The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Yet Another Bridge Collapse

Jan 31, 2022

Most everyone saw pictures in the news of the bridge that collapsed in Pittsburgh on the same day President Biden was due to appear there. At least 10 people were injured, some cars were damaged, and a city bus was caught on the dangling bridge. It could have been worse, but it happened at 6:45 in the morning and the bus was heading to the suburbs and carried only the driver and two passengers, rather than people heading to work in the city.

This latest bridge collapse brought the conditions of highways and bridges around the country to the public’s attention. The American Society of Civil Engineers says that 42% of the country’s bridges are over half a century old, and 45,000 are "structurally deficient."

Biden used the opportunity to tout his recently passed 1-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. It remains to be seen how many roads and bridges actually get fixed with that money, much of which will be taken in profits for the companies given the contracts to do the work. And who knows how long that will take?

The U.S. government and the wealthy ruling class it represents has had plenty of money to spend for wars around the world and tax breaks for the wealthy but has little for providing safe transportation to its population.