August 3, 2007

Domestic Infrastructure and National Security

What happens when you mix a paranoid, corporate toady with a Vice President? A failure to recognize that maintenance of domestic infrastructure, like bridges, is a national security issue.

The recent collapse of the highway bridge into the Mississippi River is a reminder of this. It is also a foreshadowing of what is to come if we don't re-direct our national priorities away from funding wars of empire, which enrich a minority of the corporate elite. This infrastructure tragedy is an example of the expense we pay for enriching Bush's campaign donors via largesse to the military/security industrial complex and the oil industry.

Get ready to hear that we need to privatize our infrastructure, because the tax-payer can't afford the billions needed to maintain our highways and bridges. This is another scam; how can it be less expensive to maintain our highways, bridges, drinking water supplies, schools and other basic infrastructure while generating a profit for the private sector? Answer, it can't. That's why it's a scam. Don't fall for it.

It's time to demand that Congress cut back military spending and prioritize our limited for securing our national infrastructure. The links below might help. Tell Congress you want taxes spent on the majority of the people, not the narrow interests of the military industrial complex and oil barrons.

Contact the US House of Representatives

Contact the US Senate


Daniel said...

I just love the song you play, Gdaeman. Crack the whip. Get the horses going.

Peter Chen said...

Hi GDAEman,

Thanks for commenting in my post HTML for table and pointing out the misspelling and enabled me to correct it. Very much appreciated. BTW I have responded to your comment, but it add nothing to this comment.

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CM said...

OK, I pretty much agree with you here. And you're right, I've already heard that we need to "privatize" bridges and roads. Like when are they going to want to privatize air?

But here's an issue that is probably too huge to take on: Is rebuilding our transporation infrastructure the way it currently exists really a wise choice?

GDAEman said...

CM - Very, very good point. Perhaps the pending collapse will provide an opportunity to re-invest in mass transit options.