The Dems are at it already. In this Politico article Sen. Harry Reid blames the Minneapolis bridge collapse on Bush's neglect of the nation's infrastructure due to the war in Iraq. Is there anything Bush isn't responsible for?
And no doubt the Dems will soon be calling for higher taxes to fix the nation's infrastructure "crisis". Perhaps they'll even throw in a good old fashioned "let's do it for the children" to boot!
I called for higher taxes on gas way back in April in which I advocated a higher tax to fund, among other things, taking care of our nation's infrastructure. Since ALL Americans benefit from bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, etc. a gas tax is the fairest way to ensure we ALL pay. And a gas tax is inherently fair because it's a consumption tax. If you don't want to pay it, don't drive! Or at least not to excess.
I'm sure also that the enviro-whackos will be blaming the bridge collapse on SUVs by the end of Aug claiming that their higher weight and the large number of Americans "abusing" our roads and bridges with SUVs has finally resulted in a catastrophe.
Now is the time for a higher gas tax. Do our politicians have the courage to make the case to the public that we are all in this together. We all benefit, we should all pay.