I don’t need to tell you that ASCE has been working hard to persuade lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels of the urgency to invest in overhauling the nation’s aging infrastructure. I have had cialis soft tavs the opportunity to take the case to Capitol Hill on behalf of ASCE, giving testimony before Congressional committees several times in the past few years. So it was gratifying to read a call to action Wednesday by the highly regarded government consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
I especially liked a comment in Booz Allen’s press release from Executive Vice President Mark Gerencser. Regarding the effect our polarized politics has had, Gerencser said “A lack of harmony in the political process is limiting our ability to accomplish the big things that are required to rebuild America’s infrastructure.”
In the context of the State of the Union address President Obama is set to deliver Tuesday, January 24th (remember his emphasis on infrastructure in last year’s address?), the release also outlines eight essentials that they say must be part of any discussion on revitalizing our infrastructure. And they are not all about throwing money at the problem; indeed one states “We cannot afford to buy our way out.” Another calls for regional, holistic approaches that encourage the creation of new ways for states and municipalities to work together on beneficial projects that straddle borders. I could see ASCE’s Five Key Solutions to raise the 2009 Report Card grades within their eight essentials.
I encourage you to read Booz Allen’s eight essentials, and share what you think of them in the comments below. Which do you agree with? Which do you take issue with?