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    "The Crumbling of America" can be seen on The History Channel from 5PM to 7PM (edt) today.

    This is a HUGE wakeup call.

    America's infrastructure is collapsing. Tens of thousands of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. A third of the nation's highways are in poor or mediocre shape. Massively leaking water and sewage systems are creating health hazards and contaminating rivers and streams. Weakened and under-maintained levees and dams tower over communities and schools. And the power grid is increasingly maxed out, disrupting millions of lives and putting entire cities in the dark. The Crumbling of America explores these problems using expert interviews, on location shooting and computer generated animation to illustrate the kinds of infrastructure disasters that could be just around the bend.
     
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    we've already heard this story, nearly two years ago when they passed the "unread" "emergency" stimulus funds to take care of the infrastructure and put people to work doing "shovel ready" jobs. we ain't falling for that shit a second time. get over it.
     
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    Any stimulus funds that went for shovel-ready infrastructure were a drop in the bucket. Just watch the fucking documentary, genius. This isn't a political issue.
     
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    The repairs may be desparately needed, but, seriously, the thieves in DC just spent a Trillion dollars to fix things and all they did was bribe their cronies and reward their sycophants.

    How much more graft and corruption needs to go unchecked in this?

    It would be nice if we had honest citizen Senators and Congressmen, but sadly, they are all venemous and corrupt jackels who live to steal and will will sell their daughters, wives and mothers into prostitution for a compaign contribution.

    As long as we need to pass the repair money through the hands of those that just can't seem to function without a payoff, we're screwed.
     
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    bullshit fuctard, that's exactly what it is. a political issue so youse demonRats can piss away another trillion dollars.
     
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    The stimulus money did not go for pay offs (mostly) but it did get used in many state and local budgets to replace falling revenues. Few actual infrastructure projects have been funded.

    My ex worked for Westinghouse back in the '80s, repairing signals on railroad lines. I assume you guys know this is the preferred method of moving toxic waste, like nuclear rods? Those lines are in terrible condition.

    A disaster or two is inevitable if we do not wake the fuck up.

     
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    They had the chance to put it right. It is not the taxpayers fault that they pissed our money away. You can't keep expecting the taxpayer to be a bottomless cash well for corrupt politicians. Next time, perhaps you should vote better and stop putting these bastards in office.
     
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    cutally madeiline, construction projects are the worst kind of cronyism practiced. trace a dollar from DC to the tar being spread on the highway the you'll find at least 30- 50% of it drained off for built in higher costs that are not necessary, for things other than getting the truck the men and the material on the spot and getting it done.
     
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    Trouble is, all pols are bastards, CG. It was possible to placate state and local taxpayers by avoiding making necessary cuts whilst avoiding any criticism for diverting the stimulus funds. No politican could resist such a move.

    I guess we need stimulus money ear-marked for specific projects? But then we'd get the Governor Bobbly-Head Commemorative Bridge To Nowhere. I dunno the answer.
     
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    This type of assumption is inaccurate. Bridges all across the US are monintored for wear-and-tear by county highway departments under the supervision of the highway engineers. and funds are available to make repairs or perform maintenance in a timely manner. The number of bridges in a single county is much greater than the average person would believe. Bridge failures rarely are a result of maintenance failures or lack of repairs. They are usually engineering failures.

    A third of the nations highways being in mediocre (average") condition is not a failure of maintenance, it is a statistical likelihood.

    There is very very little leakage of potable water lines, just not out there.
    Sewerage problems are presently under a system of funding that allows them to be inspected constantly and repairs to be made as problems are discovered, and local authorities apply for and get partial funding for all work. There is presently in effect a system in which cities/towns are banned from adding any new residential development until they attain those standards, which in effect limits their growth and their taxing base with they desperately need. It is a self adjusting system, of sticks and carrots. Our streams are the cleanest they've been since the expansion west.

    "Weakened and under-maintained levees and dams tower over communities and schools" Not likely. Sure corruption occurs like in New Orleans where money for maintenance and improvements of levees are sidetracked by corrupt politicians who pocket the money, or use it to buy their elections, but very very few schools are built in vulnerable valley drainage systems. Why not focus on those? Punish the owners of the dams with ongoing fines, or require they be drained down to safer levels.

    The power grid? why not encourage its development and improvement rather than discouraging it? No electrical utility company wants their capacity to become strained. The worse case is California, and they inhibit the growth of electrical utilities, forcing the import of their electrical power from state further east. It's a political/ governing problem first of all.
     
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