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11 Deeply Alarming Facts About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can agree upon it is the fact that America’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Previous generations of Americans conquered an entire continent and erected the greatest system of infrastructure that the world had ever seen, but now thousands upon thousands of those extremely impressive infrastructure projects are decades old and in desperate need of repair or upgrading.  The near catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  We should be constructing the next generation of infrastructure projects for our children and our grandchildren, but instead we are in such sorry shape that we can’t even keep up with the maintenance and upkeep on the great infrastructure projects that have been handed down to us.

Once upon a time nobody on the entire planet could even come close to matching our infrastructure, but now our crumbling infrastructure has become a joke to much of the rest of the industrialized world.  Sadly, this is just another symptom of our long-term economic collapse.  We simply are not able to put as much of our money toward infrastructure as previous generations of Americans did, and as a result we have a giant mess on our hands.  The following are 11 deeply alarming facts about America’s crumbling infrastructure…

#1 According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are currently “structurally deficient”.  What makes that number even more chilling is the fact that vehicles cross those bridges a total of 185 million times a day.

#2 More than one out of every four bridges in the United States is more than 50 years old and “have never had major reconstruction work”.

#3 America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world.

#4 The average age of America’s dams is now 52 years.

#5 Not too long ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the condition of America’s dams a “D” grade.

#6 Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers said that the condition of America’s infrastructure as a whole only gets a “D+” grade.

#7 Congestion on our highways costs Americans approximately 101 billion dollars a year in wasted fuel and time.

#8 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two-thirds of our roads are “in dire need of repair or upgrades”.

#9 In order to completely fix all of our roads and bridges, it would take approximately 808 billion dollars.

#10 Federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 9 percent over the past decade.

#11 According to Bloomberg, it is being projected “that by 2025, shortfalls in infrastructure investment will subtract as much as $3.9 trillion from U.S. gross domestic product.”

The quality of our infrastructure affects all of our lives every single day.  For instance, we all simply take it for granted that safe, clean drinking water is going to come out of our taps, but recent events have shown that is not necessarily always going to be the case.

Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan.

Water pipes, sewer systems and water treatment facilities all over the nation are aging and are in desperate need of repair.  Of course the exact same thing could be said about our power grid.  It was never intended to handle so many people, and on the hottest days of the summer the strain on the grid is very evident.

And of course the power grid is exceedingly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse event, and this is something that I covered in my book on getting prepared.  It has been projected that it would only cost a couple billion dollars to harden the grid against an EMP event, but our politicians refuse to spend the money.

Meanwhile, President Trump is completely correct when he says that our airports look like something that you would see in a third world country.  Most of our airports are at least several decades old, and they are definitely showing their age.

But things are even worse when you look at other systems of mass transit around the country.  While other nations such as Japan and China are investing huge amounts of money into high speed rail, we are doing next to nothing even though what we currently have is absolutely pathetic.

I could go on and talk about our ports, schools, waterways, parks, etc. but I think that you get the point.

President Trump’s instincts are right on the money when he says that he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure.  Without a doubt, we desperately need it.

The problem is that we are flat broke.

We are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and we are adding more than a trillion dollars to that total every year.

So where are we going to get the money?

It is easy for liberals to say that we should raise taxes, but how much more are you going to squeeze out of U.S. consumers?  Two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and we just learned that U.S. household debt has risen to a grand total of 12.58 trillion dollars.

Once upon a time, America was the wealthiest nation on the entire planet and we could afford to construct bold, new infrastructure projects from sea to shining sea.

But today we have the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world and we can’t even afford to repair what we already have.

When I speak of our long-term economic collapse, this is precisely the sort of thing that I am talking about.  We have clearly been in decline for a very long time, and anyone that would suggest otherwise is simply not being honest with you.

 

6 Responses to Crumbling Infrastructure

  • Ken Barrows says:

    Money isn't a problem.  Just make more of it (money/credit).  Investors love the idea.

  • Joe Bloggs says:

    From the point of view of the American Military-Industrial-Complex, things have never been better. Business is great! Yippie!

  • Skip says:

    If we are past peak oil, we are past peak asphault and peak everything else.  Welcome to the future.

  • JJGrey says:

    Use the military. 

    Soldiers are in good shape, young, and know how to work hard. The Army Corps of Engineers should be the leading aspect of the military. 

    Let purely civilian studen loan debtors repay their loans by working on US infrastructure projects. 

