CBS News’ 60 Minutes Report on Poor U.S. Infrastructure
Editor: While the U.S. Congress just approved a defense “policy” of over $600 billion, that same Congress did not think to use some of that money to cover our aging infrastructure, $7 billion in Pennsylvania alone. Of course, this report wants to point the viewer to believe that raising the gas tax for the first time in 20 years would solve the problem, but that’s nonsense; why not just stop initiating senseless wars all over the planet on behalf of mystery beneficiaries?
“It’s not a very sexy subject,” Steve Kroft says about his 60 Minutes story on the U.S.’s crumbling infrastructure. “[But] it’s a little like replacing the roof on your house…if you don’t do it, it’s just going to get more expensive every year and eventually end in disaster.”While reporting this week’s story, Kroft and civil engineer Andy Herrmann flew over Pittsburgh to get a bird’s eye view of some of the four thousand bridges in the metropolitan area. What he saw was alarming, to say the least. Hear Kroft’s discussion about the story with 60 Minutes Overtime’s Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson in the video player above.Unsexy though the story may be, 60 Minutes has followed the sorry state of our infrastructure for decades. In 1989, Harry Reasoner reported on the neglect of New York City infrastructure, which resulted in chunks of the West Side Highway giving way beneath the tires of commuters’ cars.