You can only kick the can so far

Hilario Gomez, Reporter

With the media swirling over President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure bill, the problem of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure has received the attention it finally deserves.  The 1.2 trillion dollar bill aims to attack the issues of roads, highways, and core infrastructure that have been neglected for so long. This bi-partisan bill marks one of President Biden’s biggest wins to date but has received quite a bit of backlash from the Republican party. The 13 Republican lawmakers who broke their party have been harassed to the point where they are receiving anger and threats from colleagues and the public. The divisiveness of American politics has blinded people from the real issues happening in the country. With the economy on the downturn, the best option to stimulate it is to fix the failing infrastructure. As stated by Daniel Slane the head of former President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans “Our economy for the last ten years has been stagnating. There are only two ways to grow your economy, increase employment or increase productivity. Infrastructure does both.” As we know it the United States infrastructure is built to fail. That might be a little exaggerated but in the state, it sits at now the infrastructure can only stand strong for so much longer. There are huge problems in every section of the US infrastructure. According to the American Society of Engineers, there is a water main break every two minutes and an estimated 6 billion gallons of treated water lost each day in the U.S., enough to fill over 9,000 swimming pools. The American Society of Civil Engineers ranked the United States as a whole a C- or lower in 16 categories such as roads, bridges, and drinking water. These problems not only have an effect on the economy but on the health of U.S citizens. Time and time again bills such as these are denied for the propaganda issued by media outlets scaring the public into thinking that the taxes of the new bills will directly affect their own taxes when in fact they have minimal impact on the majority. The need for wide-sweeping change to the country’s infrastructure is needed now. In fact, it was needed twenty years ago. It was needed before I was born. Yet decisions were made in the past to bandage and kick these problems down the road which has left us presently in a bind. Power grids built 40-50 years ago are not built to handle the output of modern society. Places such as Flint Michigan and other unincorporated areas still don’t have clean water. National outcry can only do so much. Bills have to go through, money has to be allocated, and the problems need to be fixed.