Are Americans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes For Better Bridges?

August 3, 2007 at 1:17 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Taxes | 8 Comments

After the incident in Minnesota, the issue of the aging of our bridges has come to the forefront of political talk. Apparently we have thousands of bridges that are either out of date or structurally unsound. To fix these bridges or replace them will cost millions (and maybe billions) of dollars. So here is a question for you all. Are you willing to pay higher taxes to fix these bridges?

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  1. Funny, I read something on exactly this topic on another blog. Not sure I agree with either position, but here’s the counterpoint:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/08/018104.php

  2. I am, but only under the stipulation that once the bridges are fixed, there’s on-going funding to save up for the eventual replacement. By not saving up a little bit over time for what we knew needed replacement later, we’ve stuck ourselves with large bills (and lots of bond interest) now. Boo for short-sightedness.

  3. onelowerlight,

    I figured that there would be political talk about Minnesota’s tax policies (the governor has continually vetoed Democratic legislation, and so on). I hope my post was clear that I don’t look back at this or that to point fingers at anyone. Reports have come out to say that our bridges across the nation are aging. So my question is fairly general. Are we willing to raise our taxes to pay for upgrading our bridges?

    Or, if not through taxes, how would we upgrade our bridges?

  4. Jesse,

    But that’s like thinking brilliantly and all. 😛

  5. I heard it estimated that it will cost 9.4 billion dollars a year for the next 20 years to fix the 70,000 bridges structurally deficient in this country. Much cheaper than the cost of killing kids in Iraq.

  6. I certainly would, but as the radical already said- it’s cheaper than our actions in Iraq. I’d be much more in favor of re-allocating much of the money wasted there towards infrastructure here. Plus, there is a lot of money spent on highway updates that isn’t absolutely necessary- the allocation is based as much or more on political seniority and skill than on true needs.
    If bridges to nowhere weren’t being built in Alaska, we could spend some of that money fixing bridges that do go somewhere.

    oh, and in regard to Harry Potter’s ending vs that of the Sopranos, I’m not sure if you’ve seen this but I thought it was funny http://slate.com/id/2168397/

  7. Michael,

    Interestingly, we have not increased our taxes in order to pay for the Iraq War. In fact, we’ve put the war on a credit card. It is extra pay, above and beyond our current means.

  8. I am willing, and as amplified in a posting on my website, I think it’s the right thing to do.
    http://tommytalks.squarespace.com/chronological-listing-of-all/2007/8/8/we-need-more-government-and-higher-taxes-to-pay-for-it.html


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