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When Is A 92% Still A Failing Grade? When It’s A Bridge, Stupid.

May 30, 2013

Some would call that a successToday in idiotic state-level elected officials, we turn our attention to one Representative “Angry Ed” Orcutt (R-Natch) of Kalama, WA. Rep. Orcutt is the ranking Republican on the Washington state house transportation committee. He is the same Washington pol who previously asserted that bicycles pollute worse than cars. (Yes, he’s very good at the “science” thingy.) This week, he’s very concerned about all the people who want to (wrongly) use the collapse of an I-5 bridge over the Skagit River to call for more transportation and infrastructure spending.

Many sharing Orcutt’s views point to the fact that the bridge collapsed after being struck by a truck carrying an over-height load. (As if we should just accept major interstate highway bridges crumbling due to traffic accidents. It’s not like we’re talking about a tanker truck striking the bridge and exploding in a ball of flame, although I would like to think we build bridges to withstand even that.) But Rep. Orcutt goes even further, arguing that it’s not even like the entire bridge fell down! In an email, Orcutt wrote:

[I]t is clear that the reason for the collapse was due to a collision with the super structure of the bridge — not a lack of structural integrity of the bridge. The bridge would indeed be standing today had the truck’s load NOT rammed the super structure of the bridge. In fact, 11 of the 12 sections of the bridge are still standing. [The Stranger]

(Yes, he’s very good at the “logic” thingy.)  So just quit the bellyaching about transportation funding — that bridge was fine. It was just a freak accident and nothing we should concern ourselves about elsewhere. But, as The Stranger points out, “The problem is, 92 percent of a bridge isn’t a bridge. And as a result, an I-5 corridor missing just 8 percent of one span is no longer a corridor.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2013 5:39 pm

    Reblogged this on ringingtruenet and commented:

  2. May 30, 2013 5:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    Twisty right wing logic will end in more twisty piles of wrecked bridge. But whatever.

  3. May 30, 2013 12:07 pm

    Isn’t it funny how the logic of debate has shifted so far towards lunacy we can sometimes miss it? The crazy has been made almost normal. But you didn’t miss it. The point that the bridge only crumbled after an accident is sheer idiocy. “Oh, it was an accident? Well then I guess it’s totally okay. I don’t mind my car being tossed in the water and the trimming of my entire branch on the family tree if it’s for a good reason like that.”

    Breathtaking! Thankfully your critical thinking skills were there to bridge the gap. (Lame pun attempt.)

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