LaRouche: Deal with the Mississippi Bridge Disaster--Fire Cheney and Get on With the Reconstruction Job
August 3, 2007 (LPAC)--On Aug. 2, within 20 hours of the Mississippi River bridge collapse, Lyndon LaRouche commented on what has led up to this situation--of such a disaster waiting to happen--and the policy response needed. The President will not get by with this; this is going to be all over the nation. The impact is going to be the horror: you know, people are driving across a bridge, dozens of cars go down in the river, and all these people die. An unexpected thing. People are going to be seized and gripped by this.
The point is, LaRouche insisted, Bush must change his policy: Fire Cheney now! At this point, Bush must fire Cheney, because it was Cheney's pressure on extending and broadening the war, which is a big factor in this. The other major factor is the collapse of the automobile industry, which Congress did nothing about. Because if we'd gone ahead with the conversion of the industry as I proposed, LaRouche stressed, we would have had the policy in place and we would have concentrated on engineering programs to address our general infrastructure requirements, including bridges.
We had the needed program, and under pressure, the Democrats in Congress did not push it. And that kind of mistake in judgment kills people!
LaRouche noted that Bush is responding to the bridge collapse with his characteristic callousness. Bush and company are going to say: "No money, no money." You're going to get the same thing you got on Katrina. Bush is now caught again in his Katrina Syndrome, this time at the other end of the Mississippi. Katrina has moved upriver to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
This thing is going to be dumped into the lap of Congress, LaRouche said. And they are about to leave, to go home on August recess. And one of the places they're going home to is the state of Minnesota!
LaRouche's program for emergency rebuilding of infrastructure was presented Jan. 23, 2007, in testimony to the House of Representatives, at a Hearing on the State of the Economy, held by the Ways and Means Committee. Titled, "[a:href="http:\/\/www.larouchepub.com\/other\/govt_docs\/2007\/3405_eir_testimony.html";target=_blank]Establish Federal Capital Budget For Infrastructure[/a]," the testimony, prepared by Paul Gallagher of EIR News Service, includes the "how to" required to accomplish this, outside the false bounds of the "no money" claims of deficits in the operating budget. Draft legislation was appended, titled, "The Economic Recovery Act of 2006," which is what was rejected during that year by a cowardly Congress, who stood by while the U.S. industrial base was dismembered. But now, the principles of the Federal action required, given the 'Katrina effect on the Mississippi' are even more relevant, on an emergency basis.
A bill of this type, which could be expanded to the needed scale, was introduced into the 109th Congress, by Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri), of the Mississippi River Basin. It is H.R. 6181 [109th] 2006, "National Infrastructure Corps Act of 2006."