Sunday, February 18, 2018

Despite What You've Heard, 'Crumbling Infrastructure' Is A Myth

Expect to hear the term "crumbling infrastructure" a lot in the days ahead, as Washington debates the merits of President Trump's plan to boost spending on the nation's roads, bridges, airports, railroads and whatnot by $1.5 trillion.
What's unlikely to come up in these discussions, however, is the question of whether the nation's infrastructure is really "crumbling" at all.
For the past four decades, there's been a steady stream of dire warnings about how our aging infrastructure was rapidly falling apart, and that without a massive influx of federal spending, roads would be impassable, bridges would collapse, ports would be unusable, and so on.
Back in 1978, for example, the Government Accountability Office reported that the "nation's highways are deteriorating, the Interstates most rapidly."
In 1984, the Transportation Research Board warned that 150,000 bridges were considered structurally deficient. In 1988, the Federal Highway Administration said the country faced a "bridge crisis."
Read the rest from John Merline HERE and follow link below to Jonah Goldberg's take on the subject:

The Myth of America’s ‘Crumbling’ Infrastructure

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