Failure to Invest in Infrastructure

Collapsed Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 (Allen Brisson-Smith/The New York Times/Redux)

The near-total failure of our political institutions to invest for the future, eschewing what doesn’t yield the quick payoff, political and physical, has left us with hopelessly clogged traffic, at risk of being on a bridge that collapses, or on a train that flies off defective rails, or with rusted pipes carrying our drinking water.
- Elizabeth Drew, A Country Breaking Down, New York Review of Books, Feb. 25, 2016

“So even though the economy is about six times larger than it was in 1955,” the report noted, “We are investing no more in our critical infrastructure today than our grandparents did.”
- THE EDITORIAL BOARD, Trying to Make America a Little Better, NYT, AUG. 6, 2017

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