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21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic than they were ever designed to carry. Approximately a third of all of the dam failures that have taken place in the United States since 1874 have happened during the past decade. Our national parks and recreation areas have been terribly neglected and our railroads are a bad joke. Hurricane Katrina showed how vulnerable our levees are, and drinking water systems all over the country are badly outdated. Sadly, at a time when we could use significant new investment in infrastructure, our spending on infrastructure is actually way down. Back during the 50s and the 60s, the U.S. was spending between 3 and 4 percent of GDP on infrastructure. Today, that figure is down to about 2.4 percent. But of course we don't have any extra money to spend on infrastructure because of our reckless spending and because of the massive amount of debt that we have accumulated. While the Obama administration is spending more than half a million dollars to figure out why chimpanzees throw poop, our national infrastructure is literally falling apart all around us. Once upon a time nobody else on the planet could match our infrastructure, and now we are in the process of becoming a joke to the rest of the world.

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#2 is Bullshit, there are TOO

#2 is Bullshit, there are TOO MANY roads in the US today.
#3 okay, what does "stuck in traffic mean"? Going slower than the speed limit? 160 hours is a paltry number to total time spent driving for any person.
#9 I agree with this. Texas is in love with road building and there are some roads that are being paved that do not need it.
#10 Most of the dams in the US were from unnecessary building sprees from government jobs bills.
#12 A central planners wet dream, LETS BUILD MORE SHIT that no one will use
#16 can be taken care of by private charity groups and Boy Scouts looking for parks to clean up
#17 CHINA? REALLY? DO we want to be like them?
#19 No comment.

Southern Agrarian

Just throw more money at it. That fixes everything.

Look at how well the department of education has done.

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