You would think that the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota would be reason enough for all of America to begin addressing their infrastructure problems immediately.
Not so fast my friend.
The latest inspection of Brooklyn Bridge resulted in a rating of 2.9…on a scale from 1-7! That was a barely passing grade, and thus just “good enough” to not result in closing down one of the nation’s most famous bridges for at least another 2 years.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t feel the same way about walking across the Brooklyn Bridge as I would have prior to becoming aware of its 2.9 rating. With such a poor rating, how could anyone? And yet, the government still doesn’t seem to want to take the appropriate measures to ensure New York City’s resident commuters that this 124 year old bridge is completely safe.
With reports that the Brooklyn Bridge has structural, design or maintenance problems, the government is still reluctant to raise the money to take care of it. But it’s not just a local issue, the city’s government is only taking its orders from the federal sentiment. Bush actually dismissed the idea of raising the federal gas tax to pay for infrastructure repairs, and yet most infrastructure specialist say that such revenue is required if we are to stop living in danger of even more damage.
Despite Bush’s dismissal of raising taxes, the Brooklyn Bridge is still scheduled for repairs in 2009; a project that is supposedly going to be federally funded. However, it’s a pretty popular opinion that the money for such a task will not exist with out a raise in taxes.
Sometimes I just don’t understand the social contract that this government has with its people. The idea that we give up a completely free way of life for the betterment of all, the protection of this nation’s people and an overall better life for civilization is starting to wear thin.
Politics is weighing down the social contract, and the paper is about to break into pieces. And until the government starts putting our lives before re-election, our bridges might be next in line for falling apart.