Truth to Power

We’re falling apart

Experts warn U.S. is coming apart at the seams

WASHINGTON – A pipeline shuts down in Alaska. Equipment failures disrupt air travel in Los Angeles. Electricity runs short at a spy agency in Maryland.

None of these recent events resulted from a natural disaster or terrorist attack, but they may as well have, some homeland security experts say. They worry that too little attention is paid to how fast the country’s basic operating systems are deteriorating.

…“Infrastructure is always a difficult issue,” Bush acknowledged. “It’s a federal responsibility and a state and local responsibility. And I, frankly, feel like we’ve upheld our responsibility at the federal level with the highway bill.”

But experts say the law is riddled with some 5,000 “earmarks” for projects sought by members of Congress that do nothing to systematically address the problem.</i>

Can’t really say this is a surprise, can we?

And happy anniversary, New Orleans. Glad some of you were able to make it.

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