It didn't take more than two days for Harry Reid and all the other BDS sufferers on the Left to blame the collapse of the I-35W bridge on the Bush administration. Doesn't matter to the loons that rescue workers are still looking for bodies or that the tragedy (having only killed 5 people so far) could've been a lot worse or that the city of Minneapolis is run by a second-term liberal mayor. When you can exploit a tragedy and blame Bush for it, you do it as quickly and loudly as possible so people who'll believe anything can run with it. Katrina more than proved that.
One briefing today declared there are 77,000 bridges in the same classification as the 35W. The problem is obviously the inspection process, not the expenditure --an inability to focus on and find those structures close to catastrophic collapse. The bridge was in fact undergoing a $9 million maintenance program, with many workers on the span when disaster struck. Would $9 million have been enough to repair whatever flaw it was that brought the bridge down?
No one can know, but there certainly was enough money allocated to the 35W to at least inspect t it adequately, which clearly was not done. There isn't a whisper of an argument that increased spending would have prevented this tragedy, and those making this argument even before bodies are recovered are acting in a shameful manner to exploit an awful human tragedy.