President Obama again today alluded to the bridge collapse in Minnesota in the context of a spending fight, suggesting that a lack of spending caused the collapse:
Now, of course, there are some critics–always critics–who say we can’t afford to take on these priorities, but we have postponed and neglected them for too long. And because we have, our health care still costs too much. Our–our schools still fail too many of our children. Our dependence on foreign oil has actually grown since the 1970s, still threatens our economy and our security.
We’ve seen the tragic consequences when our bridges crumble and our levees fail. They say we can’t afford to take on these tasks? Florida, you know we cannot afford not to.
The bridge collapsed because of a design flaw, not because of insufficient expenditures on maintenance or inspections.