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  •  I agree about this: (10+ / 0-)
    Do we need infrastructure? And if we have to repair stuff, now it's not new economic productivity, it's just a recurring cost and there's no net gain.
    but we DO have to upgrade all of our infrastructure whether there's a net gain or not, because the failure to do so will eventually cause a BIG net loss.

    Think about the human and economic chaos if the Northeast power grid goes out for a week or more.

    Think about the human and economic chaos if more bridges fail, more levees fail, dams fail, etc.

    Think about the human and economic chaos if the water supply is compromised in any large urban area due to postponed modernization.

    Sometimes you just have to make those investments because it's the right thing to do.

    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:41:04 PM PST

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    •  There's a semi-important regional highway (4+ / 0-)

      in northern Tennessee that is currently shut to truck traffic over 6 wheels because of a lack of bridge maintenance and a number of errors during construction of a replacement. (In addition, most people who have been following the story will not set foot nor wheel on that bridge.)

      Thanks to this, it's an hour trip out of the way west or east before the next crossing of the river that trucks can get over.

      There is no estimated time when the crossing will ever be open to trucks again.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:42:15 PM PST

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