A True Test of Bipartisanship?

You probably know that I am particularly concerned about the state of the U.S. transportation system.  Most of us take for granted that our local roads, bridges, highways will remain in reasonably good shape for our use day-to-day.

I believe people think that their state and local governments can and should pay for a well maintained system of roads and bridges with public transportation options and even build new stuff to ease traffic problems.  All this, without raising their taxes?  Some states have had to raise taxes anyway due to problems with the Highway Trust Fund.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/07/06/transportation-trumps-no-taxes-in-many-states

I don’t believe people in this country understand the cost of just maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system.  We just complain about it.

Still others think that the federal government does not need to be involved in anything in their lives, period.  If the federal government is not needed (other than the military and national security), then there is no need to fund it, at all.

This is rather extreme.  But the voices of the extreme have gotten louder and more powerful in recent years.

Now comes the deadline.  Federal funding of the Highway Trust fund stops at the end of July unless Congress does something to keep it going.  If you don’t know what the Highway Trust Fund is, check out these sites:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/aap/primer98.pdf

http://www.transportation.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker

This directly impacts our lives.  People in both public and private sector could go home again if nothing is done in time.

This country needs something done about our transportation funding, but it needs to be real and long term.  Our Congress hasn’t shown the heart for digging in and handling the tough stuff; making real decisions for this country today and for our future.

We need our Congress to handle the tough stuff.  The Highway Trust Fund is just one example.

http://www.aashtojournal.org/Pages/070315congress.aspx

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/highway-funding-presents-new-test-of-bipartisanship-20150705-00022

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About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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