Item #1: Build new 35W River Bridge. Well, the job is underway, and supposedly under a year from completion.
Item #2: Absorb the NTSB report, which reportedly blames design flaws in the collapse of the 35W River Bridge last August. That’s “Design Flaws” – insufficiently-strong gusset plates. Which were part of the original bridge construction, forty-odd years ago. Back when there was, apparently, no shortage of tax money.
Item #3: Await apology from Nick Coleman: After all, before they’d even found all the submerged cars, the Non-Monkey had blamed Pawlenty, the GOP and the Taxpayers’ League, and the “failure” to raise the Gas Tax, for the disaster, all but accusing them of complicity in murder.
Item #4: Await same from Alice Hausman: The famous truck was still engulfed in flames when Alice “The Phantom” Hausman, Tic from Saint Paul, Chairbeing of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and subject of an unseemly Lori Sturdevant girl crush, went on WCCO Radio and blamed the disaster on taxes.
Item #5: Await More Of Same From Elwyn Tinklenberg: Elwin “E-Tink” Tinklenburg, Transportation Commissioner for
DFL-Lite “Independence” Party governor Jesse “The Stealth Tic” Ventura, and perennial Tic candidate for higher office (he’s been pondering running against Michele Bachmann since before Rep. Bachmann was actually elected) did pretty much the same.
Item #6: Congratulate
Mike Mosedale The City Pages: The City Pages Mike Mosedale (Winner of the 2007 “At Least He’s Not Matt Snyders or G.R. Anderson” award) wrote ran a long article in the metro’s foremost freebie, speculatively blaming…:
- The Governor
- Carol Molnau
- The Taxpayers League and David Strom
- The repair work going one on the deck
- The Feds
- The Met Council
- The state bureaucracy
- Society’s addiction to new goodies (like trains and ballparks)
- The original design of the bridge
In retrospect, the non-political parts of
Mosedale’s the piece were remarkably balanced for a local lefty alt-media report. Which is sort of like saying “except for the iceberg, the Titanic had a pretty good cruise”.
I’ll get working on them.