Earlier this summer, several people died when a heavily trafficked bridge in Minnesota suddenly collapsed in the middle of the afternoon commute. It didn't take long for certain politicians with more outrage than propriety demand that we spend more money on infrastructure, especially bridges.
We were lectured that we didn't really care about the danger and those poor people killed if we didn't immediately support an increase of 5 cents a gallon to the gasoline tax.
Well, as Capt. Ed notes, it didn't take long for the vast majority of U.S. senators to demonstrate exactly how much they care about poorly maintained and deteriorating bridges.
Senator Tom Coburn attempted to stop the pork party, to no avail. He offered an amendment that would have forbidden earmarks on transportation bills until all deficient bridges had been properly updated. That just barely failed -- by a vote of 82 to 14. Eighty-two Senators voted to prioritize pork over infrastructure maintenance.
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So, who are the serious senators, the adults? Twelve Republicans and two Democrats.
For the rest of them, it's business as usual.