Sunday, September 23, 2012

What Does Our Infrastructure Say About Us?

Infrastructure is much more then just roads and bridges and we used to be one of the best at developing the advancing needs. Those investments started saving money, public and private capital, as soon as completed and if maintained properly would continue saving especially as they are for everyone so those savings would be from the public coffers. Letting that maintenance continue being pushed down the road, so to speak, adds huge sums of capital to the costs of repairing especially should they fail. A well maintained infrastructure equally helps the business communities and those entrepreneurs with new idea's or expanding on the already with growth or continued growth and needs.

I ran into a couple of articles about infrastructure, and the corporate speak of where the coming profits are on these many issues of infrastructure, that then led me to one with a laundry list of the problems of same here in the U.S., the once innovative and thus envied by many Country. The innovation and developing of our societies infrastructure needs led to developing innovative businesses and manufacturing second to none, here. Also leading to a highly innovative trades workforce that adapted quickly to the advances made by other innovative businesses, trades and related professionals. Just like same, us old folk, rather quickly starting picking up how to use these advancing technologies, computers etc., in our homes and at work that the young started growing up with.

21 Facts That Show America’s Infrastructure Needs Major Help
September 20th, 2012 - You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic than they were ever designed to carry. Approximately a third of all of the dam failures that have taken place in the United States since 1874 have happened during the past decade.

The cheery news above continues along with the laundry list: The following are 21 facts about America’s failing infrastructure that will blow your mind...

So what's the talk here about.

Well if congress and the state and local representatives, supposedly ours and businesses representatives, continue the decades long neglect of our infrastructure, one of many issues our public finances should be going to before the much higher costs hit with failures within many do daily costing not only more to patch but lost time and money for those inconvenienced by the failures, that once built a thriving growing economy that was envied by many who now are growing very rapidly, the only step left is to sell what businesses products and services we have left that supply those needs to them or invest in what they, not us, are doing. The reagan capitalist cons certainly aren't going to follow their ideology and invest in infrastructure unless they can get a hefty fee for using. And especially as the wages and benefits here for the workers building the machinery etc. are now not stagnant but falling and as some companies do outsourcing from state to lower wage states within for bigger bottom lines for investors and not the innovative labors!!

How do we do that, well we start hyping what others are doing, that we once did, and sell that hype to the businesses left but especially to the investor.

US eyes infrastructure spending in India, emerging economies
September 21st 2012 - With India and other emerging economies set to spends trillions of dollars to build infrastructure, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hoping that they would chose America as their partner.

"The world has never seen so many people ascend economically so quickly," she told a high-level gathering here Thursday bringing together executives from nearly 90 US companies as well as senior government officials from India, Indonesia, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates.

"From Asia to South America, people are moving from rural areas into urban areas, earning more money, buying more cars, more televisions, more refrigerators, surfing the Web (and) joining the middle class," Clinton said at the Global Infrastructure Conference here.

While this upward mobility is "great news" for the international community, it requires global leaders to respond to growing demands on infrastructure and natural resources, she said noting to build this infrastructure global construction spending was expected to grow from roughly $6 trillion a year today to nearly $9 trillion a year by 2020. read more>>>

And keep the rosy hype going.

Get Your Piece of This Global Profit Bonanza!
September 20, 2012 - For weeks, I’ve been making the case that infrastructure is going to be the next big gold rush — one potentially worth TRILLIONS of dollars over a decade or more.

But the rest of the world isn’t waiting.

Money is already pouring into infrastructure projects around the globe, and this is shaping up quickly to become a prospective profit bonanza for investors.

You’ve probably heard that China’s central government is undertaking a massive $158 billion building program. This is on top of various local projects. It is already boosting China’s iron ore imports and driving up bulk shipping rates.

But China’s spending plans are just the tip of the iceberg for global infrastructure investing. Some other examples of where big money is being put to more>>>

Thing is those that once envied now have our once innovative trades and the years of experience and innovations that have trained the younger workers, and the manufacturing facilities, trades needed for infrastructure, more then roads and bridges, development, maintenance and manufacturing!!

This is a cut from the link just above as to just one U.S. corporation:

The US company, which has 18 plants in China and nine under construction, has suffered from overcapacity and has started temporarily exporting machinery made there to the Middle East and Africa, but expects its bet on the long-term China growth story to work out.

How many think that much if any manufacturing for this well known corporation will take place here, if any it will be the small manufacturing of parts, but I doubt that as well.

Many here still remember the growth we accomplished and what we should have continued doing to maintain same and the many problems that occur if not.

Now with these last almost four years and the elections coming why is it the one with the tallest soapbox seems to get what this country was once growing economically and more. After all he grew up in the years of shipping jobs and thus those experienced innovative trades out of the country and to those others, from his very young years with many other thoughts into his teen and later years with that growing understanding of what we had already lost and are loosing. Not only the reality of maintaining a strong infrastructure which saves capital but also the innovative way we used to develop industries and one we started developing, some forty years back, he was just a kid, only to get the brakes slammed on, alternative clean energy sources

And the one he's running against, to be hired to replace him, along with the elderly representatives of the people, snicker, don't get it. Especially as they grew up in and into with at least a decade or two growing with.

I already know why, simply put it's called in our language 'capitalism', once thought of as sharing in the labors success from the bottom up, or the newly developed 'reagan capitalism' con, push the wealth to the top and it will trickle down to grow the economy for all so no need for public investment or a much smaller need for. We've been living with that failed completely con and it did exactly what it was forecast it would when it was talked about and then implemented! Not just here but in the economically developed countries that followed same.

Lets see, didn't the tepublicans run on 'jobs' 'jobs' 'jobs' and take over more control of the Congress and even were given states and total control of, Then frankly are doing issues either non-existent or frivolous, voter fraud etc., as well as attacking labor private and public, thus wasting valuable time and huge amounts of money in these times, everything but Jobs Legislation. Why those running in this election, for president on down, are doing so once again, the 'jobs' 'jobs' 'jobs' meme's while blocking jobs legislation, federal and many states, for those they represent and even for the veterans of the two wars they rubber stamped and fully supported. And those who will vote for them actually seem to think that it'll work better for them, this time!!

Must think that if they have another war or two everyone here will once again prosper, that worked oh so well the last time they controlled everything in DC now didn't it, as the economy, especially in construction and manufacturing had already started collapsing well before the housing mortgage bubble burst!

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