We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet. We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world. We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.
But we can’t seem to build a railroad tunnel to carry commuters between New Jersey and New York. The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn path to a region where being second rate is good enough.
Instead of forcefully providing infrastructure work that can employ millions nationwide, we see things like this – an extremely short-sighted political decision that hurts many.
We are tearing up paved roads instead of replacing them.
The American Society of Civil Engineers give the infrastructure of the US an overall score of D. Popular Science had a whole series about how bad things are and some high tech approaches to fixing them. These would all create a lot of jobs, jobs that simply may not be available with government spending.
Their solutions would cost money – money we would have if we had not been so good at warfare and so bad at governing.
I look forward to a day when we are again good at both, but practice the latter while resting the former.