This Fourth of July weekend, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is calling on the nation to "invest in our own future" by fixing highways, bridges, rails and airports across America.
Rendell, an avowed believer in infrastructure spending, renewed his call for the federal government to plow more public money into the U.S.'s aging transportation architecture.
"Infrastructure made this country great," Rendell says in an interview with CNBC's "On The Money."
The Keystone State's former governor is blaming Washington for inaction in refusing to fund the projects that could rebuild U.S. infrastructure. As a percentage of gross domestic product, public funding of the sector has fallen sharply, even when factoring in the effects of the 2009 stimulus package.
"Washington is paralyzed," he told CNBC in an interview. "They can't raise their hand and invest revenue in anything, even things that are important to our quality of life, our public safety, our economic competitiveness and job creation."