There are some basic things that most of us can agree on. Such things as safe bridges and roads to travel every day on. Safe airport navigation systems nationwide. Safe imports that we use, eat, drink and play on or around, drive in or build with nationwide.
These things are pretty basic. Oh, don’t let me forget that we all would like to be safe. National security safe whatever that means in our own minds.
So what’s the problem? Our Congressional and White House leadership should be able to come to quick (maybe not easy) bipartisan agreement on these key issues that affect all of our lives. No riders included. What’s riders? Look that up.
Who would have thought that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) budget would ever have an issue. Before I retired a couple of years ago, even I knew that DHS was the go to place for projects because they were overflowing with federal dollars for just about anything.
Basically, federal employees in non-defense related agencies all seemed to understand that the defense-related agencies had the money. We didn’t. If we wanted anything done, we had to talk to/partner with the defense-related agencies if we had any hope of funding the much needed new projects.
Even at one point, it was great to be a transportation-related agency, at least those related to highways, roads and bridges. Now what’g going on? I’m really confused. Are you?
There are a couple of basic principles we all seem to understand that our leadership would take care of no matter what. That’s national security and safe (highway – at least) transportation needs.
My only concern, then and now, is that the transportation budget would cover all transportation. All modes – maritime included. What’s maritime? Think about it. Look it up.
National transportation investment should not cover just surface modes – highway, roads bridges. Lots of stuff come into the U.S. on those really big ships, for example. This shouldn’t be hard either. But that’s just my opinion.
What about that data stuff? You know those numbers that need to be collected to see where the United States stands on safety, environment, national security, trade, business development… I could go on and on. Data collection costs a lot of money to do this right.
Who pays for statistics anyway? Who needs them? We do. How do we know what to stop, fix, invest in if we don’t know whats really happening in our nation and the world?