Much has been said about the bridge collapse, but R.J. Eskow says it best (italics mine):
It’s been said before, but let’s say it again: If terrorists had bombed this bridge, or destroyed the levees and flooded New Orleans, life in America would change forever. But since it’s only our own governmental neglect — and conservative greed — nobody seems to give a damn….
Conservatives want “government so small you can drown it in a bathtub.” Or the Mississippi River. Or the Ninth Ward.
Ronald Reagan’s quips about taxes and bureaucracy don’t seem so funny any more, do they?
The next time some conservative complains about “big government,” ask them whose life they’re willing to sacrifice to keep government small. Remember: The problem isn’t one President, or even one party (although the Republicans are clearly the biggest part of the problem.)
As long as there is a political philosophy that hates government — just for being government — these disasters will continue.