Jon Oliver has another excellent investigative report, this time on the way that America’s leaders act so cavalierly about the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The American public of course thinks that raising money to pay for repairs and maintenance is a sign that godless Communists are taking over by taxing the rich of their hard-earned dollars when that money could be used to buy yachts. They seem to think that elves will magically appear in the night and repair things for free.
It is a telling statement on the appalling state of political leadership in the US that the determination to give tax cuts to the rich dominates over raising money for major spending on infrastructure even though everyone is aware of the need to do so.
All the signs are that we are getting pretty close to not just one major failure (that has happened already with roads and bridges) but to either a series of events in rapid succession or an event that paralyzes an entire major city for a considerable length of time. That seems to be the only kind of thing that will focus people’s attention.