According to the latest TIME (while Bush fiddled):
“Global investment in infrastructure is soaring, but not in the U.S.”
“Few [U. S.] cities have good public transit…”
“Some 3,500 dams in the U.S. are unsafe…”
“The U.S. is decades behind global [railroad] standards and will need $250 billion over 20 years to catch up.”
“…$300 billion to $500 billion will be needed to repair and upgrade wastewater systems.”
“…U. S. airports will require a $14 billion annual infusion just to keep pace with basic needs.”
“Experts say 97% of roads need improvement…”
I remember when I was young and first left the U. S. to visit other parts of the world. I was impressed with the various cultural and political perspectives that weren’t visible in the U. S. and it made me aware of how much this country ignores about the rest of the world, but I was also struck with how well things functioned in the good old U.S.A. compared to most other places, even in as small a detail as the toilet paper!
But it wasn’t long before I began to notice how well things were functioning elsewhere, especially in Europe and Asia, compared to the U. S. and that in fact we seemed to be slipping behind.
Now, forget about it. We’re more like a so-called “third world” or “developing” country in many ways (health, infant mortality rates, distribution of wealth, etc.) but particularly in “infrastructure.”
A lot of the money for what’s needed, mentioned in the above quotes, has been wasted in Iraq on corrupt officials and corporations (like Hailburton) in failed schemes for improving the infrastructure there. It’s like we get two failed countries for the price of one. Good old Bush and the Bushies, they sure know how to fuck things up, don’t they?
And they ain’t done yet!