According to the American Society for Civil Engineers:
Europe puts 5 percent of its gross domestic product into infrastructure spending.
China 9 percent.
In the United States, it's only 2.4 percent.
Nearly two years ago, the ASCE estimated the five-year investment needed for infrastructure at $2.2 trillion.
Some of folks want us to continue the tax break for Dick Cheney instead of fixing what's wrong with our roads, bridges, schools, and waste treatment facilities and putting America back to work in the process.
More on the problem of deferred maintenance.