November 28th, 2007
10:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Question #1193: What will you do to fix America's infrastructure?

Hank Campbell from Lake Worth, Florida

(CNN) - Hank Campbell from Lake Worth, Florida asks: It's been estimated that to fix the bridges, the tunnels, the power grids, the water-delivery systems in this country will be in excess of $2 trillion. That's T for trillion, and it is plural. Who among the candidates here is willing to step forward and begin to articulate the very difficult sacrifices which we need to make in order to start repairing America?

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  1. aj huntington ny

    They probably only added this old guy to show that old people can use technology, but in reality it was probably a neice or nephew showing him how do it.

    November 28, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. dn, eagan, mn

    what is this talk of sacrifices? you fix the infrastructure as it has been done since day 1. you use municipal bond issues. there was once a time when people issued these bonds for building roads, schools, etc., and with that bond, the community had a stake in the item at hand. now it seems more convenient to go to the federal government, hat in hand, for funding. it is the responsibility of towns and cities to handle the local issues, the counties, the states, then for the real, nationwide issues, the federal government.

    November 28, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Randy, Paducah KY

    Ron Paul was right on with this issue!
    As tax payers we pay to blow up bridges, and then pay to rebuild them! Why is all my tax money going overseas to support an occupation?

    November 28, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. Amy Miller, Okemos, Michigan

    "Our steel plants are closing down, so we pursue protectionism and stupidly continue to subsidize the building of steel plants throughout the world through our foreign-aid projects. We pay for bridges and harbors throughout the world and neglect our own. if we feel compulsion to spend and waste money, it would make more sense at least to waste it at home. We build highways around the world, raise gasoline taxes here, and routinely dodge potholes on our own highways." Ron Paul, September 19, 1984!!! Ron Paul had it figured out a long time ago!!!

    November 28, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. Bruce Barnes, Conroe, Texas

    By using general funds for building the interstate highway system, drinking and wastewater treatment, and education, America was transformed into the most prosperous nation on earth with the highest level of living standards. Using general funds was equitable and good for the entire country. Since that time, republicans have had a goal of no taxes, a switch to user taxes, deregulation, and privatization. America has been on a downward slope ever since.

    Infrastructures, in general, are those large-scale public works projects that benefit the greater community. The crossroads is whether to pay for such projects using tax dollars, or to pay for those projects through user fees or tolls.
    Already, the federal government has moved away from using tax dollars to fund wastewater treatment systems for cities and counties, after spending heavily through grants for such projects in the late 1960s and 1970s. Cities and counties now pay for such improvements through increased user fees. In many cities, calls by politicians to boost gasoline taxes have largely been rejected by voters, in part because voters haven't had a great deal of trust that the money collected from the gas taxes will actually be spent on improving local highways. So, taxes or tolls? It seems this is the central question that will determine the future of America's infrastructure assets. User fees or tolls are another way for the wealthy and businesses to avoid paying taxes.

    November 28, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. C. May, Frederick, MD

    Here's the link to the superhighway from Canada to Mexico Congressman Paul mentioned = "Super Corridor" will pave over the heart of America.

    November 28, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. Jessica, Cincinnati Ohio

    This was a great question, I'm surprised that noone really flew with it (except for Ron Paul). We're spending so much to rebuild elsewhere, but where it counts...well, not so much. Ron Paul's answer was a bit, well, swaying. (as a life-long democrat I can't believe I just said that!)

    November 28, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. Paul, Reno, NV

    This was possibly the best question of the lot. America infrastructure is crumbling. And what are we doing Bridges colapse in Mn and Streets explode in NY city and we do nothing. LA's Freeways are crumbling and are so bumpy You think it's a Mexican Highway. It is time to look at the facts and not the slogans and crap the media rams down our throats.

    November 29, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. Joe Mahma

    What a dumb question.

    November 29, 2007 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  10. ruth rosen, north brunswick,nj

    It is nice to see you on TV, as bright as ever.
    great question, not a great answer.

    November 29, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Sonja San Francisco CA

    Make it law that Govenors can't spend the monies alotted for infrastructure on pet projects. Simple as that. Money's going to the states for roads, bridges, but the Govenors spend it on their own things.

    December 1, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |