We all know this is a huge deal. We also know that it won’t be cheap. But it’s better to tackle this great undertaking now, rather than wait until our roads, bridges, electrical grids, sewers, and water pumping stations have crumbled into nothing around our heads, 20 years from now.
It’s both easier and cheaper to fix a damaged system, that we at least have a little time to fix properly, than find ourselves in desperate circumstances when the systems we rely on totally fail, and we have no choice but to throw up some temporary slap-shod solution that will itself have to be replaced soon after.
The current situation in Puerto Rico should serve as ample evidence for why we need to act now, across the rest of the country.
The reality of the situation is: we need to address this within the next couple of years. The longer we wait, the more expensive it will become.
Something to note, here: it is critical that we implement national infrastructure repair at the right time. Because we’re talking about a massive influx of government expenditures – in layman’s terms, we’ll be injecting a whole lot of money into the economy, in a short period of time. If we do this when the economy is already in danger of over-heating (such as right now) then most of the positive effects of job creation will be lost, and we run the risk of red-lining the economy, when it doesn’t need it. That being said – it’s been about 8 years since our last economic slump, and we’re due for a minor recession in the next year or two. That’d be the perfect time to start rebuilding – for maximized efficiency.
Once we actually get into the act of infrastructure repair, when necessary, any utility hardware deemed in such dire need of repair as to warrant being publicly condemned might require the purchase of private land/utilities through the use of Imminent Domain. If it comes down to that, then we need to be ready to pull the trigger. But that should be used only after the private entity that owns it refuses the request to make the repairs themselves. The ownership of private property must be strictly observed – but not to the extent that the public has to suffer over it. If they do choose to make their own repairs, a tax credit shall be issued to them, to help compensate them for their repair costs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will, in equal partnership with local governments, be responsible for planning and management; and any labor gaps will be filled in via private businesses, with strong preference given to contracting local companies, so that small businesses in the area will flourish as a result.