Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's about the infrastructure, stupid

Our country once had the world's leading infrastructure, thanks to Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now we drive over pitted roadways and collapsing bridges and rickety railroad tracks that won't support fast trains, forcing goods to travel via truck when that's much less cost-effective and much more polluting. Our electrical grid is one good solar mass ejection from collapsing in a heap, we don't have a national cellphone standard and our broadband support is the worst among all rich countries.

Yet when Democrats say we have to invest in our infrastructure so our businesses can keep up with the rest of the world, and it has to be done by government to avoid piecemeal balkanization of all these things, all Republicans hear is


...and their brains freeze like an epileptic's on seeing strobe lights flashing.

They're so far over the edge that they can't face the fact that no, they didn't "build it." They used it, like everyone else uses "it." They didn't build the roads and power grids and bridges and dams and everything else a civilization needs.

Do they want us to go back to homesteading like farmers in Little House on the Prarie?

How did the Republicans walk away from conservatism and become something very close to anarchists?

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