Chris Matthews makes a very good point (no, really) about our complete failure to upgrade our infrastructure:
We used to build trains and subways and airplanes for the world. Now we read about trains running three hundred miles an hour in France and China and we piddle along on Amtrak like we’re on a buckboard.
Why can’t we build railroads — rapid railroads to unite this country instead of making the vast continent between New York and LA “fly-over country” for the bi-coastal elite to look down on? Why don’t we build “anything” anymore? Would we build the subway systems of our country today? Would we build the Empire State building or the Golden Gate Bridge? Would be build this beautiful capital of Washington today?
I’m guessing no. Matthews:
You know the answer. We don’t build because we have neither the money nor the courage to do it. Republicans don’t believe in public investment, not even real capital investment that builds the economy. They think tax cuts are the one and only way to promote economic progress. Democrats are afraid to challenge them. And while we worry about today, China never stops thinking about tomorrow… investing and spending and creating the jobs we should have right here.
I would also add that doing this stuff would create jobs and help reduce the employment deficit.