POLITICAL observations & opinions

* our deteriorating infrastructure … the bill must someday come due … in dollars and in lives

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 19, 2009

CASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question “Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?” … Here’s an excerpt from the CASE CLOSED story; the (fictional) DIA team reviews the connection between the anthrax attack and the subsequent invasion of Iraq …

“After the nationwide panic caused by the anthrax mailings settled down, pretty much nothing happens in the FBI’s anthrax investigation. The next we hear about anthrax is in February 2003, when Secretary of State Abner Grant goes to the United Nations and holds up a vial of something – it wasn’t actually anthrax – claiming that Saddam can deliver biological weapons of mass destruction to the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Of course, we learn later that Saddam had neither WMD nor any way to reach our shores. U.N. arms inspector Blix said something much like that a few days before we invaded Iraq.”

*** click here to buy CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein


our deteriorating infrastructure

… the bill must someday come due

… in dollars and in lives


Cain Burdeau writes for AP (11-19-09)

  • The federal government could be vulnerable to billions of dollars in claims after a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina.
  • U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval on Wednesday awarded seven plaintiffs $720,000, but the government could eventually be forced to pay much more. The ruling should give more than 100,000 other individuals, businesses and government entities a better shot at claiming damages.
  • Duval sided with six residents and one business who argued the Army Corps’ shoddy oversight of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet led to the flooding of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.
  • Duval referred to the corps’ approach to maintaining the channel as “monumental negligence.”

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_on_re_us/us_katrina_flood_lawsuit


Our federal and state governments have built up a huge liability in failing to properly maintain our infrastructure of roads, bridges, dams, etc. Politicians vote for popular (and campaign contribution producing) construction projects but almost never provide the funding for subsequent maintenance.

Eventually, we will pay … in dollars and in lives.

In this case, government is the problem, but the answer is more government rather than less.

We live together in a country and world where we are dependent on government for many things we cannot do for ourselves. Unfortunately, we too often elect politicians based on factors that have nothing to do with competence, which many voters apparently find boring.



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