Say THAT 10 times fast!
O.K. -- I have 2 stories here, maybe related, maybe not -- Help me decide if they are. I just read this story over at crooksandliars (via rawstory)
Experts warn U.S. is coming apart at the seams
"The American Society of Civil Engineers last year graded the nation "D" for its overall infrastructure conditions, estimating that it would take $1.6 trillion over five years to fix the problem."
"I thought [Hurricane] Katrina was a hell of a wake-up call, but people are missing the alarm," said Casey Dinges, the society's managing director of external affairs."
President Bush, asked about the problem during a public question-and-answer session in an April visit to Irvine, Calif., cited last year's enactment of a comprehensive law reauthorizing highway, transit and road-safety programs.
"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."
"In 2005, the Bush administration passed through Congress a $286.4 billion transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users. The purpose of the legislation was supposedly to provide funding for federal highways and transit programs."
So -- Now it's up to the state and local folks to take their responsibility. In essence -- here's the money, now you go fix it, right? So, on the state level, I guess the governor would apply for the funds needed for INFRASTRUCTURE in their respective state. Then, I suppose you would hire someone (in the private sector) to fix it.
What do you think about this accusation from a whistleblower regarding the way a certain governor is updating their state's INFRASTRUCTURE?
A $491 million public-financing deal promoted by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a boon to commuters actually paves the way for shipping more cheap goods from China to the North American marketplace, charges a whistleblower.
Sounds NAFTAish to me, doesn't it?
You know my interest in trying to figure out if NAFTA is a good thing or a bad thing. Well, I'm beginning to think it might be one of the biggest scams going!
An Ex-CSX Transportation employee is the whistleblower here.
"CSXT is positioned to receive millions in the deal. The deal in Florida amounts to providing CSXT with a public subsidy. Money from the public purse will position the railroad company as a major freight carrier throughout Florida, transporting cargo containers filled with cheap goods coming into the NAFTA marketplace from China."
This wistleblower believes this bill was being used to provide a public subsidy for upgrading freight railroads such as CSXT on taxpayer dollars.
"What the federal government plans to do is to buy up unused and aging rail lines all across the country and to use taxpayer dollars to pay for upgrading the infrastructure. What is left unsaid is that the railroad freight companies CSX will get priority over mass transit for the use of the new rail lines."
...and he also claims that "CSXT plans to over-charge the government for upgrading and maintaining rail lines".
What's your take on this? I have a feeling we are going to be bombarded (distracted) with the word INFRASTRUCTURE for a long time to come.....
Oh, BTW --
"Even today, Nelson's allegations remain emotionally charged. His allegations concerning CSXT overcharges involve the management of CSXT while John Snow, former U.S. secretary of treasury, was still the CEO of CSXT. Nelson maintained to WND that John Snow was nominated and sworn-in as secretary of the treasury "while he was still under investigation for the allegations I have been making ever since 1993 of what I believe are CSXT overcharges and fraud continuing even today."
I FORGOT SOMETHING
If anyone is still following me (cause I'm having a hard time following me) I need some help with Executive Order 12803 It has to do with Privatization and INFRASTRUCTURE
AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE IT TO THE OUTERLIMITS --
Check out This article
Timeline to Global Governance: Guess who will rule the One World Government?
"And just in case you have any doubts about the validity of Executive Order 12803, consider the following:
Strapped States Try New Route, Lease Toll Roads to Foreign Firms
FEDS PAVE THE WAY TO TOLL AND PRIVATIZE THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS AS PART OF AMERICAN UNION
The list goes on - but the important thing to know is that the real agenda, in every case is hidden beneath the surface. It's only obvious once you start looking for it."