    Pull back the soldiers from around the world where they dont need to be, and put them here in the USA patroling the border and building/repairing the infrastructure that the country needs. 

    Of course this also means spending the military budget on these infrastructure needs. But the military was the original purpose of the interstate highway system and the infrastructure is what helps our economy make the funds to pay the military. And the military budget is about 1/2 the US budget – if a decent fraction of that was to go to infrastrcuture instead of munitions and black projects and stupid wars in distant nations, the US would be far better off IMHO. 

     

  • Anti Troll says:

    JJGrey: your suggestion, which is designed to benefit ordinary people, is eminently sensible, reasonable, practical and feasible. Unfortunately it does not take into account one inconvenient fact: the "leaders" of the FSA are clinically insane psychopaths. They don't care about ordinary people.

  • The problem is that we are flat broke. …

    So where are we going to get the money?

    The USA developed to become the leading component of Globalized Neolithic Civilization's abilities to build itself on the basis of being able to enforce frauds. Since doing so were the most socially "successful" strategies in each short to medium term increment, the most socially "successful" people became the best available professional hypocrites. Every facet of social "realities" that one more deeply investigates always demonstrates the same basic patterns of the vicious spirals of political funding resulting in the enforcement of frauds, whose feedbacks automatically become worse, faster … It tends to be quite futile to point out any relatively objective physical and biological realities, due to the ways that those are attempting to be advanced within an overall context where social "realities" have become as dishonest as possible, as well as are trending to become exponentially more dishonest.

    It is relatively easy to come up with lists of possible natural disasters, regarding which almost nothing is being done other than allow the infrastructures which would have to cope with those to continue to deteriorate. In my opinion, Civilization is less than 1% effectively prepared for various possible natural disasters, as well as has done less than 1% to attempt to prevent those natural disasters from causing concatenated consequences of the related man-made disasters which end up making things worse. The underlying reasons for the development of Globalized Neolithic Civilization to have become like that are the relationships between natural selection and artificial selection, such that natural selection pressures have driven the development of artificial selection systems to become as dishonest as possible. The roots of those trends are due to the ways that Civilization is controlled by its murder systems, which were most socially "successful" by becoming as deceitful and treacherous as possible. That then enabled the development of fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems, which are primarily based upon public governments enforcing frauds by private banks, as well as developing an entire panoply of increasingly sophisticated and integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, none of which stopped those lies from still being fundamentally false.

    Social "realities" were actually driven by natural realities to become as dishonest as previously possible, while those social "realities" continue to endeavour to become even more dishonest.  Politics is and should be applied human ecology. However, the essential features of human ecology are its death control systems, which have its murder systems as the most extreme manifestations. The existing murder systems have become as deceitful and treacherous as possible, while those back up the monetary and taxation systems, which have become as fraudulent as possible. Since everything that Civilization does is done through accounting systems which are based upon enforcing frauds, everything has become as fraudulent as possible, while advances in physical and biological sciences are primarily applied within the entrenched social "realities" to make those become ever more psychotically detached.

    In the case of natural disasters which are aggravated by man-made disasters, to become even worse mega-disasters, one tends to more starkly perceive the role of the governing state sending in armed forces to demand emergency compliance, including making the confiscation of citizen's private weapons to become one of the priorities of that governing state. The ironies are that Globalized Neolithic Civilization has obviously made weapons its biggest and most important businesses. However, that Civilization does not publicly understand its own death control systems, but rather, deliberately ignores and/or misunderstands those as much as possible. Every facet of that Civilization is actually based upon enforced frauds, since its "money" is all based upon enforced frauds. The combined money/murder systems are the result of the excessively "successful" applications of the methods of organized crime, driving the Civilization based upon those foundations to become runaway criminal insanities.

    Every significant infrastructure system appears to be suffering from the same overall patterns of the vicious spirals of political funding resulting in enforced frauds becoming worse, faster … In order for any of the things which Civilization does to NOT automatically continue to become more and more fraudulent and insane, it would be necessary to develop more public appreciation of the actual social realities, which admitted and addressed the death control issues and murder systems in more forthright ways. However, thousands of years of Neolithic Civilization has driven the development of the social "realities" based on the maximum possible deceits and frauds, while those sociopolitical systems are operated by the best available professional hypocrites. Essentially, it is politically impossible for human beings and Civilization to stop themselves from developing social "realities" which are automatically becoming more psychotic, and out of touch with physical and biological realities, due to the ways that social "realities" have become based on thousands of years of being able to back up lies with violence, despite that doing so never stopped those lies from still being false. Therefore, when one looks at the long list of possible natural disasters, which will be exacerbated by man-made disasters, to become overwhelming mega-disasters, there are no good grounds to doubt that those will NOT be more effectively prepared for, and will NOT be better prevented.

