Bush Tax Cuts at Work: Roads, Waterways, and Skies are a Mess

Chalk up another failure for the Bush tax cuts. The head of UPS today is warning that America’s neglected infrastructure is hobbling us in the global marketplace.

“What’s shocking, quite frankly, is the inability of our transportation infrastructure to keep up with the normal day-to-day stresses imposed upon it,” said UPS CEO Mike Eskew

Describing the nation’s roads, ports, railroads and airports as the backbone of global trade, UPS’s chief executive officer today warned that America was taking a chance with its future by neglecting its infrastructure.

“What’s shocking, quite frankly, is the inability of our transportation infrastructure to keep up with the normal day-to-day stresses imposed upon it,” said UPS CEO Mike Eskew. “Our highways, waterways, railroads and aviation networks are simply not keeping up with ordinary demands.

After Hurricane Katrina even emergency supplies languished in ports and parking lots. Eskew said you don’t have to wait for a storm or earthquake or terrorist attack to see the problems. You also don’t have to be a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, but they have issued a scathing analysis of our transport system.

“In 2005, here’s what our infrastructure report card looked like: our aviation system got a D+; navigable waterways a D-; roads a D, and rails a C-.”

“What does the overall report card on our national transportation infrastructure look like? Well, let’s put it this way: if your kids brought home report cards like this, someone would be grounded.”

Eskew was especially critical of railroads. As those of us who live near its Jacksonville headquarters are well aware, Bush Treasury Secretary John Snow was head of CSX before his crony status qualified him for a seat at the Bush cabinet table. CSX is a leader in the rail industry at avoiding liability and sticking it to the taxpayers every time its worn-out tracks cause an Amtrak derailment.

Eskew [added] one private business sector that particularly needs to step up is the rail sector. The nation’s railroads are “under-investing” in advanced technologies available today that could improve the capacity and safety of their networks, he asserted.

The problem is not insurmountable, he added, but it’s time “to sound the alarm.”

4 Comments

  • richard venson
    March 31, 2006 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    why do we let the bush lying machine get away with the creating and tearing down straw men in their comments responding to valid question about their actions? In otherwords when they are asked a question they rephase the question to foolish question then they proceed to tear the question they changed the real question to the foolish one, they tear it apart.When will we stop them from doing this Karl Rove tactict

  • nobojo
    March 31, 2006 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    if it don’t help HALIBURTION or create more tax cuts for corporate welfare -forget-it

  • March 31, 2006 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Infrastructure for the most part isn’t a federal issue. It’s a state/local issue.

    In CA, Arnold tried to get an infrastructure bond on the ballot, but Fabian and the Dems shot him down.

  • evileye
    April 1, 2006 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Muckdog is kinda right and state/local govt’s do the bulk of the work when it comes to infrastructure creation and maintenance. However, they have been unable to keep ahead (or even) with demand for some time now and the tax cuts have further decreased the money that these goverments get and rely on from the feds.

    This is what the anti-tax clowns like Grover Norquist wanted (cutting tax/revenue flow to shrink government), but I don’t think they thought this far ahead to anticipate ALL of the consequences while trying to save his ill-gotten money.

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