Don’t Think We Need to Fix Our Country’s Crumbling Infrastructure? Tell That to This Guy

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 10.07.03 PMOnce upon a time, the United States was the leader when it came to innovation and groundbreaking moments in human history.  We often led the way globally when the newest and the best technology came along.  Nowadays, that’s not really the case.  Especially when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure and horrible means of public transportation.

While other countries build state of the art bullet trains, or focus a lot of their attention on expanding their public transportation systems, we’re decades behind these nations.  Subways are only found in a handful of cities, and in many towns you can’t even find any kind of public transportation system.  Heck, even in some major cities (San Antonio is a prime example) the public transportation system is bus only.  Here in DFW, the train system is extremely limited and not practical for the vast majority of motorists.

Other elements of our nation’s infrastructure are no better.  Bridges are becoming less and less safe while our roads crumble beneath our feet.  It’s not uncommon for the average American to drive down a street within their city or town and run across a giant pothole that’s been there for weeks or even months.

And while most might not think much about our deteriorating national infrastructure (mostly caused by that party which seems to feel investing in America isn’t nearly as important as cutting taxes for the rich or giving big oil billions of dollars in subsidies), you might want to talk to Dustin Duarte.  While driving in Minneapolis, he hit a pothole that was so deep and eroded, the impact caused his car’s airbags to deploy – sending him to the hospital with a damaged cornea and a concussion.  It also totaled his car, which was his only means of transportation.

That’s ridiculous.  This man could have lost his eye because many cities around this country lack the proper funding (or motivation) needed to repair and maintain their infrastructure.  What was once a bragging point for the United States is rapidly turning into an absolute embarrassment.

For their part, the Obama Administration has continued to offer plan after plan for funding fixes and improvements to our nation’s roads, bridges and transit.  Every single comprehensive plan they’ve put forward has been laughed at and killed by the GOP.

It’s a problem that if it’s not fixed soon, I promise you major catastrophes are going to follow.  Because while a pothole might not seem like a big deal, wait until bridge collapses become commonplace within the United States.  Maybe then more people will pay attention to this huge problem.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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