Money can’t buy you love, and it can’t turn a design flaw into a safe bridge. These two truths will endure until the end of time.
Campaign Obama ran into a little trouble this week for insisting that Republican budget cuts would cause our crumbling infrastructure to collapse like that bridge in Minnesota.
(FYI, our “crumbling” status will not be upgraded until Joe Biden gets to ride a trillion dollar coast-to-coast bullet train with his head out the window. At that point we will have won the future.)
President Obama’s basic argument is as follows: Minnesota showed us that if we cut federal transportation funding, more catastrophes will occur.
The problem with his reasoning, as many have pointed out, is that it is based on a false premise. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the I-35W bridge fell into the Mississippi River because of a design flaw, not lack of maintenance or funding.
The bridge was doomed to fall, but it was only a matter of time before a politician used this tragic event to advocate the need for more spending on bridges.
This situation wonderfully depicts the pathology of liberal thinking by revealing a widespread unwillingness to acknowledge the reality of design flaws in government programs and projects. Have you ever heard a liberal argue that we are spending too much on anything except defense?
This mode of thinking makes it extremely difficult to even have a conversation about implementing cuts because reduced funding is always interpreted as reduced quality with the potential for catastrophes.
Aside from conveying the danger of $14 trillion of debt, the key to winning the budget debate is convincing voters that less is often more, that cutting spending does not mean our infrastructure will collapse, and that throwing money at problems will not fix projects that were flawed from the start.
As President Obama always says, it’s time for us all to take a haircut. No amount of combing is going to cover that bald spot.
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