Dams, bridges, roads, power grid, rail, waterways. Since 2000, every system in America has fallen into disrepair. You have the dam breaking in Hawaii and the packed bridge falling during rush hour in Minnesota. Power outages. 70,000 unsafe bridges nationwide. It's only a matter of time. My advice don't live downstream from a dam. Republicans say, "So what? It's not our job to rebuild America". I say they are wrong and it's the right thing to do. Editorial: State dam inspections fall far behind acceptable pace TCEQ has only seven inspectors to keep track of 7,603 dams. The Victoria Advocate - Google News Archive Search Dam inspections in Texas Old U.S. dams become a multibillion-dollar threat | Homeland Security News Wire The average age of Americas 80,000 dams is 51 years. More than 2,000 dams near population centers are in need of repair, according to statistics released this month by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. There was little state or Federal regulation, particularly of the little dams in small watersheds, until the 1970s, when five major dam failures took hundreds of lives and caused almost $1.5 billion in damage. The Carter administration began to put safeguards in place, but the inspections continue to be carried out at the state level. The number of high-hazard dams has increased from less than 9,000 in 2001 to more than 10,000 now http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31556.pdf Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, President Bush signed new Executive Orders relating to critical infrastructure protection. --------The problem here is that Bush only wanted to protect, not maintain or rebuild.