Here’s James Fallows on, as he puts it, the sexiness of infrastructure.
The post gives a couple of examples of what it’s like to live with decaying infrastructure. One of the cases Fallows considers is the possible role of a failure in the Russian air safety system in the crash this week that killed the Lokomotiv hockey team — a meditation that should strike fear into the heart of anyone flying under the gaze of a GOP-gutted FAA.
…the kinds of investments Obama was talking about constitute real wealth for a country, and their lack means real squalor, even though they are “public” wealth rather than belonging to anyone in particular.
The only truly astonishing aspect to what’s a very moderate post in both tone and content is that there is any controversy at all over a proposal to spend free dollars to rebuild America.
Image: New York City municipal airports, WPA poster, ca. 1937.