    After all, the oldest and best developed forms of social science and engineering were warfare, whose social "successfulness" was based on the maximum possible deceits and treacheries. Therefore, any and all attempts to develop any genuinely better social sciences continue to be quite dismal failures. The Grand Canyon Chasms between progress in physical science, WITHOUT progress in political science, continues to get wider and WIDER. Everyday, in every way, we are more and more living in Wonderland Bizarro Worlds, where everything is publicly presented in the most absurdly backward ways possible.

    It now seems nothing but vainglorious fantasies to recommend some "social psychiatry" for the kinds of social psychoses that "we" are collectively suffering, when what is far more likely are increasingly severe mega-disasters, overlapping themselves, as multiplying crises, which make doing anything better to prevent or prepare for those become laughable (to those with a sufficiently macabre sense of humour.) In that context, to better understand human beings and Civilization appears to be too little, too late, as well as too trivial to matter much anymore … From a sublime point of view, natural selection pressures have driven artificial selection systems to become more and more dishonest, to the point of becoming collective psychoses. The laws of nature are NOT going to stop working, however, that also appears to mean that the laws of nature are NOT going to stop driving Globalized Neolithic Civilization increasingly insane. Since it seems that too few people are able and willing to understand themselves doing that, there does not appear to be any realistic ways to resolve those real problems, other than by series of psychotic breakdowns, aided and abetted by series of mega-disasters, since the methods government agencies use to maintain aging infrastructure are based on staying inside the currently entrenched enforced frauds, which were the means which originally enabled making that  infrastructure.

    The problem is that we are flat broke. …

    So where are we going to get the money?

    The deeper problems are "we are flat broke" because "we" are living inside debt slavery systems, which have generated numbers which have become runaway debt insanities. Since those debt controls were backed by the death controls, the debt insanities are headed towards provoking death insanities.  Asking "where are we going to get the money?" should be done within the overall context that money is measurement backed by murder. The political economy always operated inside the human ecology, while those have developed to be operated through the maximum possible deceits and frauds. More levels of radical truth ought to recognize that human beings and civilization are manifestations of general energy systems, which live as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows. However, because that IS the case, those human systems have been driven to become as dishonest as possible, as well as are being driven to continue to become exponentially more dishonest.

    It is barely possible to exaggerate the degree to which Globalized Neolithic Civilization, with the USA as the leading component of That, has become based on the social successfulness of being able to continue to enforce frauds, despite that advancing technologies have enabled those to become exponentially more fraudulent. EVERYTHING regarding the infrastructure that was made, and previously maintained, was actually based upon being able to continue to enforce frauds, in ways whereby the best available professional hypocrites became the most socially successful people.

    The EXISTING infrastructure was made and maintained within the overall context that the people who did that were able to deliberately ignore and/or misunderstand the laws of nature in the most absurdly backward ways possible, because social successfulness based upon being able to enforce frauds required that people deliberately ignore the principle of the conservation of energy, as well as misunderstand the concept of entropy, in order to be able to continue to operate sociopolitical systems which were actually based upon being able to enforce frauds in ways which would NOT admit nor address what those systems were really doing.

    Whenever one attempts to reconcile the laws of nature with the laws of man, one is attempting to place artificial selection systems within the context of natural selection systems. However, the ONLY connections between the laws of nature and the laws of man were the abilities to back up lies with violence, while actually doing so in socially successful ways demanded that the vast majority of people not only did NOT understand that, but also, did NOT WANT to understand that.

    The history of successful warfare based on being as deceitful and treacherous as possible became the basis for building financial success on the basis of enforcing frauds. All of the infrastructure that was originally made and maintained within the USA was actually done within social pyramid systems which had severe class differences. Almost all of the class warfare was due to being able to enforce frauds, whose social successfulness has resulting in those developing at about an exponential rate, due to the underlying almost exponential progress in physical science and technology.

     

    Although "Plutocracy" is one of the relatively better labels,

    that term suffers from NOT recognizing the degrees that

    the primary source of "wealth" is legalized counterfeiting.

     

    Terms used in public political debates are MISLEADING.

     

    There is only ONE political system: organized crime.

