Common Sense

Cavuto: No good disaster is ever wasted by the government

What happened to money already spent on infrastructure?


If in doubt, spend.

If something's broke, spend more.

If there's one thing I've learned covering the government, it's that no good disaster is ever wasted by the government.

So a bridge falls down in Washington state and immediately liberals bemoan our infrastructure's sorry state.

Say if this isn't a wake-up call to fix our roads and bridges, nothing is.

Then I come along with a simple question, and to them, apparently a callous question.

What happened to the trillions we've already committed to fixing our roads and bridges? Why aren't they fixed? Where the heck did that money go?

Then come the predictable emails.

This from Sam in Seattle:

"Bridges are falling, and you're still denying?"

Or Al via AOL:

"Cavuto, what part of ‘our infrastructure is melting' can't you get through that ridiculously thick skull of yours?"

Or Carla via Yahoo!:

"I so hope the next bridge collapses just as you're driving over it...I'd call it justifiable homicide, you clueless, corpulent, right-wing freak."

Hey, who you calling clueless?

First off, I'm not denying things need repairing.

But I want to make sure whatever money we're setting aside goes to repairing.

Because for the life of me, I can't fathom what we've done with the 47 billion bucks in gasoline taxes alone for just this purpose, just last year.

Or the hundreds of billions more in highway tolls, and bridge tolls, and turnpike tolls, and state transportation taxes, and infrastructure taxes, and federal taxes, and additional gasoline taxes.

For all the money we've spent...

You'd think all our roads and bridges would be paved in gold. They're not.

Or the trillions spent fighting a war on poverty, and poverty's still winning.

What happened?

Where did the trillions committed to fix things end up leaving us with nothing?

What happened to all the money we put in that toolbox?

Who took the lock?

Who took the toolbox?

Was there ever a toolbox?

I think it's human nature to want to spend money after we see a disaster.

But I also think it's government's nature to find other ways to spend that money after that disaster.

Somehow the money we thought was going to fix the bridge that had fallen down somewhere ends up going to build a bridge to nowhere.

And that's if we were lucky enough to see it go to a bridge, at all.

Because it's not a lack of funding that's killing our roads and bridges.

It's a lack of policing the funding that's supposed to be going to our roads and bridges.

So before some politician demands we fix our infrastructure with billions more in taxes--ask him this question--

What happened to the billions we already gave you?

Because I'm not saying it's stupid to fix things.

I am saying it's stupid to keep spending more money and assume we're fixing anything.

But if you think it's perfectly fine throwing good money after bad, then I've got a bridge I want to sell you, that nobody needs.