2015 OP
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Apr 2015 #1
L0oniX Apr 2015 #2
Enthusiast Apr 2015 #3
corkhead Apr 2015 #4
rhett o rick Apr 2015 #5
CrispyQ Apr 2015 #6

Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:07 AM

1. My own warning. If yo're traveling between Ohio and Kentucky, avoide the Brent Spence bridge.

LOOOONG overdue to be replaced entirely.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:01 AM

2. Things will change after a few Walmart trucks fall off some shitty bridges.

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:02 AM

3. Kicked and recommended a whole bunch!

Way to go, rhett o rick!

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:10 AM

4. what makes you think the PTB wants a functioning democracy?

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Response to corkhead (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:48 AM

5. This is what really worries me. I would think the PTB would want a

 

functioning society even w/o democracy. I would hope they'd recognize that driving us into abject poverty is lose-lose even for them. Looks like they have decided to let us crumble and take our money and run.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 11:56 AM

6. A few years ago there was a TV show about our infrastructure.

It was sad to watch. One small town depended on a bridge that connected them to the rest of the area. Several residents said, "I never drive on it during rush hour." Wow. Good going America.

We have a corporate class that runs the world & that doesn't look any further ahead than one quarter. I don't know what's going to wake these short-sighted fuckers up. We live in a closed system where continuing growth is impossible. Eventually, even they will not have a cushion big enough to pad the fall.

We are screwed.

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