What Fallows Says

Here’s James Fallows on, as he puts it, the sexiness of infrastructure.

The post gives a couple of examples of what it’s like to live with decaying infrastructure.  One of the cases Fallows considers is the possible role of a failure in the Russian air safety system in the crash this week that killed the Lokomotiv hockey team — a meditation that should strike fear into the heart of anyone flying under the gaze of a GOP-gutted FAA.

Fallows’ conclusion:

…the kinds of investments Obama was talking about constitute real wealth for a country, and their lack means real squalor, even though they are “public” wealth rather than belonging to anyone in particular.

Well, yeah.

The only truly astonishing aspect to what’s a very moderate post in both tone and content is that there is any controversy at all over a proposal to spending free dollars to rebuild America.

Image: New York City municipal airports, WPA poster, ca. 1937.

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2 Comments on “What Fallows Says”

  1. Mike Licht Says:

    Congress is quite sensitive to aviation safety issues. since members fly into DC Monday night or Tuesday morning and out again every Thursday afternoon or evening.

  2. M. Bouffant Says:

    Seems as if there’s a plane crash in Russia every couple of months.

    I suppose the United Snakes will catch up soon enough.


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