This past Sunday, people died in Japan when a highway tunnel collapsed:     The highway department was short of money, and had kinda sorta maintained, repaired, and inspected the tunnel. Unfortunately,  the people who were killed are not kinda sorta dead. They are just plain dead.

Not long ago, a railroad bridge in New Jersey collapsed, and toxic chemicals spewed into a creek and beyond. The bridge is old, and had been kinda sorta patched up after the last time it collapsed in 2009 :   Unfortunately, the people living a few yards from the bridge, the companies who depend on getting their goods to market, and the animals and plants in the stream aren’t kinda sorta messed up: they have been well and truly screwed.

All around the world, governments are putting our safety, health, and indeed our very lives at risk by neglecting our infrastructure. Yes, yes, money’s tight; but they seem to have no difficulty coming up with megabucks for their bagmen, contributors, family members, or themselves. They just ignore the unglamorous things that don’t feed their egos and bank accounts, and hope that somebody else will deal with them.

News Flash, a**holes: it’s government’s f***ing job to take care of government’s responsibilities. How many people have to die; how many jobs must be destroyed; how much of our world has to be trashed before we, the citizens of planet Earth hold our “representatives” accountable for their greed, arrogance, and criminal negligence?

Do us all a favor and pass this message along to them: it is their job to take care of their jobs. And no one else will do it. And until they do it, people are going to keep on dying.

And the needless, wasted, tragic blood of those innocents will forever stain the hands of governments.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky