Sometimes it’s not the stupid talking heads on cable news or the ill-intentioned politicians that make me wonder what happened to my country. Sometimes it’s things like an interstate bridge falling into the Mississippi River that get to me.
Yes, accidents/disasters happen. But when we’re spending billions to rebuild another country for no apparent reason, and we don’t have things perfect here, it’s just sad. It’s like the response to Katrina, except that at this scale, you have more energy left to reflect on things like this. It wasn’t a hurricane–there’s no place to go for blame other than people, unfortunately.
I know it’s impossible to raise taxes, politically. But if we’re going to deficit spend, doesn’t it make sense to invest it first in things like infrastructure?