By: Michael M. Shapiro

The recent collapse of an interstate bridge in Minnesota that sent a number of people to their deaths is a chilling reminder of the financial starvation of our nation’s needs here at home, needs that were tragically and poignantly showcased during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, we squander hundreds of millions of dollars on domestic bureaucratic programs, such as No Child Left Behind and the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, that fail to adequately meet the needs of our citizens. We also export billions overseas to fight in a war that was initiated because of the threat of weapons of mass destruction that never existed and to fight terrorism that has since exponentially increased. In the meanwhile, political posturing rules the day at the White House and in Congress. Where are our priorities? Who is minding the store?

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