While the problem is plain to all, the money and the political will to fix it isn’t there….
Pew Center polls in the last year show that 67 percent of those questioned said their state should not cut money for roads and pulbic transit to balance its budget. But only 38 percent want federal spending increased and only 27 percent favor an increase in the gas tax that often pays for it.
At the same time, three-quarters say more spending on roads, bridges, and other public works would help create jobs.
“The American public has turned selfish. They don’t really want to invest in this stuff,” said Robert Atkinson, a technology think tank executive who helped lead one of the federal transportation commissions. “It’s akin to leaving your house to your kids when you die without fixing the roof because you wanted to spend the money instead on Florida vacations.”
Excerpts from the Associated Press article.
On top of this, there is a concern from we environmentalists that our crumbling infrastructure will be in even more jeopardy as the climate changes and weather patterns become more erratic, particularly from increased hurricanes and flooding. Unfortunately, there seems to be a fairly fixed view on the political right that any and all governmental spending is necessarily wasteful, with the exception of spending on the military.