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August 30, 2006

What We Could Have Done with $1.7 Trillion

That's the amount of money it would take to fix up America's crumbling infrastructure according the the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  $1.7 trillion is also a rough estimate of what the Bush Administration's unnecessary, preemptive war against Iraq will wind up costing the American taxpayers now and in the future.  Having so thoroughly destroyed Iraq, we will probably be forced by our conscience and the international community to pay the equivalent of reparations to Iraq to fix up what we've destroyed there.

Coolaqua has the charts and figures that ASCE has posted on their 2005 Report Card for American's infrastructure.  A decade and a half of Republican control of the pursestrings and a penchance for corruption over governing has given us a "D" for infrastructure upkeep.  An unnecessary war has insured that we won't have the money to rectify the situation.  Pathetic.  It will take Democrats, backed by a more educated, committed public, a couple of decades to rebuild our democracy, our infrastructure and our ability to lead in the world.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 30, 2006 at 09:11 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


o/t Goldmark campaign still $15,000 shy of goal as of this morning's newsletter. Thanks again Lynn for the great interview with him.

Posted by: mainsailset | Aug 31, 2006 7:24:55 AM

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