Thursday, August 31, 2006

The end of Empire

You know how to tell when a nation is in decline? Just look at its infrastructure. A society on the rise is marked by trains that run on time and well, highways that are a pleasure to drive upon, and basic services that work well. That's not happening in the U.S. anymore. Our pal RJ Eskow details:


The American Society of Civil Engineers last year graded the nation "D" for its overall infrastructure conditions, estimating that it would take $1.6 trillion over five years to fix the problem.


The U.S. is in decline, ladies and germs, and that decline has been hastened by the people in power for the past six years. My sad feeling is that in 50 years, the U.S. will be seen as a has-been compared to the Indians and Chinese, societies and economies both on the ascent.

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