Thursday, August 02, 2007

It looks like Senator Patty Murray actually beat congressman Peter DeFazio to the blame game.

Wow, she didn't even make twenty-four hours.
story here.

Oregon Congresman Peter DeFazio says bridge collapse is Bush's fault.

It didn't even take twenty-four hours and there are still dead bodies in the water, and our wonderful Representative is already blaming The President and the Republicans,

It's pretty far into the article. Read it here.

.... At a news conference later, Oberstar and Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the committee's subcommittee on highways and transit, criticized the Bush administration for what they said was inadequate spending on transportation funding.

"Unfortunately, we're saddled with an administration that shorted us on the last highway bill," DeFazio said, adding that more money is needed to deal with things like bridge deficiencies.

Oberstar noted that in 2003, the committee had proposed a six-year, $375 billion transportation bill, but had to settle for about $90 billion less because of opposition from the Bush administration. Oberstar was ranking Democrat on the panel at the time, and Alaska Republican Don Young was chairman.

"This administration failed to support robust investment in surface transportation and the funding to accompany it," Oberstar said.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Thoughts & prayers for the people of Minnesota

I've sat here watching the news coverage of the I35 bridge collapse this evening, after listening to it on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show earlier today, and I'm dumbfounded. the video and still pictures are amazing, and make you really think about the people involved.

It is an odd feeling to feel the shock of the event, the sadness for the loss of life, and at the same time, the inspiration and pride of watching Americans risk their own safety to help others in need of help and rescue.

Let us all say a prayer of thanks for our own well-being and for those who survived the collapse, pray for the the wounded and the families of the dead, and also pray for the community as a whole.

This will have a huge economic impact on the whole region for a very long time.