     

    However, it is politically impossible to have any rational

    public debates about the ways that those "really" work,

    due to the degree that the existing civilization became

    dominated by the biggest organized crime gangs, as

    those were directed by the best organized gangs …

     

    The public languages used to debate political issues

    are the biggest bullies' bullshit, which has become

    the banksters' bullshit regarding any "economics."

     

    What the "REAL" history of "class warfare" in the USA

    demonstrated is the way that organized crime works.

     

    THE MOST TRIUMPHANT ORGANIZED CRIMINALS ARE

    THOSE WHO WERE ABLE TO LEGALIZE THEIR CRIMES!

     

    The language based upon DUALITIES,

    false fundamental dichotomies, and

    the related impossible ideals, exists

    since the biggest & best organized

    gangs dominated civilizations …

     

    As soon as human beings are perceived and defined

    as separated from each other and the environment,

    then they necessarily live as GANGS OF ROBBERS.

     

    (When they go to sea, then they must be pirates.)

     

    From an original SUBTRACTION follows ROBBERY.

     

    Any useful human language must use DUALITIES.

     

    However, the most useful languages are those

    which enable gangs of robbers to function!

     

    The intense paradoxes that surround ALL of the

    public debates regarding ANY political issues,

    are that the biggest bullies' languages were

    able to dominate societies, such that the

    "debates" are absurdly backwards …

     

    THAT APPLIES TO INFRASTRUCTURE.

     

    Post-modernizing mathematical physics has demonstrated convergence with ancient mysticism. However, that is way more profound than almost anyone is able to fully comprehend. Indeed, it may well be impossible for anyone to completely comprehend the principle of the conservation of energy, since ENERGY IS SPIRIT. What has been most clearly demonstrated by the prodigious progress in mathematical physics is that common sense notions about time and space being independent absolutes were totally WRONG. It was withing mostly taking that for granted that class warfare within societies operated through the same principles and methods as warfare between societies. Overall, the deeper aspects of class warfare in Globalized Neolithic Civilization, that the USA became the leading edge of, were the ways that there was an overall, generalized War on Consciousness.

    Indeed, the deeper dilemmas are that the more radical truths are presented, the less popular those become. Despite that what EXISTS became the ways that the previous systems of paper "money" frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons, have rapidly (within the life time of those still alive today) become globalized electronic frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic weapons, almost nobody who is publicly significant in presenting political analysis bothers to reconsider what quantum mechanics & the special theory of relativity has to say about the nature of "reality". Instead, social "realities" continue to be almost totally based upon the long history of being able to back up lies with violence, which became more sophisticated and integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, which still never stopped those lies from being false, but rather, enabled enforced frauds to become exponentially more fraudulent.

    Aspects of "economic collapse" are the collapsing of enforced frauds, due to final failures from too much success. EVERY aspect of the infrastructure systems that have been built in the USA were more and more built within the overall context of society dominated by enforced frauds, which have been enabled by about exponentially advancing technologies to become about exponentially more fraudulent. Therefore, any attempts to maintain the previously made infrastructure is attempting to be done within that overall context of an about exponentially more dishonest Civilization. The main themes of class conflicts in the USA in particular, as well as in Globalized Neolithic Civilization in general, are the ways that public governments enforce frauds by private banks, and the big corporations that have grown up around those big banks, while the overall social situation more and more becomes exponentially more fraudulent. To rephrase that, abstract "wealth" was lent into existence, while those processes which wasted natural resources appeared as the collateral for those loans, which were thereby making "money" out of nothing as debts, which was the kind of public "money" which "paid" for various infrastructure projects.

    It is "normal" for content on the various "alternative" critical Web sites, such as Doomstead Diner, to notice and discuss those increasingly obvious apparent anomalies, but NOT to go through more profound paradigms shifts. The existence of atomic bombs is due to the special theory of relativity, which demonstrated that the ways people thought about time and space were totally WRONG … Similarly, electronically automated financial frauds are due to quantum mechanics, which also demonstrated that most of the ways that people thought about "reality" was WRONG … Those enormous errors, in turn, reflect thinking about SUBTRACTION in absurdly backward ways, which are utterly WRONG, which then results in thinking about ROBBERY in absurdly backward ways, which are utterly WRONG.

