Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Big Dig

One of the classic all time stories of government ineptitude and corruption, and now tragedy. More from Reuters on the recent ceiling collapse here. NRO provides nice summary of the miasma of incompetence and complacency- on the part of the bureaucrats in charge.

Something to ponder when we’re busy hearing about how increased taxes for infrastructure spending investment will make us all rich.

Let’s see:

Incompetence: Bad ceiling bolts, known since 1999. Bad design insufficiently protested by engineers and project management.

Cost overruns: only slightly over 250% or so. (original proposal $4 billion, final tag +$14, per the CSM article).

Corruption: Substandard concrete.

I’m not sure what else we could have expected from the mother of all pork barrel projects. At least Reagan knew it when he saw it: "I haven't seen this much lard since I handed out blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair."