GOP Conspiracy Theory Du Jour

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The last GOP national convention was held in New York City, following the September 11 attacks.

The next GOP national convention is in Minneapolis ... where there was supposedly some big tragedy last week.

This time they picked the location before the tragedy. So which is it? Did the GOP know that the bridge would collapse and kill ones of people, or did they cause it themselves?

Speaking of the bridge collapse, I don't get why this is a big issue. They thought the bridge was safe, they were wrong. Maria Bartiromo echoed the views of many when she said this weekend on McLaughlin Group that there's something wrong with the bridge collapsing in the "richest country in the world," as if money has anything to do with it.

(Not to mention that as a business reporter, she should understand money better to know that if we fixed everything that people thought should be fixed in the "richest country in the world," we wouldn't be the richest country in the world anymore.)

If we thought the bridge was unsafe, we would have found money to fix it. It's not about money, it's not about priorities, it's about us not being nearly as smart as we think we are, such that we say a bridge is safe when it isn't.

To a lesser degree, it's also about lack of government ability and the lack of confidence in government that comes with it. In Seattle, public officials said they wanted a Big Dig. Which, to most people, means huge cost overruns in the tens of billions, deadlines missed by many years, and massive corruption, all to get something that may never result in a net benefit (it's going to take decades to come out as a net benefit for time spent in traffic, and may never have a net economic benefit).

No one would ever say, "let's not pay money to fix a bridge that is going to collapse," unless the bridge were no longer needed, in which case you close it down. People are more than willing to pay money to do that. It's not about the money.

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