    THEORETICALLY, what is required to develop better dynamic equilibria between the different systems of more or less organized lies operating robberies would be for more people to better understand the principles and methods of organized crime. However, doing so requires radical changes in the ways that people think about time and space, and therefore, think about the concept of entropy, which is the distribution of energy in time and space. However, doing so is PRACTICALLY impossible, since the biggest bullies' bullshit language so totally dominates Civilization, despite it not only being absurdly backwards, but also, becoming exponentially more absurdly backwards, due to the prodigious progress in physical science having NOT been integrated into political science. Indeed, at the present time, it is barely possible to imagine how it could become possible for people discussing political issues, such as warfare, in the forms of class warfare, to think more seriously about mathematical physics, because of the degree to which they are NOT interested in doing so. Despite that the technologies enabled by progress in mathematical physics have become trillions of times more capable and powerful than ever before in human history, human history itself has driven the development of warfare in general, and class warfare in particular, such that the War on Consciousness has become way, way too successful …

    Despite that advancing mathematical physics has resulted in an abundance of weapons of mass destruction, and electronic frauds, by and large political debates continue to be dominated by old-fashioned religions and ideologies which continue to take for granted utterly WRONG concepts of time and space, which then results in perpetuating absurdly backward notions about SUBTRACTION & ROBBERY. Since the majority of people have already been reduced to relatively incompetent political idiots, they are not able to become more competent citizens, which would be about the only "jobs" left for them to still do, after exponentially advancing technologies were able to automate everything else that used to be their "jobs."

    The state of class warfare in the USA, as well as around the world, is due to the almost total triumph of War on Consciousness, whereby almost everyone thinks and communicates through the dominate natural languages, and philosophy of science, which developed on the basis of the triumphs of the biggest bullies' bullshit-based world view, which has primarily become the banksters' bullshit regarding political economy, as promoted by those economists who were the intellectual mercenaries approved by, and indirectly paid by, the banksters' systems. Despite prodigious progress in physical science, nothing like that is allowed to happen in political science, which is what would actually be prerequisites that would be necessary for human beings and civilization to better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems. Instead, the ACTUAL development of human beings and civilization has created social pyramid systems, based upon being able to continue to enforce frauds, despite those becoming exponentially more fraudulent. OF COURSE, inside that overall context, being able to maintain the original infrastructure is becoming more and more impossible, at about an exponential rate.

    What advancing mathematical physics is actually doing is re-converging with ancient mysticism, from whence it started out long ago … However, at the same time, the technologies enabled by that prodigious progress in physical science continue to be applied through the established channels of social pyramid systems, based upon being able to back up lies with violence, despite that being able to do so still never stops those lies from being false, and therefore, the established political economy based upon being able to enforce frauds becomes exponentially more fraudulent. While it is theoretically possible for human beings and civilization to better understand themselves as manifestations of general energy systems, it is politically impossible to do so at the present time, as well as for the foreseeable future … since doing so would require using more UNITARY MECHANISMS, rather than continuing to rely upon the old-fashioned DUALITIES. (Since doing so was the main theme of the previous prodigious progress in physical sciences, which already achieved series of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts.)

    To be more scientific about society requires recognizing that human beings, whenever and however perceived and defined as relatively separated from their environment, and each other, then necessarily live as gangs of robbers, because the original subtractions made those mental models of themselves and their world necessarily operate in those ways. To be more scientific about society demands admitting and addressing that not only are governments the biggest forms of organized crime, dominated by the best organized gangs of criminals, but also that they must be so. However, at the present time, society is almost nothing but the central core of triumphant organized crime, namely banker dominated governments, surrounded by layers of controlled opposition groups, which stay inside the same frame of reference regarding these topics as were originally developed by the banksters and their buddies, such that their bullshit-based languages almost totally dominate the public spaces in which any so-called "debates" regarding class warfare issues take place.

    At the present time, it appears that technologically advancing civilization is NOT going to survive its own exponentially increasing contradictions, due to the ways that those have developed to become sets of consistent contradictions, such that the biggest and best organized gangs of criminals are publicly able to get away with pretending that they are NOT actually operating through applications of methods of organized crime, while the only publicly significant "opposition" to those also stay inside the same frame of reference, and hence, are not any kind of genuine opposition, but rather component parts of the overall problems, that Globalized Neolithic Civilization's War on Consciousness has been too successful, for too long, such that Civilization is collectively headed towards final failures from too much of that kind of social successfulness, based upon being able to continue to enforce frauds, with technologies that have enabled those to become exponentially more fraudulent, within which context it is becoming more and more preposterous that Civilization could maintain basic infrastructure.

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